Sophie Volpp, Professor

Closed (1) Preservation of Rare Books in Republican China/Objects of Western Import in Eighteenth Century China

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

I am engaged in two projects. One concerns attempts to preserve China's cultural heritage by saving rare books from capture by the Japanese army during the Sino-Japanese war. Since English-language sources are somewhat limited, reading knowledge of Chinese or Japanese would be a big plus. The undergraduate students would work in a team with myself to collect materials, engage in translation of documents and compile a bibliography.


The other project concerns my book on seventeenth and eighteenth-century Chinese fiction, including the novels Plum in the Golden Vase (Jin PIng Mei) and The Story of the Stone (Honglou meng). The book is completely drafted. My ideal audience is college undergraduates and I would love some first readers who can tell me where they need more background, the footnotes are getting too long, etc. I also need some help with fact-checking.

All meetings for the projects will be conducted remotely until campus is open.

Qualifications: Reading knowledge of Chinese is necessary. A background in comparative literature, English, art history, history or any other related field is desirable although not necessary. Students with a background in art history and especially Italian are particularly welcome to apply.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs