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Literary trends in China and England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, involving excursions into world literature, translation theory, comparative political and economic history, and Ming dynasty philosophy.
435 S. State St.Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003
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Areas of research: Eighteenth-century studies, East-West studies, China in the European imagination, comparative cultural studies
Languages: French, German, Chinese
David Porter received the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University in 1996 and has been teaching at the University of Michigan since that time. He is the author of Ideographia: The Chinese Cipher in Early Modern Europe (2001) and The Chinese Taste in Eighteenth-Century England (2010). Additional publications include articles on cross-cultural aesthetics and comparative methodology. He is the recipient of major research awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council for Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, and the Institute for Advanced Study. Ongoing projects include a comparative study of the literary cultures of China and England in the 17th and 18th centuries. Teaching interests in Comparative Literature include undergraduate courses on comparative early modernities and graduate seminars on theories of world literature and comparative methodologies.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
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