Loyola University Maryland

Modern Languages & Literatures

Dr. Yu Zhang

Chair, Modern Languages & Literatures

Associate Professor of Chinese

Yu Zhang410-617-2507
Maryland Hall 458


  • Ph.D., The University of Oregon
  • M.A., Shaanxi Normal University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Chinese Literature in the 19th & 20th Centuries 
  • Christianity in Later Imperial China
  • Gender Theories  

Recent Courses Taught at Loyola University Maryland

Courses taught in Chinese:

  • CI 100-102 ChineseI-II
  • CI 103-104 Chinese III-IV
  • CI 201 Chinese Composition and Conversation
  • CI 202 Advanced Chinese Composition and Conversation

Courses taught in English:

  • ML 340D China through Film
  • ML 301 Modern Chinese Literature in Translation
  • ML 315D Popular Culture in Contemporary China
  • ML 309D Gender, Peace, and Justice in East Asia

Awards and Fellowships

  • Travel Grant, the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 2019
  • Dean's Discretionary Fund, Loyola University Maryland, 2017, 201
  • Summer Research Grant, Loyola University Maryland, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
  • Stanford East Asia Library Travel Grant, 2017-2018
  • Research Expense Funds, Loyola University Maryland, 2017, 2019
  • Junior Research Leave, Loyola University Maryland, Spring 2017
  • Alternate, Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS in China Studies Postdoc Fellowship, 2016-17
  • Harvard-Yenching Library Travel Grant, 2014-2015



  • Zhang, Yu. Interfamily Tanci Writing in Nineteenth-Century China: Bonds and Boundaries. Lanham MD: Lexington Books. 2018.


  • (Forthcoming December 2019) Zhang, Yu. "Between Confucianism and Catholicism: Rethinking Wu Li as Ming Loyalist." Ming Qing Studies, 2019: 139-68.
  • 重建历史想像 [Reconstructing Historical Imagination], in 岭南学报 Lingnan Journal of Chinese Studies, 2015, Vol. 4 (1): 61-74
  • “Writing Her Way through the Legend of Yue Fei: Zhou Yingfang and Jing zhong zhuan” in Frontiers of Literary Studies in China (FLSC), 2015, 9(2): 281-305. DOI: 10.3868/s010-004-015-0012-0
  • “Representations and Actions under the Alien Rule: Women in Mongol-Yuan China,” in Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, Issue 34 (Feb 2014), URL: http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue34/zhang.htm, accessed May 6 2014.
  • Zhang, Yu. 異性扮演的文化透視 [The cultural interpretation of theatrical cross-dressing in China], in 民族藝術 (Ethnic Arts) 3 (2003): 80-88.
  • Zhang, Yu. 元曲中的浪子 [Life of a drifter: poems of the Yuan], in 東北亞論壇副刊 (Northeastern Asia Forum Supplement), 12 (2002): 32-37.

Book Reviews: 

  • Joint review of Suyoung Son, Writing for Print: Publishing and the Making of Textual Authority in Late Imperial China (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2018) and Megan M. Ferry, Chinese Women Writers and Modern Print Culture (Amherst, New York: Cambria Press, 2018). China Review International, 24.1 (2009): 1-7.
  • Review of Binbin Yang, Heroines of the Qing: Exemplary Women Tell Their Stories (London and Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016). Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR).
  • Review of Liangyou: Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1945 (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2014). Newsletter of International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Issue 72 (Autumn 2015) URL: http://newbooks.asia/review/hybrid-and-highly-contested-pictorial. Accessed October 18, 2015.
  • Review of Andrea S. Goldman, Opera and the City: The Politics of Culture in Beijing, 1770–1900 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012). Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, Issue 34 (July 2014), URL: http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue35/zhang_review.htm. Accessed July 27, 2014
  • Review of Keith McMahon, Women Shall Not Rule: Imperial Wives and Concubines in China from Han to Liao (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Review (WAGRev中国妇女与性别研究书评) (2014) URL: http://www.wagnet.ox.ac.uk/wagrev/journals/articles/00910.html. Accessed: July 27, 2014.
  • Review of Grace S. Fong and Ellen Widmer, ed., The Inner Quarters and Beyond: Women Writers from Ming through Qing (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2010). Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews 34 (2013): pp. 215-17.
  • Review of Xiaorong Li, Women's Poetry of Late Imperial China: transforming the inner chambers (Seattle-London: University of Washington Press, 2012). Women’s History Review 5 (2013): pp. 509-11. DOI:10.1080/09612025.2013.828540

