Dr Xiaohuan Zhao

PhD (Edinburgh)
Chair of Department
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Literature

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3555

Biographical details

Huan obtained both his B.A. and M.A. from Central China Normal University, and his PhD in Classical Chinese Literature from the University of Edinburgh. He taught at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland and Otago in New Zealand before taking up his current position at the University of Sydney.

He is the recipient of a CUHK Visiting Fellowship (2012), a JSPS Fellowship (2011), and NTNU International Visiting Scholarship (2006), and has been invited to give public lectures and seminar talks at Peking University, Seoul National University and the Kyoto-based Nichibunken, among many other prestigious universities and research institutes.

Research interests

  • Cognitive poetics,
  • Literary translation
  • Early Chinese thought
  • Law and literature
  • Religion and literature
  • Ritual and theatrical performance
  • Classical Chinese fiction and poetry
  • Pre-modern Chinese performance literature
  • Pre-modern Chinese legal and intellectual history
  • Daoism and Chinese folk beliefs and practices, particularly ghostlore

Teaching and supervision

  • Classical Chinese Poetry
  • Classical Chinese Prose
  • Classical Chinese fiction
  • Readings in Early Chinese Thought
  • Introduction to Chinese Civilisation

Current projects

  • Translation and study of Liu Xiang’s (79-8 BE) Shuoyuan (Garden of Persuasions)
  • Sorcery, magic and their stipulations in imperial Chinese law
  • The cult of Chenghuang the City God in the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)
  • Marriage, family and law in Yuan drama

Awards and honours

Huan's 2005 book Classical Chinese Supernatural Fiction: A Morphological History won the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship. (Reviewed by Rania Huntington on China Review International: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/china_review_international/v014/14.1.huntington.html)

Selected publications

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Books

  • Zhao, X., Qiao, X. (2009). New Zealand: Its History, People and Culture. Shanghai: Fudan University Press.
  • Zhao, X. (2005). Classical Chinese Supernatural Fiction: A Morphological History. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press.

Book Chapters

  • Zhao, X. (2011). From Mythology to Melodrama: a Morphological Analysis of Fantasy/Ghost Play-Peony Pavilion in the Ming Dynasty. In Shuxian Ye (Eds.), Structurism in Mythology, (pp. 305-321). Xian: Shaanxi Normal University Press.
  • Zhao, X. (2010). On the Birth and Growth of the Literary Genre of Tang Chuanqi Fiction. In Hao Li (Eds.), Studies in Tang Literature, (pp. 987-996). Guilin: Guangxi Normal University Press.
  • Zhao, X. (2007). An Investigation into the Textual Patterns of the Classic of the Way and Virtue. In Hongsheng Zhang, Nanxiu Qian (Eds.), Chinese Literature: Dialogue between Tradition and Modernity, (pp. 109-121). Shanghai: Shanghai Guji Press.
  • Zhao, X. (2006). Lexical Cohesion and Conjunction: A Textual Study of the Tao te ching from the Hallidayean Perspective. In D. Wang (Eds.), Functional Linguistics and Translation Studies, (pp. 46-66). Guangzhou: Sun Yat-sen University Press.
  • Zhao, X. (2003). A Theoretical Review of Prague School Phonology. In Xuanmin Luo and Youyuan Liu (Eds.), Form and Function: A Collected Works on Language Studies, (pp. 110-117). Hefei, China: Anhui Literature and Art Publishing House.

Journals

  • Zhao, X. (2014). Ghosts and spirits in Chinese zaju and Japanese noh: a comparative study (in press). Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics.
  • Zhao, X. (2014). Law Issues Concerning Marriage and Family in Yuan Keju Drama. Journal of Shanghai Normal University (Philosophy & Social Sciences Edition), 43(4), 53-61. [More Information]
  • Zhao, X. (2014). Love, Lust, and Loss in the Daoist Nunnery as Presented in Yuan Drama. T'oung Pao: International Journal of Chinese Studies, 100, 1-40. [More Information]
  • Zhao, X. (2013). Political Uses of Wugu Sorcery in Imperial China: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, 8(2), 132-161. [More Information]
  • Zhao, X. (2013). Review of Robert Ford Campany. Signs from the Unseen Realm: Buddhist Miracle Tales from Early Medieval China. China Review International: a journal of reviews of scholarly literature in Chinese studies, 19(2), 224-348.
  • Zhao, X. (2012). A Genre Study of the Laozi: With Special Reference to the Debates and Discussions among the Gushibian Scholars. Laozi xuekan (Journal of Laozi Studies), 3(November 2012), 29-45.
  • Zhao, X. (2011). Court Trials and Miscarriage of Justice in Dream of the Red Chamber. Law & Literature, 23(1), 129-156. [More Information]
  • Zhao, X. (2010). Literature and Literary Tradition: A Cognitive Perspective. Tamkang Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 41(March), 1-24.
  • Zhao, X. (2010). Towards an Integrated Cognitive Model of Literature: With Special Reference to Tang Chuanqi Fiction. AUMLA, 114, 57-71.
  • Zhao, X. (2009). Collection, Classification and Conception of Xiaoshuo in the Taiping Guangji. Asian Cultural Studies, 35(March), 1-14.
  • Zhao, X. (2007). On the Modes of Theme-Rheme Combination and Logic-semantic Relations in the Text of the Tao te ching. Studies in Sinology, 29(2), 79-110.
  • Zhao, X. (2007). Presentation and Representation of Time and Space in Chinese Traditional Theatre: with Special Reference to The Peony Pavilion. Double Dialogues, 7(Winter 2007).
  • Zhao, X. (2006). From Story to Script: Towards a Morphology of The Peony Pavilion - A Dream/Ghost Drama from Ming China. Acta Orientalia Vilnensia, 7(1-2), 189-208.
  • Zhao, X. (2005). On Text Expansion in the Horizontal Dimension - with Special Reference to Advertising Texts in Chinese. The New Zealand Language Teacher, 31(November), 51-55.
  • Zhao, X. (2005). Xiaoshuo as a Cataloguing Term in Traditional Chinese Bibliography. Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies, 5(2), 157-181.

