Sophie Volpp writes about Chinese literature of the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. Teaching and research interests include material culture and the history of consumption, gender theory, the history of sexuality, performance studies, and the study of autobiography. Her book, Worldly Stage (Harvard, 2011), examines the ideological niche occupied by the theater in seventeenth-century China. Her present project focuses on the representation of objects and the history of consumption. (Ph.D., Harvard).