Ronald Egan elected to the American Philosophical Society

RONALD EGAN, the Confucius Institute Professorship in Sinology in the School of Humanities and Sciences, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS), the oldest learned society in the United States.

Ronald Egan
Ronald Egan (Image credit: Ai Tran)

“I was thrilled by the news of course, particularly because it is an academic honor that stems from nomination by peers in my field whose work I hold in high regard,” said Egan, professor in East Asian languages and cultures.

The American Philosophical Society, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life. Scholars are elected to the society based on their cumulative record, not a single publication or project. This year the APS elected eight new members in its humanities division.

Egan specializes in the study of classical Chinese literature, with a focus on the poetry and aesthetics of the Tang and Song dynasties (7th–13th centuries). He has published books on major writers of the period, including Ouyang Xiu and Su Shi, as well as a selected translation of essays on ideas and letters by the 20th-century critic Qian Zhongshu.

His most recent book is a new translation of the works of the 12th-century female poet Li Qingzhao. This book is a companion volume to his earlier study of the same writer, The Burden of Female Talent: The Poet Li Qingzhao and Her History in China (Harvard University Press, 2013).

Throughout his time at Stanford, Egan has taught courses in traditional Chinese literature, China’s cultural history, the interplay of visual and literary arts and the history of Sinology.

His current project is a new study of the Song dynasty writer Su Shi, tentatively titled Exile and Invention in the Prose Writings of Su Shi.

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