Premodern Chinese literature and cultural history
Professor Shang’s research interests include print culture, book history, intellectual history, and the fiction and drama of the early modern period. Currently, Professor Shang is working on two book projects, Jin Ping Mei Cihua and Commercial Publicity: Narrative Construction of the Everyday World in Early Modern China; and The Story of the Stone and the Making of Modern Chinese Culture. His book Rulinwaishi and Cultural Transformation in Late Imperial China (Harvard University Press, 2003) addresses the role of ritual and fiction in shaping the intellectual and cultural changes of the eighteenth century. His other publications include “Jin Ping Mei Cihua and Late Ming Print Culture,” in Writing and Materiality in China, ed. Judith Zeitlin and Lydia Liu (Harvard University Asian Center, 2003); “The Making of the Everyday World: Jin Ping Mei Cihua and Encyclopedias for Daily Use,” in Dynastic Crisis and Cultural Innovation: From the Late Ming to the Late Qing and Beyond, ed. David Wang and Wei Shang (Harvard East Asian Monographs, 2006);”The Story of the Stone and Its Visual Representations, 1791-1919″ and “The Stone Phenomenon and Its Transformation from 1791 to 1919” in Approaches to Teaching The Story of the Stone, ed. Andrew Schonebaum and Tina Lu (The Modern Language Association of America, 2012). He is also the author of Chapter 4 of The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature II: “The Literati Era and Its Demise (1723-1840).” His forthcoming publications include “Writing and Speech: Rethinking the Issues of Vernaculars in Early Modern China,” in Rethinking East Asian Languages, Vernaculars, and Literacies, ed. Benjamin Elman (Brill, 2014).
Professor Shang received his BA and MA from Peking University (1982, 1984) and his PhD from Harvard (1994). He joined the Columbia faculty in 1997 and became associate professor in 2002.
Shang Wei and David Der-wei Wang, editors, Dynastic Crisis and Cultural Innovation: From the Late Ming to the Late Qing and Beyond (Harvard University Asia Center, 2006).
Shang Wei, Rulin waishi and Cultural Transformation in Late Imperial China (Harvard University Asia Center, 2003).
WEAI professor Wei Shang discusses the epic Ming dynasty novel The Plum in the Golden Vase in The New York Times. November 22, 2013