2014

  • Zhao, X. (2014). Ghosts and spirits in Chinese zaju and Japanese noh: a comparative study (in press). Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics.
  • Zhao, X. (2014). Law Issues Concerning Marriage and Family in Yuan Keju Drama. Journal of Shanghai Normal University (Philosophy & Social Sciences Edition), 43(4), 53-61. [More Information]
  • Zhao, X. (2014). Love, Lust, and Loss in the Daoist Nunnery as Presented in Yuan Drama. T'oung Pao: International Journal of Chinese Studies, 100, 1-40. [More Information]

2013

  • Zhao, X. (2013). Political Uses of Wugu Sorcery in Imperial China: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, 8(2), 132-161. [More Information]
  • Zhao, X. (2013). Review of Robert Ford Campany. Signs from the Unseen Realm: Buddhist Miracle Tales from Early Medieval China. China Review International: a journal of reviews of scholarly literature in Chinese studies, 19(2), 224-348.

2012

  • Zhao, X. (2012). A Genre Study of the Laozi: With Special Reference to the Debates and Discussions among the Gushibian Scholars. Laozi xuekan (Journal of Laozi Studies), 3(November 2012), 29-45.

2011

  • Zhao, X. (2011). Court Trials and Miscarriage of Justice in Dream of the Red Chamber. Law & Literature, 23(1), 129-156. [More Information]
  • Zhao, X. (2011). From Mythology to Melodrama: a Morphological Analysis of Fantasy/Ghost Play-Peony Pavilion in the Ming Dynasty. In Shuxian Ye (Eds.), Structurism in Mythology, (pp. 305-321). Xian: Shaanxi Normal University Press.

2010

  • Zhao, X. (2010). Literature and Literary Tradition: A Cognitive Perspective. Tamkang Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 41(March), 1-24.
  • Zhao, X. (2010). On the Birth and Growth of the Literary Genre of Tang Chuanqi Fiction. In Hao Li (Eds.), Studies in Tang Literature, (pp. 987-996). Guilin: Guangxi Normal University Press.
  • Zhao, X. (2010). Towards an Integrated Cognitive Model of Literature: With Special Reference to Tang Chuanqi Fiction. AUMLA, 114, 57-71.

2009

  • Zhao, X. (2009). Collection, Classification and Conception of Xiaoshuo in the Taiping Guangji. Asian Cultural Studies, 35(March), 1-14.
  • Zhao, X., Qiao, X. (2009). New Zealand: Its History, People and Culture. Shanghai: Fudan University Press.

2007

  • Zhao, X. (2007). An Investigation into the Textual Patterns of the Classic of the Way and Virtue. In Hongsheng Zhang, Nanxiu Qian (Eds.), Chinese Literature: Dialogue between Tradition and Modernity, (pp. 109-121). Shanghai: Shanghai Guji Press.
  • Zhao, X. (2007). On the Modes of Theme-Rheme Combination and Logic-semantic Relations in the Text of the Tao te ching. Studies in Sinology, 29(2), 79-110.
  • Zhao, X. (2007). Presentation and Representation of Time and Space in Chinese Traditional Theatre: with Special Reference to The Peony Pavilion. Double Dialogues, 7(Winter 2007).

2006

  • Zhao, X. (2006). From Story to Script: Towards a Morphology of The Peony Pavilion - A Dream/Ghost Drama from Ming China. Acta Orientalia Vilnensia, 7(1-2), 189-208.
  • Zhao, X. (2006). Lexical Cohesion and Conjunction: A Textual Study of the Tao te ching from the Hallidayean Perspective. In D. Wang (Eds.), Functional Linguistics and Translation Studies, (pp. 46-66). Guangzhou: Sun Yat-sen University Press.

2005

  • Zhao, X. (2005). Classical Chinese Supernatural Fiction: A Morphological History. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press.
  • Zhao, X. (2005). On Text Expansion in the Horizontal Dimension - with Special Reference to Advertising Texts in Chinese. The New Zealand Language Teacher, 31(November), 51-55.
  • Zhao, X. (2005). Xiaoshuo as a Cataloguing Term in Traditional Chinese Bibliography. Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies, 5(2), 157-181.

2003

  • Zhao, X. (2003). A Theoretical Review of Prague School Phonology. In Xuanmin Luo and Youyuan Liu (Eds.), Form and Function: A Collected Works on Language Studies, (pp. 110-117). Hefei, China: Anhui Literature and Art Publishing House.

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