Dr. YANG Binbin 楊彬彬博士

  • Associate Professor, tenured in 2016
  • BA (Lanzhou University), MA (Beijing University),
  • PhD (Washington University in St. Louis)
  • 852-39174291
  • 852-28581334
  • Rm 807, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
  • bbyang@hku.hk
  • https://hku-hk.academia.edu/BinbinYang

楊彬彬博士,香港大學中文學院副教授。歷任中國社會科學院文學所助理研究員、香港大學中文學院助理教授、副教授,2016年獲終身教職。她的主要研究興趣為明清婦女文學與寫作文化,同時涉及中西方性別研究、醫療人文等新興領域。已完成兩項由香港研究資助局資助的課題,並獲得2018/19年度人文學及社會科學傑出學者獎。目前的寫作和發表主要探討清代徽商家族中博學女性的著述與交遊對其家族社會身份蛻變的影響,以及對徽商遷移地精英社交與文化生產的改變。她講授的本科課程包括:CHIN1109 中國婦女文學、CHIN2121 歷代散文、CHIN2145 元明清戲曲、CHIN2146 “病美人”:明清文學中的性別與疾病。同時擔任碩士、博士研究生導師(MPhil, MA, PhD)。

Dr Yang Binbin is an associate professor (tenured in 2016) in the School of Chinese, the University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining the School in 2010, she was an assistant research fellow at the Institute of Literature, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Her research focuses on women’s literature and writing culture in late imperial China, and she has broad interests in gender studies and medical humanities in China and the West. She has completed two GRF projects, and received the 2018/19 Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship to further develop her research outputs. Currently she is writing and publishing on learned women from the Qing mercantile lineages from Huizhou, with a view to illuminating how these women’s rise to cultural prominence spurred the social metamorphosis of their families, and changed the landscape of elite social bonding and cultural production during this time. The undergraduate courses that Dr Yang teaches include: CHIN1109 Introduction to Chinese women’s literature, CHIN2121 Prose up to the nineteenth century, CHIN 2145 Chinese theater during the Yuan, Ming and Qing periods, and CHIN 2146 The “sickly beauties”: gender and illness in late imperial China. She is also supervising MPhil, MA, and Ph.D theses.

主要研究課題及成果獎 Major Research Grants and Awards:

  • 2018/19: Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship人文學及社會科學傑出學者獎
  • 2015-18: GRF project, Money, Culture, and Social Ascendancy: Learned Women in Mercantile Lineages from Huizhou, 1700-1850. 香港研究資助局資助課題
  • 2011-15: GRF project, Mediations of Expression: How Exemplary Women Wrote Their Emotions in 18th-and-19th-Century China. 香港研究資助局資助課題
  • 2015: Faculty Research Award for Junior Tenure-Track Professoriate Staff (under the category of cumulative research activity over a 3-year period). 香港大學文學院研究成果獎(助理教授級別)

專著 Monograph:

Heroines of the Qing: Exemplary Women Tell Their Stories. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016.書評 Book Reviews:

“…this study is not only of interest to students of traditional Chinese women’s literature. It ranges over fields as widely apart as print culture, art history, social history and medical history. In each of these fields it shows a far more assertive participation of women than is commonly assumed.”

“stellar value,” “important contribution to scholarship.”

––Professor Wilt L. Idema, Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China 18.2 (2016)

“Methodologically innovative, carefully researched, and clearly written, Yang’s book makes an important contribution to the study of Chinese women’s history and will be used widely in both teaching and research.”

––Professor Yiqun Zhou, Bulletin of SOAS, 80.3 (2017)

“「heroine」一詞在英文語脈中,具有三個基本意涵:(1) 因其勇氣、出色的成就或高貴的品格而受到讚揚的女性;(2) 書、戲劇或電影中的女主人公;(3)在神話或民間故事中,具有超人能力或半神淵源的女英雄。在該書中,作者楊彬彬教授巧妙運用了「heroine」的前兩種指涉,並同時將之融入清代女性書寫的脈絡中,賦予其更深的雙重意涵。”

––張容兒,《近代中國婦女史研究》30 (2017)

“innovative and engaging,”

“This monograph is not limited to traditional women writers themselves, but opens the conversation to how these women responded to the challenges as China was transitioning from the old empire to a modern nation-state.”

––Professor Yu Zhang, Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR) 39 (2017)

“brilliant and pathbreaking,”

“Yang’s book provides important insights into the discourse of female exemplarity in late imperial China as a dynamic process driven by the active intervention of women.”

