Associate Professor of Chinese
Division of Literature and Languages
Alexei Ditter (迪磊) obtained his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and his PhD from Princeton University. His research explores interactions between social and textual practices in medieval Chinese literature, focusing in particular on questions of place, genre, and memory. Articles he has published have addressed such topics as civil examinations and cover letters in the mid-Tang, literary histories of the Tang dynasty published in the 20th century, conceptions of urban space in Duan Chengshi's 9th century Records of Monasteries and Stupas, and the commercialization of funerary writing in the mid- to late-Tang. He is currently working on two monograph projects, one examining changing practices and styles of prose writing in China's late-8th and early-9th centuries and the other studying genre and memory in medieval Chinese literature. He is also contributing to and co-editing a volume of translations of tales from the 10thcentury anthologyTaiping guangji. Professor Ditter joined the Reed faculty in 2006. In addition to lecturing and leading conferences in the Chinese Humanities, he teaches classes in medieval and late imperial Chinese literature and in modern and classical Chinese language.