Other Publications:

  • Review of Wu He, Remains of Life (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017). Asian Review of Books (ARB). URL:http://asianreviewofbooks.com/content/remains-of-life-by-wu-he/
  • Zhongguo gudai nüxing shige jianshang cidian 中國古代女性詩歌鑒賞辭典 (Dictionary of women’s poetry in imperial China), ed., Zhao Houjun, Shanghai Dictionary Press (2016). Invited contributor. 

Digital Collection:

Lectures and Presentations

Recent Presentations at Scholarly Conferences: 

  • (Forthcoming) "Literati Connoisseurship of Tanci Flower Registers in Late Qing." Presentation at the Panel "Chinese Literature before 1900." Annual Convention of Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association (RMMLA). El Paso, TX, October 2019.
  • “Dora Yü’s Hymn as Literature.” Presentation at the Panel “Gender and Christianity in Early Twentieth-Century China.” Annual Convention of Association for Asian Studies (AAS). Washington D.C., March 2018.
  •  “Dora Yü: Her Words, Her Faith.” Presentation at the Panel “Gender and Sexuality in Ming Qing.” Annual Convention of Modern Languages Association (MLA). New York City, January 2018.
  •  “Indian Women and Chinese Daughters.” Presentation at the Panel “Chinese Literature before 1900.” Annual Convention of Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA). Spokane, WA, October 2017.
  •  “From Pagoda Shadows to Chinese Daughters: Varied Images of Chinese Women on Mission.” Presentation at the Panel “Text, Symbol, and Identity in Premodern Asia.” Annual Convention of Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (MARAAS). Towson, Maryland, October 2016.
  • “Lottie Moon and Her Friends in Late Qing China.” Presentation at the Panel “Chinese Literature before 1900.” Annual Convention of Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA). Salt Lake City, October 2016.
  • “Zheng Zhenhua and the Legacy of Peony Pavilion.” Presentation at the Panel “Tales Told Twice: Adaptations in/from Chinese Literature before 1900-Session III.” Annual Convention of Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA). Santa Fe, October 2015.
  • “Women with Talents: Zheng Zhenhua and her Tanci Narrative Meng ying yuan.” Presentation at the Panel “Beyond Stereotypes: Genres, Topics and Subjectivities in Late Imperial Chinese Women’s Writing .” American Association for Chinese Studies (AACS) Conference. Washing D.C., October 2014.
  • “Women’s Tanci as Popular Texts in Shanghai: 1900-1935.” Presentation at the Panel “New Directions in Chinese Literary and Media Studies.” Annual Convention of Association for Asian Studies (AAS). Philadelphia, March 2014.
  • Tanci Lyrical Narratives:  The Confluence of Music Performance and Vernacular Fiction in Late Imperial China.” Presentation at the Panel “Influence/Confluence of Genres in East Asia to 1900.” Annual Convention of Modern Language Association (MLA). Chicago, January 2014. 
  • “Dedication, Loyalty and Feminine Virtues in the New Story of Yue Fei.” Presentation at the Panel “In Her Own Image: Self-representation in Late Imperial Chinese Women's Writing.”Annual Meeting of Association for Asian Studies (AAS). San Diego, March 2013.

Service, Activities, and Memberships in Academic Societies

Service at Loyola University Maryland:

  • Academic Advisor, 2015-present
  • Loyola Chinese Club Moderator, 2014-present
  • Academic Senate, 2014-2015
  • Committee Member, Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship, 2014-2017

Other Service:

  • Application Reader for the Critical Language Scholarship Program, 2012-present

Fall 2020 Newsletter

Due to the Corona Virus, we are working remotely until further notice.

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Modern Languages & Literatures