Maria Franca Sibau
Assistant Professor, Chinese
Modern Languages Building, 313
Office hours: Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:30 or by appointment
I specialize in seventeenth-century Chinese literature, with a particular focus on didacticism and vernacular fiction. My dissertation, "Reading for the Moral: Exemplarity and Heroism in Xingshi yan and the 'Fiction of Moral Duty,'" is a study of the ways in which traditional moral virtues such as filial piety, loyalty, and chastity are represented in short story collections from the mid-seventeenth century. I have earned a B.A. degree in East Asian Studies from Venice University, an M.A. degree in East Asian Studies from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in traditional Chinese literature from Harvard. My research and teaching interests include fiction and drama of the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties (thirteenth to early twentieth century), women writers, and popular culture in premodern China.