Nathan C. Faries

Assistant Professor of Asian Studies

Associations

Asian Studies

Roger Williams Hall, Room 311

Chinese

Roger Williams Hall, Room 311

207-753-6981nfaries@bates.edu

About

Nathan Faries has taught at Bates since 2014 and has been a student of Chinese language and culture since 1997. He taught at universities in Hong Kong and Beijing for several years while completing his PhD in Comparative Literature, and he has led several short-term study trips to Beijing, Xi’an, and Hong Kong for students at Bates and other American schools. Dr. Faries teaches courses in Chinese language, modern and contemporary Chinese literature, and a first-year seminar comparing Chinese and American conceptions of diversity. Dr. Faries wrote his dissertation on questions of religious identity and freedom in Chinese literature. His book on these issues, The “Inscrutably Chinese” Church, was published in 2010. He has also published essays on Su Xuelin, a Modern Chinese Catholic novelist. Two recent book chapters by Faries include a co-authored essay on portrayals of Buddhism in recent adaptations of the classic novel Journey to the West, as well as an exploration of Chinese spiritual practice as it contrasts with Western Christian spirituality. Professor Faries has translated several science fiction stories from China which have appeared in Future Science Fiction Digest. His current projects are an essay about the Emperor of China in Don Quixote and a chapter on Lu Xun and popular culture for Approaches to Teaching Lu Xun.