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Mark Strange is a Sinologist with research interests in the the intellectual history and the historiography of pre-modern China, especially between the third and eleventh centuries AD. His particular focus is the history of political thought and philosophy. He has taught Chinese history and Literary Chinese language at the Universities of Warwick, Oxford, and Cambridge. He joined the Australian National University in 2012.


B.A. Hons (Durham); M.St., D.Phil. (Oxon)

Research interests

Medieval Chinese intellectual history, esp. political thought and philosophy

Medieval Chinese political history

Chinese traditional historiography, esp. Zi zhi tong jian

Chinese traditional narrative

Textual criticism

Researcher's projects

History and empire in eleventh-century China: a reading of Sima Guang's Zi zhi tong jian

The political thought of Zi zhi tong jian: a study and critical translation of Sima Guang’s comments as historian

A Comprehensive Mirror to Aid Orderly Rule (Zi zhi tong jian): a translation of juan 1-8, with historical and philological commentary

‘Jie du Song Shen zong “Zi zhi tong jian xu”’ (‘A Reading of Song Shen zong’s ‘Preface to Zi zhi tong jian’)

Studies of the reception history of Zi zhi tong jian in China, Japan, and Korea

with Esther S. Klein: selected translation of Liu Zhiji's Shi tong; edited volume on Liu Zhiji and medieval historiography

Book-length study of representations of Emperor Wu of Liang (r. 502-549)

Current student projects

CHEN Jingjing, Sima Chengzhen (647–735) and the systematization of grotto-heavens

Eugenie EDQUIST, Representations of Wu shan in Tang poetry

Tony EDWARDS, Internal Alchemy in Transition: Wang Qihuo (1839- 1917) and his disciples Wei Yao and Xu Songyao

Victor FONG, Frontiers and ethnicity in Tang law

WANG Linfang, The reception of Zhuang zi in eleventh-century China

Henry WU, Chinese Buddhist translations of Kumarajiva from the perspective of language contact

YANG Qin, Diagrams and classical exegesis in Song China

ZHU Yayun, Nanjing in late-Ming and early-Qing China

Past student projects

Previous PhD students:

SANG Yu, Reality and Function in Xiong Shili's thought (1920-37)

Other recently supervised research projects include: Wang Pang's (1044-1076) commentary on Zhuang zi; accounts of sagehood in Yang Xiong's Fa yan; a critical translation of Suseongji by Im Je (1549-87); Yao Xie's (1805-1864) commentary on Hong lou meng; representations of Xinjiang in the work of Ji Yun (1724-1805).

I welcome proposals from students interested in researching any of the areas of medieval Chinese intellectual history, political history, or historiography that I list under my research interests, above. I particularly encourage projects that focus on the eleventh century.


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