Dr Xiaohuan Zhao

PhD (Edinburgh)
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Literature

Member of China Studies Centre

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.

Following his being selected into the Shanxi Hundred Talents Scheme (SHTS) in 2015, Huan was appointed by Shanxi Provincial Government as ‘SHTS Distinguished Professor’ at the Institute of Chinese Traditional Theatre and Theatrical Relics of Shanxi Normal University.

Research interests

  • Art and archaeology
  • Magic, myth, and ritual
  • Chinese musical drama
  • History of Chinese Theatre
  • Chinese folk and temple theatre
  • Chinese folk religion and ghostlore
Chinese folk religion and ghostloreArt and archaeology
Magic, myth, and ritual
Chinese musical drama
History of Chinese Theatre
Chinese folk and temple theatre
Chinese folk religion and ghostlore
Classical Chinese supernatural fictionLaw and literature
Magic, myth, and ritual
Chinese musical drama
History of Chinese Theatre
Chinese folk and temple theatre
Chinese folk religion and ghostlore
Classical Chinese supernatural fictionLaw and literature
Magic, myth, and ritual
Chinese musical drama
History of Chinese Theatre
Chinese folk and temple theatre
Chinese folk religion and ghostlore
Classical Chinese supernatural fiction

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

Classical Chinese Prose
Classical Chinese Poetry
Classical Chinese Fiction
Chinese Drama and Theatre
Classical Chinese Language

Introduction to Chinese Civilisation
  • Classical Chinese Prose
  • Classical Chinese Poetry
  • Classical Chinese Fiction
  • Chinese Drama and Theatre
  • Classical Chinese Language
  • Introduction to Chinese Civilisation

Supervision

  • Classical Chinese literature
  • Chinese drama and theatre
  • Ritual, religion, and theatre
  • Chinese religion and literature
  • Oral and performance literature
  • Chinese folklore and mythology
Chinese folklore and mythologyClassical Chinese literature
Chinese drama and theatre
Ritual, religion, and theatre
Chinese religion and literature
Oral and performance literature
Chinese folklore and mythology

Current research students

Project title Research student
The Ritual and Theatrical Performance in Hong Kong � A Case Study of Tin Hau Temple Festival Milly CHENG
The Yangzhou Pinghua Storytelling of Knave Pi Five---Seen from the Oral Performance by Yang Mingkun Liu LIU

Current projects

  • Murals from the Tombs along the Silk Road (Deputy Editor-in-Chief for a seven-volume book project, funded by the Cultural Industry Incubator Project (CIIP) of Jiangsu Province, China, contracted with Southeast University Press)
  • Traditional Chinese drama, fiction and folk belief: an overseas perspective (Book project, contracted with Fudan University Press)
  • A history of Chinese temple theatre (Book project, contracted with Routledge Theatre and Performance Studies)
  • Translation of Marvin Carlson'sTheatre: A Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2014 (Book translation project, contracted with Yilin Press)

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)

