Stephen West

Faculty Head of East and Southeast Asian and Professor, Chinese
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0202

Biography

Stephen West is a Foundation Professor of Chinese in the School of International Letters and Cultures. West works in the textual culture of late medieval and early modern China (1000–1600), with specialties in performance literature, drama, urban literature, and garden studies.

Education

Ph.D. Far Eastern Language and Literature, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Publications

Monks, Bandits, Lovers, and Immortals: Eleven Early Chinese Plays (with Wilt Idema). (Cambridge: Hackett Press, 2010), lvii, 487 pp.

Battles, Betrayals, and Brotherhood: Early Chinese Plays on the Three Kingdoms (with Wilt Idema). (Cambridge: Hackett Press, 2012), xxii, 478 pp.

The Generals of the Yang Family: Four Ming Plays (with Wilt Idema) (Singapore: World Scientific Press, 2013), 295 pp.

The Orphan of Zhao and OtherYuan Plays (with Wilt Idema), (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014) xiv, 391 pp.

The Record of the Three Kingdoms in Plain Language. (With Wilt Idema). (Cambridge: Hackett Press, 2016), 257 pp.

“Zhu Changwen and His Garden of Joy,” The Transmission and Interpretation of Traditional Literature: Proceedings of the Fourth Internatioanl Conference on Sinology (Taibei: Academia Sinica, 2014), 205–44.

“早期戲劇文本簡論" (Remarks on Early Dramatic Texts) 《中國曲研究的新方向》 (New Directions in the Study of Chinese Drama) (Taipei: Guojia chubanshe, 2015), 149–168.

(With Wilt Idema), “Zhong Kui at Work: A Complete Translation of The Immortal Officials Happiness, Wealth and Longevity Gather in Celebration by Zhu Youdun (1379–1435),” Journal of Chinese Religions (2016) 44.1: 1–34.

“The Pains of Pleasure: Remembering New Year in Kaifeng,” in Senses of the City: Perceptions of Hangzhou in the Southern Song, ed. Joseph Lam, Marty Powers, and Christian De Pee. Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2017), pp. 109–148.

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
CHI 493 Honors Thesis
CHI 514 Advanced Classical Chinese
CHI 598 Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
CHI 691 Seminar
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
CHI 493 Honors Thesis
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
CHI 461 Classical Vernaculr Perfrm Lit
CHI 598 Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
CHI 493 Honors Thesis
CHI 514 Advanced Classical Chinese
CHI 691 Seminar
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
CHI 598 Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
CHI 493 Honors Thesis
CHI 514 Advanced Classical Chinese
CHI 691 Seminar
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
CHI 595 Continuing Registration
CHI 790 Reading and Conference
CHI 795 Continuing Registration
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
CHI 561 Readings Traditional Xiaoshuo
CHI 590 Reading and Conference
CHI 592 Research
CHI 593 Applied Project
CHI 595 Continuing Registration
CHI 599 Thesis
CHI 690 Reading and Conference
CHI 691 Seminar
CHI 780 Practicum
CHI 784 Internship
CHI 790 Reading and Conference
CHI 792 Research
CHI 795 Continuing Registration
CHI 799 Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
CHI 461 Classical Vernaculr Perfrm Lit
CHI 493 Honors Thesis
CHI 580 Practicum
CHI 590 Reading and Conference
CHI 592 Research
CHI 593 Applied Project
CHI 595 Continuing Registration
CHI 598 Special Topics
CHI 599 Thesis
CHI 680 Practicum
CHI 690 Reading and Conference
CHI 691 Seminar
CHI 780 Practicum
CHI 784 Internship
CHI 790 Reading and Conference
CHI 792 Research
CHI 795 Continuing Registration
CHI 799 Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course Number Course Title
CHI 595 Continuing Registration

Presentations

  • Stephen H. West. Double Bind: Reading the Chinese City. The Splendor of Capitals: 1500 Years of East Asian Urban History (Apr 2009).
  • Stephen H West. Desire, Hermeneutics, and Pedagogy: Body and the Law in "Injustice to Dou E," "Butterfly Dream," and "the Chalk Circle.". 2nd International Conference on Violence in Pre-Modern China (Dec 2008).
  • Stephen H. West. Did Ma Zhiyuan Write "Autumn Meditations?". Western Branch, American Oriental Society (Oct 2008).
  • Stephen H. West. The Bureaucracy of Dying: The Death and Burial of a Song Emperor". International Conference of the Comparative Court Culture Society (Oct 2008).
  • West, Stephen. "Medieval to Early Modern in China: Markers of Transition in Urban Forms, 960- 1125". Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America (Apr 2008).
  • West, Stephen. Discarded Treasure: The Wondrous Rocks of Lingbi. International Conference of Cultural Meanings of Mobility (Mar 2008).

Service

  • East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Graduate Director (2009 - Present)
  • Asian Studies Center, Reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • Institute of Literature and Philosophy Academia Sinica, Taiwan, Reviewer (2008 - 2008)
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong, Evaluatior (2008 - 2008)