Zhenzhen Lu

Zhenzhen Lu

Assistant Professor of Chinese



Roger Williams Hall, Room 205

Asian Studies

Roger Williams Hall, Room 205



I am a scholar of Chinese literature and culture and am interested broadly in the practices of reading, writing, publishing and performance in the 16th to 19th centuries. Drawing on archival research in China and Japan, my current book project, The Vernacular World of Pu Songling, examines a diverse body of writings in the manuscripts of village scholars from rural Shandong (in northern China). I have also published articles on the topic of scribal publishing and entertainment literature in 19th century Beijing, and maintain active interests in histories of print and popular culture. Before coming to Bates, I was a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures at the University of Hamburg in Germany, a visiting scholar at New York University, and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, where I received my PhD. Here at Bates, I am excited to teach a wide range of courses in Chinese language, literature and culture.

Current Courses

Fall Semester 2021

ASCI 207
Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation

CHI 401
Advanced Chinese I

CHI 457
Senior Thesis

Winter Semester 2022

CHI 415
Readings in Classical Chinese

INDS 287
Chinese Drama and Storytelling