Rachel Zhang is a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Chinese and Japanese. She received her Ph.D. in Chinese Studies from the School of International Languages and Cultures at Arizona State University (2019). Prior to Grinnell, she taught at Rutgers University (2019), and Arizona State University (2020).
Her research interests focus on studies of classical Chinese theater and drama criticism, particularly at the turning of the seventeenth century. Her doctoral research is entitled “Engaging in Drama Criticism: Zang Maoxun and His Four New Musical Texts from the Jade Tea Hall.” Centering on a discussion of Zang Maoxun’s literary creations collected in Fubao tang ji, her dissertation probes what sustained the network of drama critics in the Jiangnan region, and how the tradition of drama criticism played an important role in helping to promote and improve the textual transmission of performative literature.