Hsiang-Lin Shih has been teaching Chinese language and literature at St. Olaf College since 2013 when she received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington, Seattle. She researches agricultural literature and court poetry in ancient and early medieval China. She also brings students to Taipei and Yilan of Taiwan, reflecting on the intersections of literature and students’ interests in economics, political science, and environmental studies. Her paper “Into the New Realm of Belles lettres: Intersections of the Sevens and Song Verses in Jian’an Poetry” is published as a book chapter in The Fu Genre of Imperial China: Studies in the Rhapsodic Imagination. Another paper “Across the Gateless Barriers: Hyperlinked Farming Poetry in the Shi jing” is developed from her fieldwork with students in Yilan, published in the Journal of the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition. She is currently researching the poetic art of mortality at an early medieval Chinese court.

Projects in collaboration with St. Olaf students

  • “Memories of Agricultural Yilan, Taiwan.” In collaboration with Hana Anderson ’20, Anthony Faure ’20, Sofia Reed ’20, and James Sandberg ’20. <https://pages.stolaf.edu/agriculturalyilan/> 2019.
  • “Mapping Taipei in Chu T’ien-hsin’s Novella ‘The Old Capital.’” In collaboration with Leah Suffern ’17. <https://pages.stolaf.edu/mtoc/> 2017.

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