Prof. Dr. Zhiyi Yang

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Büro: Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaften (SKW), 5. OG 05.B110
Tel.: +49(0)69/798-23288
Email: z.yang(at)
Sprechstunde: montags, 14:00–16:00 Uhr

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Key research areas - Schwerpunkt in Forschung und Lehre

Premodern Chinese poetry and modern Chinese classicist poetry; aesthetics; memory studies; China’s wartime collaboration in WWII


Curriculum Vitae


Since 2015 - University Professor
Department of Sinology, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2012-2015 - Junior Professor
Department of Sinology, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany


2006-2012 - Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Department of East Asian Studies
Ph.D. Candidate, Chinese Pre-modern Literature

2002-2005 - Peking University, Beijing, China
Institute of Comparative Literature
Master of Arts, Comparative Poetics

1998-2002 - Peking University, Beijing, China
Department of Chinese Language and Literature
Bachelor of Arts. Experimental Class of Liberal Arts


  • Goethe Fellow, Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften (Bad Homburg), April 2021–March 2025
  • Residential Fellow, DFG Center for Advanced Studies “Russian-language Poetry in Transition: Poetic Forms of Dealing with the Limits of the Genre, Language, Culture and Society between Europe, Asia and America” (DFG FOR 2603, Trier University), October 2020–February 2021
  • Residential Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies (Wissenschaftskolleg) at Berlin, September 2019–June 2020
  • Guest Associate Professorship at the National Taiwan Normal University, November 2018–January 2019 (funded by the Ministry of Science, Taiwan)
  • Residential Fellow, International Center for the Studies of Chinese Civilization, Fudan University, 2012
  • Dissertation Writing Grant, Princeton University, Fall 2011
  • Whiting Fellowship, Princeton University, 2010–2011 (highest honor for humanities students; one of eight recipients)
  • Full Graduate Fellowship, Princeton University, 2006–2011


  • Hanban Conference Grant for the International Symposium, “Back into Modernity: Classical Poetry and Intellectual Transition in Modern China,” Frankfurt, 2014
  • PIIRS Grant Summer Funding for Language Studies and Research, 2006, 2007, 2009
  • Guanghua Scholarship, Peking University, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Honor for Outstanding Students, Peking University, 2001
  • Chuying Scholarship, Peking University, 1998, 1999


Since November 2020 - Board Member
Frankfurt Humanities Research Center

Since April 2016 - President of the Board
Confucius Institute Frankfurt

April 2017-July 2019 - Deputy Executive Director
IZO (Interdisciplinary Center for East Asian Studies)

January 2017-July 2019 - Editorial Committee Member
Frontiers of Literary Studies in China


Current projects - Aktuelle Projekte

  • Poetry, Memory, History: Wang Jingwei and China’s Wartime Collaboration.
    Manuscript in submission.
  • The Lyric Angelus Novus: Avant-garde Classicist Poetry in the Chinese Cyberspace
  • Sinophone Classicism


Publications and events - Veröffentlichungen und Konferenzen



  • “Ziran” zhi bian: Su Shi de youxian yu buxiu “自然”之辯:蘇軾的有限與不朽. Beijing: Sanlian chubanshe 三聯出版社, 1st print: October 2018; 2nd print: August 2019
  • Dialectics of Spontaneity: The Aesthetics and Ethics of Su Shi (1037-1101), Leiden: Brill, July 2015; Open Access: May 2019.


  • Guest Editor (with Jeremy E. Taylor). Special Issue “Elite Accommodation, Collaboration and Cultural Production in Japanese-Occupied China,” European Journal of East Asian Studies2 (December 2020). [Open Access]
  • Guest Editor. Special Double Issue “Multivalent Lyric Classicism,” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 12.3 (October 2018).
  • Guest Editor. Special Double Issue “Multivalent Lyric Classicism,” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 12.2 (July 2018).
  • Guest Editor. Special Issue “Back into Modernity,” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China4 (December 2015).


