Assistant Professor, Asian Studies
My main field of interest is late imperial Chinese literature with a focus on vernacular fiction and performance texts. I am currently working on a book manuscript that studies China’s earliest self-conscious genre fiction—the vernacular romance novels of the mid-seventeenth through the eighteenth century—in the context of flourishing commercial printing and other socio-political changes of the late imperial era.
Before coming to Puget Sound, I have taught traditional Chinese literature and modern Chinese at all levels at the Ohio State University and College of the Holy Cross. At Puget Sound, I teach advanced-level Chinese language classes and Chinese literature courses including one on cinematic adaptations of traditional literature and one on the theme of retribution from the early medieval era through the twentieth century.
Mengjun Li received her B.A. from Fudan University (Shanghai, China) and M.A. and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University.