Kang-i Sun Chang Is Inaugural Chace Professor

Kang-i Sun Chang, the inaugural Malcolm G. Chace ‘56 Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures, is a scholar of classical Chinese literature with interest in women writers of traditional China, comparative studies of poetry, literary criticism, gender studies, hermeneutics, and cultural theory/aesthetics.

The new professorship was established by Malcolm “Kim” G. Chace III ‘56, principal and vice president of Point Gammon Corporation Financial Services, to support the teaching and research activities of a full-time faculty member in the humanities, and to further the University’s preeminence in the study of arts and letters.

Chang is the author of “The Late Ming Poet Ch’en Tzu-lung: Crises of Love and Loyalism,” “Six Dynasties Poetry” and “The Evolution of Chinese Tz’u Poetry: From Late T’ang to Northern Sung.” She is the co-editor of “Cambridge History of Chinese Literature,” “Women Writers of Traditional China: An Anthology of Poetry and Criticism” (with Yale colleague Haun Saussy) and “Writing Women in Late Imperial China.” Her translations have been published in a number of Chinese publications, and she has also authored books in Chinese, including (in English) “Journey Through Hardship,” “Challenges of the Literary Canon,” “Voices of Literature,” “Feminist Readings: Classical and Modern Perspectives” and the forthcoming “Crossing Academic Boundaries.”

Born in Beijing, China, Chang earned her B.A. at Tunghai University in Taiwan and a M.L.S. from the State University of New Jersey-Rutgers. She then went on to obtain two master’s degrees - one in En­-glish literature from South Dakota State University and one in classical Chinese literature at Princeton University, where she also earned her Ph.D. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1982, she was curator of the Gest Oriental Library and East Asian Collections at Princeton.

At Yale, Chang is also affiliated with the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, the Literature Major and the Department of Comparative Literature. She has served as chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and director of graduate studies.

Her numerous honors include two A. Whitney Griswold Awards and a Faculty Fellowship from the Whitney Humanities Center, a Morse Fellowship from Yale and the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Taiwan Ministry of Education. In 1995, she was selected as one of the five judges for the International College Debates in Beijing.

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