Sarah Kile

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Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature and Postdoctoral Fellow

202 S. Thayer Street, Suite 6111
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

Office Location(s): 5159 STB
Phone: 734.647.5628
kiles@umich.edu

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Michigan Society of Fellows
  • Fields of Study
    • Early-Modern Chinese Literature
  • About

    Sarah Kile specializes in early-modern Chinese literature, examining Ming and Qing drama, fiction, and essays in light of the historical contexts of their production and circulation. Her current book project explores how an audacious cultural entrepreneur, Li Yu (1611-1680), engineered and marketed a new experience of the everyday in the burgeoning market economy of the early Qing dynasty. She proceeds by investigating Li Yu’s literary production—he wrote entertainment-oriented fiction and plays, as well as inventive essays—together with his work in publishing and bookselling, garden design, and theater production. Kile argues that his representation and commodification of these experiments challenged received ideas about what constituted cultural capital, markers of social status, and narratives of viable identities alike. In addition to Ming and Qing literature, her research and teaching interests include theatricality and performance; social network analysis; the body, gender, and sexuality; book culture; and the comparative study of early-modern visual and textual representational practices.

  • Education
    • PhD, Chinese Literature, Columbia University, 2012