Sophie VOLPP

Chinese, French, English
16th-19th centuries
Academic Area: 
Chinese literature

Research Areas

Chinese literature of the Ming and Qing dynasties


Sophie Volpp is professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature.  She works in Chinese literature of the 16th through 19th centuries, and is the author of Worldly Stage: Theatricality in Seventeenth-Century China (Harvard, 2011) and The Substance of Fiction: Literary Objects in China, 1550-1775 (Columbia, 2022). She has also translated the work of pre-modern women poets and dramatists. She is currently at work on two projects: a book about the efforts of the National Peiping Library (now the National Library of China) to preserve their rare book collection during the Sino-Japanese war, and a book about the figuration of referents in the eighteenth-century novel The Story of the Stone (Honglou meng) entitled The Stone and the World.