Gang Liu-Modern Languages - Carnegie Mellon University

Gang Liu

Assistant Teaching Professor of Chinese Studies

Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
Baker Hall 160
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: BH 139A
Phone: (412) 268-6014
Fax: (412) 268-1328
Department Member Since: 2010


As a teaching professor of Chinese, I have developed well-rounded teaching skills that enable me to teach various levels of Chinese language as well as a wide range of courses on Chinese literature and culture. Before I joined the Department of Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University, I taught Chinese language classes at Beijing Language & Culture University and the University of Michigan. I also offered a variety of content courses on Chinese literature and culture, such as "Traditional Chinese Thought and Literature through Comic Books and Animation", "Great Books of China,” and “Introduction to the Study of Asian Cultures.” when I was pursuing my Ph.D. degree at the University of Michigan.

My research interests include classical Chinese poetry, poetics, and literati miscellanies (note-form literature or biji). In addition, I also develop strong interests in Chinese language teaching, Comparative Literature, East Asian and Chinese culture, traditional and modern Chinese fiction, and early Chinese thought and intellectual history. My Ph.D. dissertation, titled "The Poetics of Miscellaneousness: The Literary Design of Liu Yiqing's Qiantang yishi and the Historiography of the Southern Song," is an interdisciplinary study of the literary accomplishment, the historical, cultural and intellectual contexts of a medieval Chinese literati miscellany written/compiled by Liu Yiqing, who was a Song (960-1279) loyalist living in the late 13th-early 14th centuries.

My next research project will be closely related to my dissertation research. I will expand my current examination of Liu Yiqing's text to a full-scale study of major literati miscellanies written by other Song loyalists living in the 13th-14th centuries. In addition to providing a comprehensive study of the loyalist literature of the time, this expanded research will look into the specific historical, intellectual and cultural reasons that drove those literati to choose to express their historical and literary vision of the past in the form of literati miscellany. A main purpose of this expanded research is to address and answer the key question that I have raised in my dissertation regarding the study of literati miscellanies, namely, can we find an effective approach that will help us understand and appreciate the special literariness of the genre, without losing sight of the particular poetics inherent in the composition of each individual work?


Ph. D., University of Michigan, 2010

Selected Works

Selected Work
  • “A City of Remembrance and Remorse: Literary Representations of Hangzhou in Yuan-Dynasty Notebooks (Biji).” Presented at 2011 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI, March 31-April 1, 2011. 
  • “The Poetic Beauty of the Bird: A Study of Wen Tingyun’s Fourteen Pusaman” Presented at the Symposium in Honor of Professor Shuen-fu Lin’s Retirement, Ann Arbor, MI, February 11, 2011. 
  • “From Fengshui to Shanshui: Shifting Discourses on Dynastic Change in Liu Yiqing’s Remnant Events of Qiantang,” presented at the 13th Asian Studies Conference Japan, Tokyo, Japan, June 20-12, 2009
  • “Towards a Poetics of Chapter Titles in The Story of the Stone: Poetry, Narrative, and the Significance of the Chapter Titles in the First Eighty Chapters,” presented at the 56th Midwest Annual Conference on Asian Affairs, St. Louis, MO, October 19-21, 2007
  • “Inspecting the Sword with Drunken Eyes: A Cultural Study of the Image of the Sword in Xin Qiji’s Song Lyrics,” presented at the 5th Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, HI, January 12-15, 2007
  • Panel Chair, “Dance and Music” at the interdisciplinary conference—When Shall West Lake be Without Song or Dance?, sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, October 7-8, 2011.
  • Panel Discussant, “Literature and Music” at the 9th Overseas Young Chinese Forum Annual Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, May 22-23, 2007.
  • Member, Association for Asian Studies, 2009-2011.
  • Member, Chinese Language Teachers Association,2009-2010.

Courses Taught

  • 82-131 Elementary Chinese I
  • 82-132 Elementary Chinese II
  • 82-331 Advanced Chinese I
  • 82-332 Advanced Chinese II
  • 82-440 Into the World of the Anomalies: Chinese Ghost Literature and Culture