Dr. Haun Saussy

Dr. Haun Saussy

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: JO 2.604
Admission: Free
Season: 2015-16

Topic: Translation and the Zhuangzi—Not Translating the Zhuangzi, But Translating Through the Zhuangzi.

Dr. Haun Saussy, professor of comparative literature at the University of Chicago, will touch on the ancient Chinese text Zhuangzi, attributed to the 4th century BC philosopher Zhuang Zhou. In the last 140 years, the work has been translated into Western languages several times and has acted as a conduit for the translation of foreign cultural materials into Chinese; this has been the work’s role for at least sixteen hundred years now. Dr. Saussy will describe and attempt to clarify this work’s unusual mediating function and its significance for comparative studies of culture and cross-cultural studies.

Dr. Saussy is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former president (2009-2011) of the American Comparative Literature Association. Before joining Chicago’s faculty in 2010, he taught at UCLA, Stanford, Yale, University of Aarhus in Denmark, Tsinghua University in China, the City University of Hong Kong and the Université de Paris-III. His numerous publications include monographs such as The Problem of a Chinese Aesthetic, Great Walls of Discourse and Other Adventures in Cultural China and edited volumes such as Chinese Women Poets, An Anthology of Poetry and Criticism from Ancient Times to 1911, Comparative Literature in an Era of Globalization, Sinographies: Writing China, Chinese Walls in Time and Space and Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader.


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