Prof. Dr. Zhiyi Yang


Active for the Research Team in Trier:
01/10/2020 - 28/02/2021
Research Focus:
  • Premodern Chinese poetry and poetics
  • modern Chinese classicist poetry and its relation to aesthetic, societal and cultural changes
Current Research Projects:


In the framework of the Center, I plan to write an English-language book investigating the works of six contemporary Chinese classicist poets, all winning recognition the digital age and each distinguished in their own way. Due to the bias in literary scholarship which has so far excluded classicist poetry from the proper field of modern literature, it will be the first time for most of them to be introduced to a foreign audience. This project will not only demonstrate the vitality of China’s classical lyric tradition, but also cast new light on its literary modernity.


Recent Publications:


“Poetics of Memory: Wang Jingwei and China’s Wartime Collaboration” [Manuscript under review]


“The Memory of an Assassin and Problem of Legitimacy in the Wang Jingwei Regime (1940–1945),” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, June 2020 (forthcoming)

“Site: The Impossibility of Remembering the Past at Nanjing,” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC), 32.1 (2020): 233–278.

A complete list of publications can be accessed via this link.


University Professor of Sinology, Goethe University Frankfurt

I received a BA in literature, history, and philosophy and then an MA in comparative literature, from Peking University, China. I was awarded PhD in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, USA. From 2012 on, I have been teaching at Goethe University Frankfurt, first as Junior Professor and then as full professor since 2015.


I am member of the AAS (Association for Asian Studies) and DVCS (Deutsche Vereinigung für Chinastudien). I was a Whiting Scholar (2010–11) and fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies (Wissenschaftskolleg) at Berlin (2019–20), among other honors and awards.