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected publications

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Books

  • Zhao, X. (2018). Drama, Fiction and Folk Beliefs: Traditional Chinese Literature and Culture from an Overseas Perspective. Shanghai: Fudan University Press.
  • 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. (2015). "Keju zhiyu hunyin jilting guanxi de kaocha - Yi Yuan zaju Qiangtou mashang, Xiaoxiang yu and Yuqiao ji wei zhongxin" (Civil Service Examinations and Their Relation to Marriage and Family Relationships: A Case Study of Three Yuan Zaju Plays - On the Horseback and over the Garden Wall, Rain on the Xiaoxiang River, and Record of a Fisherman and a Woodcutter). In Chen Pingyuan (Eds.), Keju yu Chuangbo: Zhongguo Suwenxue Yanjiu (Civil Service Examinations and Communications: Studies in Vernacular Chinese Literature), (pp. 247-265). Beijing: Peking University Press.
  • 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 (Jie Gou Zhu Yi Shen Hua Xue), (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. (2017). The Hall of Superabundant Blessings: Toward an Architecture of Chinese Ancestral-Temple Theatre. Asian Theatre Journal, 34(2), 397-415. [More Information]
  • Zhao, X. (2017). Yuan zaju zhong de n�daogu: mishi zai dao'an zhong de aiqing he rouyu (Love, Lust, and Loss in the Daoist Nunnery as Presented in Yuan Drama) - translated by Wang Qian. Journal of Guizhou University (Art Edition), 31(6), 88-101.
  • Zhao, X. (2017). Zhongguo chuantong xiqu shikong de biaoxian yu zaixian--yi Mudanting ting weili (Presentation and Representation of Time and Space in Chinese Traditional Theatre: with Special Reference to The Peony Pavilion) - translated by Wang Qian. Journal of Guizhou University (Art Edition), 31(1), 94-98.
  • Zhao, X. (2016). Sorcery Crimes, Laws, and Judicial Practice in Traditional China. Australian Journal of Asian Law, 17(1), 1-21.
  • Zhao, X. (2016). The Cult of Chenghuang the City God in the Yuan Period: with Special Reference to the Quan Yuan Wen. Shijie Zongjiao Yanjiu [Studies in World Religions], 160(4), 85-100.
  • Zhao, X. (2015). Ghosts and Spirits in Zaju and Noh. Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, XXXVIII (38)(1-2), 1-31.
  • Zhao, X. (2015). Review - VIBEKE B�RDAHL. Wu Song Fights the Tiger: The Interaction of Oral and Written Traditions in the Chinese Novel, Drama and Storytelling. Asian Studies Review, 39(2), 330-332. [More Information]
  • Zhao, X. (2014). Law Issues of Marriage and Family Relations in the Imperial Examination Play of Yuan Miscellaneous Dramas. 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, 100, 80-119. [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. 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.

2018

  • Zhao, X. (2018). Drama, Fiction and Folk Beliefs: Traditional Chinese Literature and Culture from an Overseas Perspective. Shanghai: Fudan University Press.

2017

  • Zhao, X. (2017). The Hall of Superabundant Blessings: Toward an Architecture of Chinese Ancestral-Temple Theatre. Asian Theatre Journal, 34(2), 397-415. [More Information]
  • Zhao, X. (2017). Yuan zaju zhong de n�daogu: mishi zai dao'an zhong de aiqing he rouyu (Love, Lust, and Loss in the Daoist Nunnery as Presented in Yuan Drama) - translated by Wang Qian. Journal of Guizhou University (Art Edition), 31(6), 88-101.
  • Zhao, X. (2017). Zhongguo chuantong xiqu shikong de biaoxian yu zaixian--yi Mudanting ting weili (Presentation and Representation of Time and Space in Chinese Traditional Theatre: with Special Reference to The Peony Pavilion) - translated by Wang Qian. Journal of Guizhou University (Art Edition), 31(1), 94-98.

2016

  • Zhao, X. (2016). Sorcery Crimes, Laws, and Judicial Practice in Traditional China. Australian Journal of Asian Law, 17(1), 1-21.
  • Zhao, X. (2016). The Cult of Chenghuang the City God in the Yuan Period: with Special Reference to the Quan Yuan Wen. Shijie Zongjiao Yanjiu [Studies in World Religions], 160(4), 85-100.

2015

  • Zhao, X. (2015). "Keju zhiyu hunyin jilting guanxi de kaocha - Yi Yuan zaju Qiangtou mashang, Xiaoxiang yu and Yuqiao ji wei zhongxin" (Civil Service Examinations and Their Relation to Marriage and Family Relationships: A Case Study of Three Yuan Zaju Plays - On the Horseback and over the Garden Wall, Rain on the Xiaoxiang River, and Record of a Fisherman and a Woodcutter). In Chen Pingyuan (Eds.), Keju yu Chuangbo: Zhongguo Suwenxue Yanjiu (Civil Service Examinations and Communications: Studies in Vernacular Chinese Literature), (pp. 247-265). Beijing: Peking University Press.
  • Zhao, X. (2015). Ghosts and Spirits in Zaju and Noh. Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, XXXVIII (38)(1-2), 1-31.
  • Zhao, X. (2015). Review - VIBEKE B�RDAHL. Wu Song Fights the Tiger: The Interaction of Oral and Written Traditions in the Chinese Novel, Drama and Storytelling. Asian Studies Review, 39(2), 330-332. [More Information]

2014

  • Zhao, X. (2014). Law Issues of Marriage and Family Relations in the Imperial Examination Play of Yuan Miscellaneous Dramas. 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, 100, 80-119. [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 (Jie Gou Zhu Yi Shen Hua Xue), (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. 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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