Curriculum Vitae

Katherine L. Alexander

University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations

Education

06.2016 Ph.D. University of Chicago, Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations
Dissertation title: “Virtues of the Vernacular: Moral Reconstruction in Late Qing Jiangnan and the Revitalization of Baojuan
12.2009 M.A. University of Chicago, Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations
05.2007 B.A.  Beloit College summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.
East Asian Languages and Cultures with departmental honors
Physics with departmental honors
Exchange program: Lingnan University (Hong Kong), Exchange program – Fall 2005

Research and Teaching Interests

Early Modern China: relationships between Chinese popular literatures and popular religions; popular novels, short stories, dramas, and their oral antecedents; publication history and print cultures; status and uses of Chinese vernaculars; Taiping War Civil and postwar reconstruction, particularly in relation to didactic literature, popular religions, and elite attitudes towards social change and reform; Chinese women’s history; Taiwan history and popular religions

Conference Activities

Panels Organized

03.2020 “Legacies of Civil War: Religion and Politics in the Late Qing”
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Boston, MA
11.2019 “Disaster and Calamity in Chinese Religions from the Medieval to the Modern Era”
co-organized with Dr. Gregory Scott, University of Manchester

American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, San Diego, CA
11.2018 “Inspired by the Other: Rhetorical Reinventions of Tradition in Ming-Qing Religious Literature”
American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, Denver, CO
03.2015 “Sowing Seeds of Goodness: Morality Literature in Qing China”
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

Papers Presented (forthcoming included)

03.2020 “Literary Legacies: Reproducing and Re-imagining Yu Zhi’s Corpus”
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Boston, MA
11.2019 “Disaster and Calamity in Chinese Religions – The Early Modern Era”
American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
10.2019 “Revising Redemption: Laboring Women and the Work of Moral Performance Literature”
Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association Annual Convention, El Paso, TX
11.2018 “A Confucian Great Commission: Yu Zhi’s Call to Evangelize the Chinese Masses”
American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, Denver, CO
10.2018 “Confucianize Popular Culture, Popularize Confucian Culture: A Late Qing Response to Christian Evangelism”
American Oriental Society, Western Branch Annual Meeting, Palo Alto, CA
10.2018 “Stories in Motion: A Newly-Discovered, Revised Version of Liu Xiang baojuan”
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Cheyenne, WY
03.2018 “Good Housekeeping: Advice for Women in a late Qing Daily-Use Religious Encyclopedia”
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Washington, D. C.
11.2017 “Late Qing Performances of Philanthropic Identity in Reprints of Pan Gong baojuan”
American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
10.2017 “Literary Afterlives of Chastity Paragons in Qing dynasty Taiwan”
American Oriental Society, Western Branch Annual Meeting, Tempe, AZ
03.2017 Mothers, Maidens, and Ghosts: Afterlives of Qing Chastity Paragons on the Taiwan Frontier
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada
06.2016 Tactical deployment of vernacular literature in wartime Jiangnan (1853-1864)
AAS-in-Asia, Kyoto, Japan
04.2016 Embodying Guanyin, Embodying yaojing: Devotional Deviance in Liu Xiang baojuan
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Seattle, WA
03.2015 Penitent Mothers and Vengeful Fetuses: The Price of Infanticide
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
 01.2013 Liu Xiangnü baojuan and Lay Religious Practice”
Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion: International & Interdisciplinary Conference, Fo Guang University, Taiwan
02.2010 “The Elusive Reflection: Reality and Illusion in Mirrors of the Honglou Meng
Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, Columbia University
02.2009 “Third Rate Iron? A new look at Li Rihua’s Nanxixiang ji
Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, Columbia University

Workshop Presentations

12.2019 “Making Good: Labor and Laborers in Post-Taiping Moral Reconstruction”
The Makers Space: Person, Place, and Production in Early Modern China,
Johns Hopkins University
02.2019 “The Precious Scroll of Cherishing Grains: Redemptive Labor as Women’s Work”
New Directions in the Study of Early Modern Chinese Fiction Symposium, University of Puget Sound
10.2017 “Heaven is Always Watching: Women’s Redemptive Labor in late Qing Morality Literature”
East Asian Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies Faculty, University of Montana
03.2015 “Preserving Grains, Written Paper, and Infants in the Shadow of the Taiping War”
East Asian Transregional Histories Workshop, University of Chicago
12.2014 “Reading for Women: Chinese Popular Religious Culture and Literature in the Late Qing”
Art and Politics of East Asia Workshop, University of Chicago
 06.2011 “The Rat and the Bodhisattva: Performance and Religion in Late Qing Baojuan (Precious Scrolls)”
Literature, Theater and Cultural History of China Workshop, University of Chicago
11.2009 “Six Illusions of Encountering an Immortal: Late Ming Xixiang Print Culture and the Allure of Expertise”
Literature, Theater and Cultural History of China Workshop, University of Chicago

