Received Sylff fellowship in 2018, 2022
Academic supervisor: Wei Shang
Current affiliation: Columbia University
Yifan Zhang is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University. He works on Chinese literature and culture with a focus on the Ming-Qing period (1368-1911). His research interests include Ming-Qing fiction and drama, book culture, urban history, and material culture. His dissertation project, "Collecting Local Airs of Sensation: Feng Menglong (1574-1646)'s Popular Song Collection and the Fashioning of Suzhou in Early Modern China," explores how a Wu-dialect songbook popularized the vocal and corporeal allure of Suzhou, an economic and cultural metropolis at the turn of the seventeenth century.
His research has been supported by the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research, Academia Sinica, Melon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Weatherhead East Asia Institute, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.
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