- M.A. from Renmin University of China.
- B.A. from Peking University
Hanruo Zhang primarily focuses on pre-modern Chinese literature in the Tang and Song dynasties (7th-13th CE), with extended interests in Buddhism and art in the middle periods. Before joining Princeton, she acquired her bachelor’s degree from Peking University and master’s degree from Renmin University of China. Her previous research examined the gendered screen image in the lyrics of the Song dynasty and analyzed the spatial function and pictorial metaphors of a gendered literary image. At Princeton, she will endeavor to investigate literature’s multiple roles in constructing an idealized literati life and shaping literati’s living environments, for instance, the unique literati garden. As she develops her ideas in Chinese civilization, she wants to make comparisons with western literature and philosophical thoughts.