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Prof. Dr. Zhao BaiSheng

Comparative World Literature
Institute of World Literature
Peking University, Beijing
Juni - Juli 2013

Vergangene FRIAS-Aufenthalte

  • Sept. 2011 - Jan. 2012



Zhao Baisheng is Professor of Comparative World Literature and Head of the Institute of World Literature, School of Foreign Languages, Peking University. Currently, he also serves as Director of the World Auto/Biography Center at Peking University and President of World Ecoculture Organization. His publications include: Head of States: A Biography (1995), Portraits: On Chinese Intellectuals (2000), A Theory of Auto/Biography (2003), Essays on European and American Literature (2005), The Nobel Prize in Literature (2011) and articles on ecologism and African Literature. He was awarded, among others, Zhao Luorui Prize for English and American Literature (1997), Zhu Guangqian Prize for Western Literature and Aesthetics (1998), Harvard-Yenching Fellowship, Harvard University (1999-2001), Prize for Excellence in Teaching, School of Foreign Languages, Peking University (2007), FRIAS Research Fellowship, Freiburg University (2011).


Publikationen (Auswahl)

I. Books:
1. Essays on European and American Literature (Vol. 4, with Yang Guozheng), Beijing: People’s Literature Publishing House, 2005.
2. A Theory of Auto/Biography, Beijing: Peking University Press, 2003.
3. Heads of State: A Biography, Beijing: International Culture Press, 1995.

II. Articles:
1. “’All Writing Is Autobiography’: A Case Study of African Writers’ Autobiography”, Foreign Literatures, 111, no. 3 (2008):104-109.
2. “Ecopoetry, Why?”, A Door Open to the World, Qinghai: Qinghai People’s Publishing House, 2007.
3. “Reason vs. Life: On J. M. Coetzee’s The Lives of Animals”, Free Forum of Literature, 109, no. 2 (2006): 145-146.
4. “The Theory of the Novel: Why so Inclusive?” Foreign Literatures, 103, no. 3 (2006):118-122.
5. “ Ecological Reason: Notes on Ecologism”, Foreign Literatures, 99, no. 3 (2005):10 -17.
6. “Who has ever explained Francis Bacon? --- On the Interpretive Dimensions of Minor Biographical Subjects”, Essays on European and American Literature, Beijing: People’s Literature Publishing House, 2005.
7. “The Three Backgrounds of J.M. Coetzee,” World Literature, 293, no. 2 (2004): 299-310.
8. “On Interpretative Strategies of Biographies,” Journal of Jingmen Technical College, 19, no.1 (2004): 1-9.
9. “Allegory of an Identity: A Structural Analysis of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin,” Foreign Literature, 186, no.1 (2004): 85-90.
10. “The Trilogy of Eco-literature,” World Literature, 288, no. 3 (2003): 297-308.
11. “The Formation of Fiction in Auto/Biographical Writings”, Journal of Sichuan International Studies University, 18, no. 5 (2002): 8-11.
12. “Ecologism: The End of Humanism?” Literature and Art Studies, 141, no. 5 (2002):17-23.
13. “The Mission Statement of American Literature: Interpretative Patterns of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: an American Slave,” Foreign Literature, 178, no. 5 (2002): 52-57.
14. “The Connoted I: On Autobiographical Fact,” Journal of Peking University (Humanities and Social Sciences), 39, no. 4 (2002): 113-118.
15. “Arbitrary Ideas: On Interpretative Pitfalls of Psychoanalytic Biographies,” Foreign Literatures, 22, no. 3 (2002): 37-41.
16. “Evidence of Soul: Essence of Biographical Fact,” Comparative Literature in China, 48, no. 3 (2002):127-135.
17. “The Three Axes of New Biography,” World Literature, 281, no. 2 (2002): 288-303.
18. “Is Autobiography Biography? ---The Three Key Elements of Fact in Autobiography,” Foreign Literatures, 21, no.4 (2001): 36-39.
19. “Liang Qichao,” Encyclopedia of Life Writing: Autobiographical and Biographical Forms, London & Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2001.
20. ”.Sima Qian,” Encyclopedia of Life Writing: Autobiographical and Biographical Forms, London & Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2001.
21. “Xie Bingying,” Encyclopedia of Life Writing: Autobiographical and Biographical Forms, London & Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2001.
22. “To See a World in a Grain of Sand: Selection of Subjects and Totality,” Peking University Journal, 189, no.5 (1998): 62-68.
23. “The Story in Biography: On Biographical Fiction,” Foreign Literatures, 17, no.2 (1997 ): 47-53.
24. “The Inner Logic of National Allegory,” Foreign Literature Review, no.2 (1997): 23-30.
25. “On Narrative Temporality,” Peking University Journal, Foreign Languages and Literatures Issue, (1997): 20-26.

III. Translations:
1. “Selected Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson”, World Literature, 288, no.3 (2003).
2. “Selected Journals of Henry David Thoreau, World Literature, 288, no.3 (2003).
3. “Seven Eco-poems: Emily Dickinson, Gary Snyder, Nancy Wood, Alice Walker, Linda Hogan, Joy Harjo”, World Literature, 288, no.3 (2003).
4. Approaching Postmodernism, co-translator, Beijing: Peking University Press, 1991.

IV. Editions
1. Special issue on “Ecocritical Studies”, Foreign Literatures, guest editor, 99, no. 3 (2005).
2. Special issue on “Ecology and Literature”, Cross-cultural Dialogues, guest editor, 15, no. 1 (2004).
3. Special issue on “American Ecoliterature”, World Literature, guest editor, 288, no. 3 (2003).
4. Cross-cultural Dialogues, Executive Associate Editor, Shanghai and Nanjing: Shanghai Culture Press / Jiangsu People’s Press, 2003--present.
5. Auto/Biography Bulletin, Editor, Beijing: Center for World Auto/Biography and the Auto /Biographical Society, 1996--present.
6. Unicorn English Library, General Editor, Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, 2000.
7. Cloth Tiger Biography Library, General Editor, Shenyang: Liaohai Publishing House, 1998.
8. Auto/Biographical Inquiry, Editor, Changsha: Hunan Literature and Arts Publishing House, 1997.
9. Portraits, Editor, Beijing: Central Compilation and Translation Press, 1995.


Macro-poetics in literary studies receives far less attention than its counterpart in economics, i.e. macro-economics. This project will draw on theoretical resources from the East and the West in order to lay some foundation stones for macro-poetics which may be defined as theories of world literature. I will concentrate my research on such theoretical issues as the idea of "shijie" (the world), the concept of "Weltliteratur", Third World Literature, hidden agenda of canonization, world literary history, genealogy of world literature, globalization, the Global South, and cross-culturalism. Such generic concepts as world poetry, global novel, international drama, cross-cultural autobiography will be investigated to illustrate the ongoing shaping of world literatures. Major writers and scholars examined in this project include Confucius, Liu Xie, Goethe, T. S. Eliot, Hans Robert Jauss, Michel Foucault, Qian Zhongshu, Maxine Hong Kingston, Fredric Jameson, Frantz Fanon, Ngugi wa Thiong'o and David Damrosch.