––Professor Anne Behnke Kinney, Journal of the American Oriental Society 138.2 (2018)

“In contrast to the ‘chaste widow’ heroines so often celebrated in the Qing period, Yang’s heroines, also chaste widows among them, ‘formulated their exemplary attributes broadly as economic contribution, political critique, managerial skills, practical knowledge, and the social and cultural prestige they brought to their families.’ (p. 155) … She questions the too-easy dichotomy between tradition and modernity, demonstrates the close connections between salt merchants and gentry families in the late Qing, and shows that even at the height of Confucian patriarchy, gentry women found ways to assert their autonomy and their concerns far beyond the ‘inner quarters.’ Binbin Yang has made a most valuable contribution to our understanding of late Qing social, literary and political history.”

––Professor Paul S. Ropp, CLEAR 40 (2018)

代表性論文 Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

  • 2018, “Women’s Writings and the Social Metamorphosis of the Huizhou Mercantile Lineages: Wang Ying (1781-1842)’s Family History” 婦女著述與徽商家族蛻變: 汪嫈(1781-1842)著述中家族史的呈現, Studies of the Qing History《清史論叢》(Dec. 2018):173-200.
  • 2018, “A New Landscape of Women’s Literary Production and Social Bonding in Yangzhou: Networks of He Peizhu’s (1819-?) Family” 揚州閨秀著述與交遊研究新視野——以何佩珠一門交遊圈為例, Journal of Chinese Women’s Studies《婦女研究論叢》149 (Sept. 2018): 97-108.
  • 2017, “A Pictorial Autobiography by Zeng Jifen (1852-1942) and the Use of the “Exemplary” in China’s Modern Transformation,” Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China 19.2 (Dec 2017): 263-315.
  • 2016, “Drawings of a Life of ‘Unparalleled Glory’: Ideal Manhood and the Rise of Pictorial Autobiographies in China,” in Kam Louie, ed., Changing Chinese Masculinities: From Imperial Pillars of State to Global Real Men (Hong Kong: The University of Hong Kong Press, 2016), pp. 113-134.
  • 2014, “Guardians of Family Health in Qing China: From the Exemplary Wife to the Reformer,” Modern China Online First (July, 2014): 1-33.
  • 2013, “Family ‘Drama’ and Self-Empowerment Strategies in Genealogy Writings of Yuan Jingrong (1786-ca.1852),” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China 7.1 (March, 2013): 37-64.
  • 2012, “Disruptive Voices: Three Cases of Outspoken ‘Exemplary Women’ in Nineteenth-Century China,” Nan Nü: Men, Women, and Gender in China 14.2 (Sept. 2012): 222-261.
  • 2012, “A Disease of Passion: The ‘Self-Iconizing’ Project of an Eighteenth-Century Chinese Woman Poet, Jin Yi (1769-1794),” Journal of Women’s History 24.3 (Sept. 2012): 62-90.
  • 2010, “The ‘Self’s’ Dilemma: Illness and Autobiographical Desire in the Poetry Collection of a Qing-Dynasty Woman Poet” 自我的困境——一部清代閨秀詩集中的疾病呈現與自傳欲望, Bulletin of the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica《中央研究院中國文哲研究集刊》37 (Dec 2010): 95-130.
  • 2008, “’Illness as Metaphor’ and the ‘Cainü’ Identity during the Late Qing – Seen through the Case of Zeng Yi (1852-1927)” 由曾懿 (1852-1927) 的個案看晚清“疾病的隱喻”與才女身份,Research on Women in Modern Chinese History《近代中國婦女史研究》16 (Dec 2008): 1-28.
  • 2008, “Valorization as Rhetoric: Women’s Moral Authority in ‘Debates over Women’ during the Qing Period清代女性道德權威與論辯策略, Annals of the Institute of Literature, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 《中國社會科學院文學研究所學刊》2 (Dec 2008): 323-350.

碩士、博士論文指導 Selected MPhil and PhD Theses Supervised:

  • Zhu Fan 朱凡, “The Earthly World and the Red Chambers: Qing Women’s Self-Representation and Mediations with Traditions in Their writings on the Dream of the red chamber” 俗世亦紅樓: 論清代婦女紅樓書寫中的自我呈現與傳統斡旋, MPhil 2013.
  • Ho WanSze 何韻詩, “The Literary Image of Imperial Consort Yang during the Ming Dynasty” 楊貴妃在明代文學中的形象, MPhil 2014.
  • Li Hoi-ping 李海冰, “Peony Pavilion in the Light of Carnivalesque” 你方唱罷我登場: 狂歡化視野下的《牡丹亭》,PhD 2017.
  • Miao Dong 繆冬, “Historical Narration of Women Writers in Qing Dynasty” 清代女性歷史敘事,MPhil 2018.