Newell Ann Van Auken
Ghost Stories & Tales Of The Weird in Pre-Modern Chinese Literature (CL:1510)
Classical Chinese: First Semester (CHIN:4101)
Classical Chinese: Second Semester (CHIN:4102)
Advanced Classical Chinese (CHIN:5104)
Asian Humanities: China (CHIN:1504)
Ph.D., University of Washington (Seattle), Asian Languages and Literature
M.A., University of Washington (Seattle), Asian Languages and Literature
B.A., University of Virginia, History and East Asian Studies
Research interests and current projects:
My research spans the fields of literature, history, and textual criticism, and focuses on the canonical texts of early China together with their later reception. I am particularly interested in exploring the gap between early meanings and functions of texts, and ways in which those texts were re-interpreted, adapted, and deployed in response to the lives and beliefs of later generations.
My current book project, tentatively entitled Spring and Autumn Historiography: Form, Hierarchy, and Display, focuses on the Spring and Autumn itself, and examines the connection between its records and the religious and ritual practices of pre-Confucian China.
My first book, The Commentarial Transformation of the Spring and Autumn, addresses a question that has puzzled scholars for centuries: how did the apparently factual and objective Spring and Autumn records come to be understood as conveying the judgments of Confucius? My book explores a group of early commentarial remarks on the Spring and Autumn that are embedded in the Zuǒ zhuàn, and that provide the missing link between ancient historiographical practices and later “Confucian” interpretations.
I have a secondary interest in Chinese linguistics, particularly historical linguistics, and together with Richard VanNess Simmons (Rutgers) I co-edited a volume of essays, Studies in Chinese and Sino-Tibetan Linguistics: Dialect, Phonology, Transcription and Text (Academia Sinica Institute of Linguistics, 2014).
2016 The Commentarial Transformation of the Spring and Autumn. Albany: State University of New York (SUNY) Press. [link]
2014 Co-edited with Richard VanNess Simmons. Studies in Chinese and Sino-Tibetan Linguistics: Dialect, Phonology, Transcription and Text 漢語與漢藏語研究：方言、音韻與文獻, Language and Linguistics Monograph Series 53 《語言暨語言學》專刊系列之五十三. Taipei: Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica 中央研究院語言學研究所. Table of Contents: link to description
2016 A New Analysis of the Place of Junzi 君子 (“Gentleman”) Comments in Zuo zhuan 左傳 Composition History. Monumenta Serica 64.2.
2014 Killings and assassinations in the Spring and Autumn as records of judgments. Asia Major (3d series) 27.1: 1-31. URL: https://www2.ihp.sinica.edu.tw/publish51.php?TM=5&M=6&C=67&V=3&pid=59
2014 Spring and Autumn use of jí 及 and its interpretation in the Gōngyáng and Gǔliáng commentaries. In Studies in Chinese and Sino-Tibetan Linguistics: Dialect, Phonology, Transcription and Text 漢語與漢藏語研究：方言、音韻與文獻, Language and Linguistics Monograph Series 53, ed. by Richard VanNess Simmons and Newell Ann Van Auken. Taipei: Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, 429-56. Abstract: http://www.ling.sinica.edu.tw/files/publication/m0055_7265.pdf
2012 Who is a rén 人? The use of rén in Spring and Autumn records and its interpretation in the Zuǒ, Gōngyáng and Gǔliáng commentaries. Journal of the American Oriental Society, 131.4 (Dec. 2011): 555-590. Stable url: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41440512
2010 Could “subtle words” have conveyed “praise and blame”? The implications of formal regularity and variation in Spring and Autumn (Chūn qiū) records. Early China 31 (2007), 47-111. Stable url: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23354212
2004 The modal negative wu in Classical Chinese. In Meaning and Form: Essays in Pre-modern Chinese Grammar and Semantics 意義與形式 – 古代漢語語法 論文集, edited by Takashima Ken’ichi 高嶋謙一 and Jiang Shaoyu 蔣紹愚. München: Lincom Europe, 91-210.
2002 The etymonic determinatives of wanq (望, 朢). Journal of the American Oriental Society, 122.3 (Sept. 2002), 520-533. Stable url: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3087519