William Nienhauser

(608) 262-3580
1208 Van Hise
Ph.D., Indiana University

Halls-Bascom Professor of Classical Chinese Literature


Early traditional fiction and history; early poetry; T'ang tales.


Shiji of Sima Qian, Tao Qian, Soushen ji, Tang chuanqi tales, Du Fu.


Books, Monographs

Co-author. Liu Tsung-yüan. New York: Twayne, 1973.

P'i Jih-hsiu. Boston: Twayne, 1979.

Editor and Compiler. Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature. Volumes 1 and 2. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1986 and 1998.





Editor and Co-Translator. The Grand Scribe's Records. Volumes 1, 2, 5.1, 7, and 8. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994, 1994, 2002, 2006 and 2008.

Zhuanji yu xiaoshuoTangdai wenxue bijiao lunji 传记与小说 唐代文学比较论集 (Biography and Fiction: A Collection of Comparative Articles on TangDynasty Literature). Beijing: Zhonghua Shuju, 2007.






“An Allegorical Reading of Han Yü’s ‘Mao Ying chuan’ (Biography of Fur Point),” Oriens Extremus, 23.2 (December, 1976): 153-174.

“A Structural Reading of the Chuan in the Wen-yüan ying-hua,” Journal of Asian Studies, 36.3 (May 1977): 443-456.

“The Origins of Chinese Fiction,” Monumenta Serica, 38 (1988-89): 191-219.

“Literature as a Source for Traditional History: The Case of Ou-yang Chan,” CLEAR, 12 (1990): 1-14.

“A Reexamination of ‘The Biographies of the Reasonable Officials’ in the Records of the Grand Historian,” Early China, 16 (1991): 209-33.

“Female Sexuality and Standards of Virtue in T’ang Narratives,” in Eva Hung, ed., Paradoxes of Traditional Chinese Literature. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 1994, pp. 1-20.





“Creativity and Storytelling in the Ch’uan-ch’i: Shen Ya-chih’s T’ang Tales,” CLEAR 20 (1998): 31-70. 

“Zai shuo Jiu Tang shu ‘Li Bo liezhuan, ’” Wenxue yichan 2003.1: 32-6.

“A Note on a Textual Problem in the Shih chi and Some Speculations Concerning the Compilation of the Hereditary Houses,” T’oung Pao 89 (2003): 39-58.

“Biography of Liu Dajie,” CLEAR 27 (December 2005): 200-13.

“Tetrasyllabic Shi Poetry: The Book of Poetry (Shi jing),”in How to Read Chinese Poetry: A GuidedAnthology, Zong-qi Cai, ed. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007, pp.15-47.

For Want of a Hand: A Note on the ‘Hereditary House of the Jin’and Sima Qian’s ‘Chunqiu,’” Journal of the American Oriental Society127 (2007): 229-48.

“A Third Look at ‘Li Wa zhuan,’” T’ang Studies 25<(2008): 91-110

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