Other Presentations

10.2019 Archival and Private Collection in Modern China: The Case of Zashuguan” Invited panelist, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
03.2019 Review of Yuhang Li, Becoming Guanyin: Artistic Devotion of Buddhist Women in Late Imperial China
Inaugural First Book Roundtable, Society for the Study of Chinese Religions, AAS 2019
10.2018 “Imperial Values and Private Virtues: Popular Morality Literature in the late Qing”
Faculty Research Forum, Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, CU Boulder
06.2018 High School Commencement Speaker, Kaohsiung American School
10.2017 “Afterlives of Chinese Widows: Venerating Chaste Women on the Taiwan Frontier”
Invited Speaker, Mansfield East Asia Lecture Series, University of Montana
10.2017 “Memorials of Story and Stone: Afterlives of Qing Chastity Paragons on the Taiwan Frontier”
Faculty Research Forum, Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, CU Boulder
02.2016 “Moralizing the Immoral: Conservative Confucian Values and Vernacular Literature”
Asian Studies Faculty Seminar, Beloit College
08.2013 “以《劉香寶卷》研究清末宗教與文化 The Precious Volume of Liu Xiang and late Qing religion and culture” (presented in Mandarin Chinese)
Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
05.2013 “The Business of Being Good: Baojuan in late Qing Jiangnan”
Fulbright Thought Leader Lecture Series, Fulbright Taiwan
04.2006 “Translation’s Illicit Pleasures: The Plum in the Golden Vase
Student Symposium Presentation, Beloit College

Awards and Honors

02.2019 Bibliographical Society of America Community Grant
04.2018 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Team Grant, University of Colorado, Boulder
12.2017 CHA Faculty Fellowship, Center for Humanities and the Arts, University of Colorado, Boulder
06.2014 Whiting Dissertation-Year Fellowship, Humanities Division, University of Chicago
06.2014 Martin Marty Junior Fellowship, Martin Marty Center, Divinity School, University of Chicago
05.2013 Chinese Studies Dissertation Fellowship, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Chicago
06.2012 Pre-dissertation Research Grant, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Chicago
04.2012 Fulbright Student Fellowship, United States Department of State
11.2011 Taiwan Fellowship, Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (declined)
05.2007 Lucius Porter Prize for Asian Studies, Beloit College
05.2006 Phi Beta Kappa, Beta of Wisconsin, Beloit College

Publications

Articles

“Conservative Confucian Values and the Promotion of Oral Performance Literature in late Qing Jiangnan: Yu Zhi’s Influence on Two Appropriations of Liu Xiang baojuanCHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature 36.2 (December 2017):89-115.

Invited Articles in Progress

“The Penitent Mothers of 19th century Anti-female-infanticide Literature”
Late Imperial China
Status: submitted with initial review, revise and resubmit in progress

“Mothers, Maidens, and Ghosts: Afterlives of Qing Chastity Paragons on the Taiwan Frontier”
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
Status: revise and resubmit in progress

Reviews

Practicing Scripture: A Lay Buddhist Movement in Late Imperial China. by Barend J. ter Haar. in Journal of Asian Studies 76.3 (August 2017):771-773.

The Immortal Maiden Equal to Heaven and Other Precious Scrolls from Western Gansu by Wilt Idema in Journal of Chinese Religions 45.2 (October 2017):212-214.

Many Faces of Mulian: The Precious Scrolls of Late Imperial China by Rostislav Berezkin in CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature 38:2 (December 2019):171-176.

(forthcoming)Jesuits and Matriarchs: Domestic Worship in Early Modern China by Nadine Amsler in Journal of the American Oriental Society.

Online publications

Should the Vatican Compromise with China? A ChinaFile Conversation” ChinaFile, September 25, 2018.

Beyond Boundaries: What makes us Taiwanese?” TaiwaneseAmerican.org, April 29, 2014

Teaching

University of Colorado, Boulder (Boulder, CO), 08.2016 – present

Undergraduate courses
Introduction to Chinese Civilization (Fall 2016, Spring 2018, Spring 2020, Fall 2020)
Women and the Supernatural in Traditional Chinese Literature (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2019)
Advanced Writing Topics on Chinese & Japanese Literature and Civilization (Spring 2017)

Graduate seminars
Early Modern Chinese Fiction (Fall 2016, Fall 2020)
History of Chinese Literature 1000-1900 (Fall 2017, Spring 2020)
Topics in Early Modern Literature: Ming-Qing Contexts (Fall 2019)
Graduate Academic Writing (Spring 2018, 2020)

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL), 09.2009 – 03.2016

Instructor
Divinity and Femininity: Women’s Religious Lives in Pre-modern China (Winter 2016)
Humanities Core: Readings in World Literature (Fall 2015)
Writing Intern
Humanities Core: Readings in World Literature (Fall 2015)
Humanities Core: Reading Cultures (Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Winter 2012)
Course Assistant
The Ghost Tradition in Chinese Literature, Opera and Film (Fall 2011)
Dream of the Red Chamber and the Culture of Late Imperial China (Fall 2009)

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), 08-12.2011; 08-12.2015

Instructor
Falling in Love All Over Again: 1200 Years of Reinventing a Chinese Tale (Fall 2015)
Chinese I (Fall 2011)

Beloit College (Beloit, WI), 08.2006 – 05.2007

Course Assistant
Chinese 100, Chinese 200 (Fall 2006, Spring 2007)

Pedagogical Training

Winter 2014 East Asian Languages, Acquisition and Pedagogy – audit
Instructor: Hi-Sun Kim
Summer 2009 Pedagogies of Writing – intensive 8 week training, prerequisite to assuming writing instructor position
University of Chicago Writing Program

Languages/Skills

Mandarin Chinese – near-native oral fluency, advanced reading knowledge

Classical Chinese – advanced reading knowledge

Taiwanese – intermediate oral fluency

Japanese – functional reading knowledge, beginner oral proficiency

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