Dr Esther Klein

PhD (Princeton)
Lecturer

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9114 1305

Biographical details

Esther Klein received her BA in Literature from Harvard University in 1997, an MA in East Asian Languages and Literatures from the University of Oregon to 2002, and a PhD from Princeton University in 2010. Her supervisor was Martin Kern, and her dissertation research was on early Chinese historical narrative with particular focus on Sima Qian and the Shiji. She was a Fulbright Fellow at Peking University (2006-7) and received a Taiwan Ministry of Education grant for study in Taiwan (2012). She is currently revising a book manuscript which explores the history of Shiji interpretation as it relates to perceptions of Sima Qian as author.

Research interests

  • Early Chinese historiography and historical narrative
  • Warring States, Qin, and Han Intellectual History
  • Early Chinese textual history and commentarial practices

Teaching and supervision

  • Chinese history to the Tang dynasty
  • Classical Chinese language

Current projects

  • “Constancy and the Changes: A Comparative Reading of ‘Heng Xian’” (forthcoming, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy)
  • “Sima Qian’s Confucius and the Western Han Lunyu” (under review, edited volume)
  • 《史記》的真實與牴牾 (under review, edited volume)
  • The Father of Chinese History (book manuscript)
  • “Adopting Sanxingdui” (conference presentation)

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Klein, E. (2013). Constancy and the Changes: A Comparative Reading of Heng Xian. Dao: a journal of comparative philosophy, 12(2), 207-224. [More Information]
  • Klein, E. (2010). Were there "Inner Chapters" in the Warring States? A New Examination of Evidence about the Zhuangzi. T'oung Pao, 96(4-5), 299-369. [More Information]

Reference Works

  • Klein, E. (2013). Li Guang. In Kerry Brown et al. (Eds.), Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group.

Other

  • Brindley, E., Goldin, P., Klein, E. (2013), A Philosophical Translation of the Heng Xian: Springer.

2013

  • Brindley, E., Goldin, P., Klein, E. (2013), A Philosophical Translation of the Heng Xian: Springer.
  • Klein, E. (2013). Constancy and the Changes: A Comparative Reading of Heng Xian. Dao: a journal of comparative philosophy, 12(2), 207-224. [More Information]
  • Klein, E. (2013). Li Guang. In Kerry Brown et al. (Eds.), Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group.

2010

  • Klein, E. (2010). Were there "Inner Chapters" in the Warring States? A New Examination of Evidence about the Zhuangzi. T'oung Pao, 96(4-5), 299-369. [More Information]

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