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Gregory Patterson

Title: Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature
Chinese Program Director
Department: Languages, Literatures and Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: J. Welsh Humanities Bldg, 617
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Gregory Patterson


B.A. in Comparative Literature, Columbia University (2006)
M.A. and Ph.D. in East Asian Studies, Columbia University (2009, 2013)


Gregory Patterson teaches courses in Chinese literature and culture and comparative literature. His main areas of interest are medieval Chinese poetry (third to tenth centuries), traditional Chinese theories of literature, poetry and imperial institutions in medieval China, and modern interpretations of classical Chinese poetry. He is also interested in issues of cultural memory and media studies, and the ways in which late medieval Chinese poets wrote of and were impacted by changes in technology and transport. His first book, Elegies for Empire: A Poetics of Memory in the Late Work of Du Fu, in press with Harvard University Asia Center, examines forms of mediated remembrance and identity construction in the writings of a major Chinese poet. He has also published on the influential late imperial poetry anthology, Three Hundred Tang Poems, and is currently writing a study of its translation, The Jade Mountain, by American poet Witter Bynner and Chinese scholar Kiang Kang-hu. Professor Patterson has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays program, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation.

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