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Edwin Van Bibber-Orr

Edwin Van Bibber-Orr

Assistant Professor, Chinese; Chinese Program Coordinator
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

340A HB Crouse Hall

Research Interests

Edwin Van Bibber-Orr specializes in the literary history of China’s Middle Period (9th - 14th centuries). His research focuses on the interaction between Song dynasty literary culture and gender history. Professor Van Bibber-Orr has additional research interests in print culture, translation theory, and psychoanalytic theory. 


Doctor of Philosophy, Chinese literature, May 2013
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Dissertation: "A Feminine Canon: The Reception of Zhu Shuzhen and Li Qingzhao"
Advisor: Kang-I Sun Chang

Master of Philosophy, Chinese literature, May 2009
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Master of Arts, Chinese literature, May 2008
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Bachelor of Arts, Chinese, magna cum laude, May 2003. 
Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT


Spring 2015

LIT 300 Traditional Chinese Literature

CHI 400 Advanced Chinese II (please email for instructor consent)

Fall 2014

CHI 101 Chinese I

CHI 400 Advanced Chinese I 

Work In Progress

“Bodies of Work: The Metonymic Hermeneutics of Song Dynasty Inscriptions on Women’s Poetry Collections” [In progress journal article]

“Putting Down the Drink: Intoxication, Alcoholism, and Song Literati" [In progress book chapter]

Selected Publications

"A Review of The Poetics of Miscellaneousness: The Literary Design of Liu Yiqing’s Qiantang Yishi and the Historiography of the Southern Song, by Gang Liu,” in Dissertation Reviews, January 2014

“Interview with Chen Changfen,” in The Great Wall of China: Photographs by Chen Changfen (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007)

“Not Letters or Beijing,” “One Sentence in the Middle,” and “Untitled,” in Palimpsest., Volume 5 (2007)