Affiliate member of the Religious Studies Program
Daoism, Chinese Religion and Literature
- Ritual and narrative culture in Chinese religious traditions (Ming dynasty to present)
- Interaction between local religion and Daoism (Ming to present)
- Fieldwork in Hunan (ongoing since 2004)
- Fieldwork on Taiwan (ongoing since 2003)
- Daoism and ecology; Daoism and modernity
- Introduction to Daoism (EA/RS 350)
- Genres of Asian Religious Writing (EA/RS/LCA 235)
- Topics in Chinese Literature: Journey to the West (EA/LITTRANS 371)
- Topics in Religious Studies: Society, Modernity, and Chinese Religion (RS 200)
- History of Chinese Thought I: Hagiography, Ritual, and Miracles (EA 661)
- History of Chinese Thought II: Visions of Ritual, Ritual Visualizations (EA 662)
- Seminar in Chinese Thought: Exorcisms, Festivals, and Theatre in Late Imperial Popular Culture (EA 971)
Demonic Warfare: Daoism, Territorial Networks, and the History of a Ming Novel. University of Hawai’i Press, 2015
ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS:
“Spheres of Cultural Circulation: A Case Study of Altars, Statues and Rituals in Hunan” (paper prepared for the conference on historical anthropology by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, September 2016; to be published 2018)
“Enter the Vision: Ming Paintings as Portals into Different Time-Space.” (paper prepared for the conference on late imperial paintings by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, October 2016; to be published in 2017)
“Ritual and Locality: Fengshen yanyi in a Hunan Village.” (to be submitted to Studies in Chinese Religions by June 30, 2016).
“Rituals at the Water Margin: How Shuihuzhuan Lets the Demons Play Only to Lock Them up Again.” (accepted for publication in edited volume; forthcoming with Hong Kong Commercial Press, Summer 2016).
“Daoist Modes of Perception: Sire Thunder's Ritual Conversion into the Human Body-cosmos.” (submitted to Daoism: Religion, History, and Society, 2016).
“Death and Demonization of a Bodhisattva: Guanyin’s Reformulation within Chinese Religion.” (Journal of the American Academy of Religion, January 2016). http://jaar.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/01/29/jaarel.lfv104.full.pdf?keytype=ref&ijkey=6036N5eAKj3zv6t
From “The Corpus of Daoist Ritual”: The Song of the Dark Pearl. In Jack Miles (ed.), The Norton Anthology of World Religions (NYC: Norton, 2015), pp. 1923-28.
“Dancing with the Gods: Daoist Ritual and Popular Religion in Central Hunan” In John Lagerwey & Lü Pengzhi (ed.), Comparative Ethnography of Local Daoist Ritual 「地方道教儀式實地調查比較研究」. (Taibei: Xin Wenfeng, 2013), pp. 113-84.
“From ‘Withered Wood’ to ‘Dead Ashes’: Burning Bodies, Metamorphosis, and the Ritual Production of Power.” Cahiers d’Extrême Asie 19 (2012), pp. 217-66.
“Chinese Religion in the Ming and Qing.” In Randall Nadeau (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2011), pp. 125-144.
“Daoism.” In Jacob Neusner (ed.), Introduction to World Religions: Communities and Cultures (Abingdon Press, 2010), pp. 233-49.
“Of Statues and the Local Soil: How Village Gods in Hunan Speak Daoist Theology” In Gil Raz (et. al.), Daoist Visual Culture (forthcoming).
“How the Chinese 'Novel' became a Province in the Empire of World Literature” (article)
"His Ugly Body Exposed: A Visual History of the Thunder God’s Powers" (article)
"Ghost Stories: The Social Imaginary of Ming China" (book project)
"Uses of Transcendence: Ritual Ecology and Modernity in a Chinese Village" (book project)