William H. Nienhauser, Jr. is Halls-Bascom Professor of Classical Chinese literature. Having studied in the Far East and Germany, Nienhauser received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1973. He has held a number of fellowships (including awards from Woodrow Wilson, ACLS, NEH, Fulbright-Hayes, Japan Foundation, German Research Foundation, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) and taught or held research professorships in China, Germany, Japan and Taiwan. In 2003 he received a lifetime achievement award from the Humboldt Foundation. Nienhauser has authored or edited over a dozen books and nearly one hundred articles and reviews including the Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature, The Grand Scribe’s Records. Vol. 1, 2, 5.1 and 7 China (an on-going translation of Sima Qian’s Shiji), and a collection of essays in Chinese, Zhuanji yu xiaoshuo (Zhonghua, 2007). Nienhauser is a founding editor of Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR; since 1979). His current research includes the continued translation of the Shiji as well as projects to annotate and translate the major chuanqi tales and a study of Du Fu’s poetry (joint projects with graduate students). Other interests include the application of modern Western criticism to Chinese literature and New Historicist approaches to early Chinese zhiguai tales.