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Stephen Owen (born October 30, 1946) is an American sinologist specializing in Chinese literature, particularly Tang dynasty poetry and comparative poetics. He teaches Chinese literature and comparative literature at Harvard University and is James Bryant Conant University Professor, one of only 26 University Professorships. He is a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of American Philosophical Society.

Stephen Owen
Born (1946-10-30) October 30, 1946 (age 72)
Alma materYale University (B.A., Ph.D.)
Scientific career
FieldsChinese poetry, comparative literature
InstitutionsHarvard University
Doctoral advisorHans Frankel
Chinese name
Chinese宇文所安

Owen graduated from Yale University in 1968 in Chinese Language and Literature, then continued on at Yale as a graduate student, receiving a Ph.D. in 1972 under Hans Fränkel. He taught at Yale from 1972 to 1982, when he went to Harvard. He has been a Fulbright Scholar and held a Guggenheim Fellowship,[1] among many other awards and honors.[2] He was awarded Andrew Mellon Foundation's Distinguished Achievements Award. He received the prestigious Tang Prize Award for Sinology in 2018.

Scholarly careerEdit

Owen has written or edited dozens of books, articles, and anthologies in the field of Chinese literature, especially Chinese poetry.[3] Harvard Magazine reported in 1998 that colleagues call Owen "a soaring and highly imaginative free spirit," comparing him to the eighth-century Chinese calligrapher Huaisu and to the foremost Tang dynasty poet, "the unfettered, convention-defying Li Bai..." [4]

Of The Poetry of Meng Chiao and Han Yü, James J. Y. Liu, wrote, it "represents a remarkable achievement, especially for a first book...[5] The reviewer in China Review International wrote "reading Stephen Owen's The Making of Early Chinese Classical Poetry shocked me, the way a seismic shift in paradigms will.[6]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • --. The Poetry of Meng Chiao and Han Yü. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1975). ISBN 0300018223.
  • --. The Poetry of the Early T'ang. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1977). ISBN 0300021038. Revised Edition, Quirin Press 2012, ISBN 978-1-922169-02-0.
  • --. The Great Age of Chinese Poetry : The High T'ang. (New Haven Conn.: Yale University Press, 1981). ISBN 0300023677. Revised Edition, Quirin Press 2013, ISBN 978-1-922169-06-8.
  • --. Traditional Chinese Poetry and Poetics: Omen of the World. (Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985). ISBN 0299094200.
  • --. Remembrances: The Experience of the Past in Classical Chinese Literature. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1986). ISBN 0674760158 (alk. paper).
  • --. Mi-Lou : Poetry and the Labyrinth of Desire. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature, 1989). ISBN 0674572750 (alk. paper).
  • --. Readings in Chinese Literary Thought. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Council on East Asian Studies Distributed by Harvard University Press, Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series, 1992). ISBN 0674749200.
  • --. An Anthology of Chinese Literature: Beginnings to 1911. (New York: W.W. Norton, 1st, 1996). ISBN 0393038238.
  • --. The End of the Chinese 'Middle Ages': Essays in Mid-Tang Literary Culture. (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1996). ISBN 0804726663 (alk. paper)
  • 0804726671 (pbk. alk. paper).
  • --. The Late Tang: Chinese Poetry of the Mid-Ninth Century (827-860). (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Asia Center : Distributed by Harvard University Press, Harvard East Asian Monographs, 2006). ISBN 0674021371.
  • --. The Making of Early Chinese Classical Poetry. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: published by the Harvard University Asia Center: Distributed by Harvard University Press, Harvard East Asian Monographs, 2006). ISBN 0674021363.
  • The Poetry of the Early T'ang. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1977). ISBN 0300021038. Revised Edition, Quirin Press 2012, ISBN 978-1-922169-02-0.
  • --. The Great Age of Chinese Poetry : The High T'ang. (New Haven Conn.: Yale University Press, 1981). ISBN 0300023677. Revised Edition, Quirin Press 2013, ISBN 978-1-922169-06-8.
  • --. Traditional Chinese Poetry and Poetics : Omen of the World. (Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985). ISBN 0299094200.
  • --. Remembrances : The Experience of the Past in Classical Chinese Literature. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1986). ISBN 0674760158.
  • --. Mi-Lou : Poetry and the Labyrinth of Desire. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature, 1989). ISBN 0674572750.
  • --. Readings in Chinese Literary Thought. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Council on East Asian Studies Distributed by Harvard University Press, Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series, 1992). ISBN 0674749200.
  • --. An Anthology of Chinese Literature : Beginnings to 1911. (New York: W.W. Norton, 1st, 1996). ISBN 0393038238.
  • --. The End of the Chinese 'Middle Ages': Essays in Mid-Tang Literary Culture. (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1996). ISBN 0804726663.
  • --. The Late Tang : Chinese Poetry of the Mid-Ninth Century (827-860). (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Asia Center : Distributed by Harvard University Press, Harvard East Asian Monographs, 2006). ISBN 0674021371.
  • --. The Making of Early Chinese Classical Poetry. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: published by the Harvard University Asia Center : Distributed by Harvard University Press, Harvard East Asian Monographs, 2006). ISBN 0674021363.
  • Kang-i Sun Chang and Stephen Owen, eds. The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships Archived 2011-06-22 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Vita: Stephen Owen
  3. ^ Vita: Stephen Owen
  4. ^ "Anthologizing" Harvard Magazine
  5. ^ Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 36 (1976): 294-297. JSTOR
  6. ^ David McCraw. "The Making of Early Chinese Classical Poetry (review)." China Review International 14.2 (2007): 355-359. Project MUSE. Web. 16 Apr. 2013. [1]

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