Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures (Chinese)
Professor Qiulei Hu specializes in early medieval Chinese poetry, with a particular focus on gender issues and the tradition of male writing in the feminine voice. Her dissertation, "Gender and Voice in Early Medieval Chinese Poetry," discusses how poetic expressions about women and female gender markers were established and stabilized in the period from 3rd to 6th century. Born and raised in China, Professor Hu has been fascinated with classical Chinese literature and culture since her childhood. After getting both her B.A. and M.A. from the department of Chinese language and literature at Peking University, she came to Harvard University to pursue her doctoral degree in Chinese poetry, which she received in May, 2011. Professor Hu has a broad range of scholarly and teaching interests. In additional to her specialty, she also studies and teaches in fields such as Chinese language (modern and classical), traditional Chinese fiction, late imperial literature, women's literature, as well as Asian studies. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles and Reviews and Early Medieval China. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her doctoral dissertation, tentatively entitled The Construction of the Feminine: Gender and Voice in Early Medieval Chinese Poetry.