Yao Dadui is a Ph. D candidate in the Department of Chinese at Sun Yat-sen University, China. Since receiving his M.A. degree with a thesis on nationalism and the Novel Revolution in the late Qing period, he has been teaching in Nanfang College of Sun Yat-sen University. During his stay at HYI, he will complete his dissertation which focuses on the interaction between Protestant missionaries and Chinese literati in treaty ports with respect to the modernization of Chinese literature. He will focus on the new modernized elements in the Protestant Chinese literary tracts and the treaty port literati’s works, especially in vernacular Chinese, literary style and its value content, and will consider late Qing literature in both the present and the precedent, the foreign factor and the local matter. He also devotes continuous attention to classical Chinese poetry in modern times.
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