  • “An Alternative Lyric Modernity? Modern Classicism and Zhou Zuoren’s Wartime Doggerels,” Journal of the American Oriental Society, 142.2 (2022): forthcoming.
  • “The Memory of an Assassin and Problems of Legitimacy in the Wang Jingwei Regime (1940–1945),” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies1 (2020): 37–83.
  • “The Everyday Life under the Occupation: Doggerels in the Bitter Tea Studio as Texts of Liminality” 淪陷的日常:作為閾限文本的〈苦茶庵打油詩〉, Modern Chinese Literature 中國現代文學, 38 (Dec. 2020): 93–118.
  • “‘Reading into the Night in the Double-Shining Tower’: Poetry on the Moon in Wang Zhaoming’s Final Years” 「雙照樓中夜讀書」:汪兆銘晚年的詠月詩, Republican China Literature and Culture Studies 民國文學與文化研究集刊 8 (2020): 139–154.
  • (with Jeremy E. Taylor) “Introduction: Toward a New History of Elite Cultural Expression in Japanese-occupied China,” European Journal of East Asian Studies2 (2020): 189–207.
  • “Thatched Cottage in a Fallen City: The Poetics and Sociology of Survival under the Occupation,” European Journal of East Asian Studies2 (2020): 209–236.
  • “Site: The Impossibility of Remembering the Past at Nanjing,” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC) 32.1 (2020): 233–278.
  • “A Humanist in Wartime France: Wang Jingwei during the First World War,” Poetica 49 (2017/2018): 163–192.
  • & Dayong Ma, “Classicism 2.0: The Vitality of Classicist Poetry Online in Contemporary China,” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China (FLSC), 12.3 (2018): 526–557.
  • “The Making of a Master Narrative and How to Break It: Introduction to the Double Special Issue ‘Multivalent Lyric Classicism’,” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China (FLSC), 12.2 (2018): 153–181.
  • “Milou: Liu Yazi yu Nanshe wenxue gudian zhuyi de beilun” 迷樓:柳亞子與南社古典主義的悖論, trans. Zhao Fan 趙凡, Jianghan xueshu 江漢學術2 (2018): 99–113.
  • “The Tower of Going Astray: The Paradox of Liu Yazi’s (1887–1958) Lyric Classicism,” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC), 28.1 (2016): 174–221.
  • “The Modernity of the Ancient-Style Verse,” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China (FLSC) 9.4 (2015): 551–580.
  • “Introduction to the Special Issue on Modern Chinese Lyric Classicism,” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China (FLSC) 9.4 (2015): 510–514.
  • “Frankfurt Consensus,” Foreword to Frontiers of Literary Studies in China (FLSC) 9.4 (2015): 507-509.
  • “The Road to Lyric Martyrdom: Reading the Poetry of Wang Zhaoming (1883–1944),” Chinese Literature: Essay, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR) 37 (2015): 135–164.
  • “Return to an Inner Utopia: Su Shi’s Transformation of Tao Qian in His Exile Poetry,” T’oung-Pao 99 (2013): 329–378.
  • “Classical Poetry in Modern Politics: Liu Yazi’s PR Campaign for Mao Zedong,” Asian and African Studies, 22.2 (2013): 208–226.
  • “Zhu Xi as Poet,” Journal of the American Oriental Society4 (2012), 587–611.
  • “The Book of Odes in 18th Century Britain” 《詩經》在十八世紀的英國, Multi-Cultural Studies 多邊文化研究 (Beijing: Peking Univ. Press), 3 (2005): 451–467.


  • “Nationalism, Human-Co-Existentialism, Pan-Asianism: on Wang Jingwei’s Intellectual Transformation,” Discourses of Weakness in Modern China: Historical Diagnoses of the ‘Sick Man of East Asia, pp. 489–518. Ed. Iwo Amelung. Frankfurt: Campus, 2020.
  • “Xin Qiji (1140-1207): Patriotism and Its Discontent,” Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018.
  • “Liusha shang de qilou: Liu Yazi yu Nanshe de wenxue minzu zhuyi” 流沙上的綺樓:柳亞子與南社的文學民族主義, in From Tradition to Modernity: Poetic Transition from 18th to Early 20th Century China 從傳統到現代的中國詩學, pp. 481–96. Eds. Tsung-cheng Lin 林宗正 & Zhang Bowei 張伯偉. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2017.
  • “‘Classical Poetry Is My Opium,’ or How Liu Yazi (1887–1958) Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Vernacular Literature,” Le Comparatisme comme approche critique, Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2017.
  • “Su Shi (1037–1101),” Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, Berkshire Publishing, 2014.


  • 09/16/2019 Co-organizer (with Jeremy Taylor) of the Workshop, “Cultural and Intellectual Histories of Japanese-Occupied China,” Asia House, London, UK
  • 4-5/07/2014 Organizer of the Symposium, “Back into Modernity: Classical Poetry and Intellectual Transition in China, Late 19th through 20th Century,” Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 28-29/09/2012 Organizer of the Workshop, “Forgotten Renaissances,” Fudan University, Shanghai, China