Ph.D., Columbia University, Japanese Literature; M.A., Columbia University, Waseda University; B.A., Tsinghua University
Chi Zhang’s research and teaching interests broadly center on a reconstruction of the larger “Sino-Japanese” cultural relationship in premodern times. Her dissertation, Loyalty, Filial Piety, and Multiple “Chinas” in the Japanese Cultural Imagination, 12th – 16th Centuries, explores the role of intermediary texts (dictionaries, encyclopedias, and commentaries) in the different modes of receiving and constructing Chinese literary culture depending on historical periods and scholarly lineages. Her current project contemplates the reinvention of ancient Chinese tales and knowledge in the late medieval period warrior tales such as in the Taiheiki (A Chronicle of Great Peace, 1340s-1371). Before joining Bates, Chi was a postdoctoral research scholar at Columbia University, and taught at Haverford College for one semester while completing her Ph.D.