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Literary Information in China: A History Editorial Workshop

Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with the support of the Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures, with special thanks to James H.T. McConnell III whose generosity has made this event possible.


Venue: Wilson Hall 142, University of Virginia


This is the final meeting of the editors of the forthcoming volume, Literary Information in China: A History, which is under contract with Columbia University Press. The fifty-six individual contributions will reconceptualize literary history from the perspective of information and information management, and through the differing scales of the word, the document, and the collection. The editors will discuss the project and then present their own chapters from the volume. This is not meant as a formal conference but rather a chance to think about the volume as a whole and to talk over the project with interested colleagues. Anyone is welcome to attend; RSVPs to Jack W. Chen ( would be appreciated.


General and Specific Comments by Christopher M. B. Nugent, Williams College


10:00               Coffee and Very Brief Welcoming Remarks


10:15               Roundtable Discussion of the Volume


10:45               Jack W. Chen (University of Virginia), “Lines, Couplets, Stanzas”


11:15               Bruce Rusk (University of British Columbia), “Annotation”


11:45               Natasha Heller (University of Virginia), “Religious Literary Anthologies”


12:15               Lunch


1:30                 Anatoly Detwyler (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Bruce Rusk

(University of British Columbia), “Author Indexed Dictionaries”


2:00                 Xiao Liu (McGill University), “Document Services”


2:30                 Anatoly Detwyler  (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Twentieth Century



3:00                 Concluding Discussions (if needed)


May 11, 2019 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wilson Hall 142, University of Virginia