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Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Elena Suet-Ying Chiu

Assistant Professor of Chinese
Undergraduate Advisor (Chinese)
Honors Program Director (Chinese)

Contact Information

Location: Herter 333
Phone:(413) 545-5840


Courses taught

C197Q: Late Imperial Chinese Literature and Culture
C242 Chinese Vernacular Literature—Masterpieces of Chinese Fiction in Translation
C390B Women in Chinese Culture
C391 Junior Year Writing
C597P Traditional Chinese Drama and Performing Arts
C597M The Ming-Qing Novel
C597Q The Ming-Qing Novel II


B.A. Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese University of Hong Kong
M.A. Asian Studies, California State University, Long Beach
Ph.D. Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles


Elena Suet-Ying Chiu received her Ph.D. in Chinese Language and Culture from UCLA followed by a post-doctoral position in Chinese Studies at Stanford University. Her research and teaching interests include traditional Chinese narrative and drama, Ming-Qing oral and performing literature, Manchu language, literature and culture, as well as ethnicity and gender issues in late imperial and early Republican China. She is currently working on her book manuscript on the Manchu storytelling genre zidi shu (bannermen tales).

Research Interests

Traditional Chinese narrative and drama
Oral and performing literature in late imperial and early Republican China
Manchu language, literature and culture
Ethnicity and gender issues in late imperial China
Ming-Qing fiction and fiction commentary
Popular culture in late imperial and modern China