Christopher Nugent

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Professor of Chinese

413-597-3701
Hollander Hall Rm 343
At Williams since 2004

Education

B.A. Brown University (1991)
Ph.D. Harvard University, East Asian Lang & Civilization (2004)

Areas of Expertise

Medieval Chinese literary culture, Dunhuang educational texts, manuscript culture, historical information management practices, memory and memorization

Scholarship/Creative Work

Books

The Textual Practices of Literary Training in Medieval China: Evidence from Dunhuang Manuscripts. Manuscript in progress.

Literary Information in China: A History. Chen, Detwyler, Liu, Nugent, and Rusk, eds. Columbia University Press, 2021.

Manifest in Words, Written on Paper: Producing and Circulating Poetry in Tang Dynasty China. Harvard University Asia Center, 2010. Winner, 2012 Joseph Levenson Book Prize, Pre-1900 Category.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

“Performative Synecdoche in a Medieval Chinese Florilegium.” In Learning, Performance, and Power in Pre-modern Eurasia. (Edited volume currently under review)

“Medieval Encyclopedias.” In Chen, Detwyler, Liu, Nugent, and Rusk, eds., Literary Information in China: A History. Columbia University Press, 2021, pp. 295–305.

“Introduction” (Chen, Detwyler, Liu, and Rusk, co-writers). In Chen, Detwyler, Liu, Nugent, and Rusk, eds., Literary Information in China: A History. Columbia University Press, 2021, pp. xxi–xxxii.

“Graphs” (chapter headnote). In Chen, Detwyler, Liu, Nugent, and Rusk, eds., Literary Information in China: A History. Columbia University Press, 2021, pp. 3–4.

“Encyclopedias” (chapter headnote). In Chen, Detwyler, Liu, Nugent, and Rusk, eds., Literary Information in China: A History. Columbia University Press, 2021, pp. 291–94.

“Leaving the World Behind.” Williams Magazine (fall, 2020), p. 26.

“Philological Practices in the Chinese Tradition.” In Phillip Roelli, ed., Handbook of Stemmatology: History, Methodology, Digital Approaches, DeGruyter, 2020, pp. 501–12.

“Sources of Difficulty: Reading and Understanding Du Fu.” In Xiaofei Tian, ed., Reading Du Fu: Nine Views. Hong Kong University Press, 2020, pp. 111–28.

“Structured Gaps: The Qianzi wen and Its Paratexts as Mnemotechnics.” In Swartz and Campany, eds., Memory in Medieval China: Text, Ritual, and Community. Brill, 2018, pp. 158–92.

“Literary Media.” In Denecke, Li, and Tian, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Classical Chinese Literature (1000 BCE–900 CE). Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 46–60.

“Manuscript Culture,” In Denecke, Li, and Tian, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Classical Chinese Literature (1000 BCE–900 CE). Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 61–75.

“Putting His Materials to Use: Experiencing a Li Bai Yuefu in Manuscript and Early Print Documents,” East Asian Publishing and Society 5.1 (2015), pp. 32–73.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Travel Grant. 2017. Awarded for travel to London to examine Dunhuang manuscripts held at the British Library.

UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Distinguished Visiting Scholar. January, 2016.

2013 Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Scholar Grant for “It’s All Before Your Eyes: Organizing, Using, and Transmitting Literary Knowledge in Medieval China.”

2013 Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in Chinese Studies Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grant (collaborator with Jack W. Chen, UCLA) for “Reading, Information, and Quantification in Traditional China.”

2012 Joseph Levenson Book Prize, pre-1900 category, for Manifest in Words, Written on Paper: Producing and Circulating Poetry in Tang Dynasty China.

Professional Affiliations

Association of Asian Studies, Early Medieval China Group, T’ang Studies Society

Current Committees

  • Committee on Educational Affairs