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Prof. WU Cuncun 吳存存教授

Chinese Language and Literature Programme


BA (Hangzhou), MA (Nankai), PhD (Melbourne)



Rm 820, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Ancient Chinese Culture and Art, Chinese Culture Studies, Drama, East-West Cultural Exchange, Fiction, Gender and Sexuality, Ming-Qing Literature, Ming-Qing Studies, Songbooks

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Wu, Cuncun, “A Late Ming ‘Adult Magazine’: Questions of Date, Design and Content in A Book of Springtime Inspirations from the Bedchamber as Transmitted Secretly by a Publisher in the Capital,” Zheng Haiyao and Christer von der Burg eds. Ming Dynasty Colour-Printed Erotica: The Christer von der Burg Collection, vol.1, Monaco: Chungong Editions, 2022, pp.74-89.


Wu, Cuncun, “’Sancai fu’ and the Civil Society and Values of Gusu in the Middle and Later Qing Period” (《三才福》与清中晚期的姑苏平民社会和价值观), Nankai Journal 《南開學報》, 2022:4, pp.163-173.


Wu Cuncun, “Commoners’ Love Songs: Low Social Strata Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality as Represented in Late-Qing Popular Songbooks from North China.” (平民的情歌——從晚清北方平民唱本看下層女性對性别和性愛的理解與期待), Xiqu yu suwenxue yanjiu (Journal of Drama and Popular Literature, 戲曲與俗文學研究), vol.9, pp.18-39.


Wu Cuncun, “Suzhou Dialect, Social Status, and Gender in Sancaifu, a Rediscovered Mid-Qing Chuanqi Play”, Chinoperl: Journal of Chinese Oral & Performing Literature, 39:1, pp.7-30.


Wu Cuncun,"春意冊中的兩篇改寫小說" (Jingyuan michuan dongfang chunyice and Its Two Reworked Erotic Stories), 《中國文化》第52期 (Chinese Culture), vol.52, pp.91-103.


Wu Cuncun, “Late Ming Urban Life and Wanton Women in Huang Fangyin’s Short Plays”, in Mark Stevenson & Wu Cuncun eds. Wanton Women in Late-Imperial Chinese Literature: Models, Genres, Subversions and Traditions, Leiden & Boston: Brill, pp.105-128.


Wu Cuncun, “Pornographic Modes of Expression and Nascent Chinese Modernity in Late Imperial China”, Modernism/Modernity (The Johns Hopkins University Press), vol 1, Issue 3, 25 October 2016.


Wu Cuncun, “The Plebification of Male-Love and the Positioning of Catamites (xiaoguan) in Late-Ming Fiction: The Forgotten Tales of Longyang”, in Kam Louie edit. Changing Chinese Masculinities: from Imperial Pillars of State to Global Real Men, Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Press, pp. 72-89.


Wu Cuncun, 《從〈歡喜冤家〉中的通姦故事看晚明城市普通人的價值觀和道德觀念的崛起》(Tales of Adultery in Enemies Enamored: Images of Urban Life and Questions of Value, Morality and Erotics in late Seventeenth Century Jiangnan),《中國文化》(Chinese Culture), 40 (Autumn 2014): 69-79.


Wu Cuncun, “Official Life: Homoerotic Self-Representation and Theater in Li Ciming’s Yuemantang Riji”, Frontiers of History in China, Brill, 9 (2): 202-24.


Wu Cuncun and Mark Stevenson, "Karmic Retribution and Moral Didacticism in Erotic Fiction from the Late Ming and Early Qing," Ming Qing Studies (2011): 467-486.


“‘It Was I Who Lured the Boy’: Commoner Women, Intimacy and the Sensual Body in the Song Collections of Feng Menglong (1574-1646),” Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China. vol. 12 (2), pp. 311-343


Wu Cuncun and Mark Stevenson, “Speaking of Flowers: Theatre, Public Culture, and Homoerotic Writing in Nineteenth-Century Beijing,” Asian Theatre Journal, 27 (1) (Spring 2010): 100-129.