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dr kevin schoenberger

Dr. SCHOENBERGER Kevin Conrad, Jr.

PhD (Yale)

Assistant Professor

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Room HJ611, Stanley Ho Building,

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University,

Hung Hom, Hong Kong


Biographical Sketch

Dr Schoenberger graduated in 2013 with a PhD in pre-modern Chinese literature from Yale University. Since then, he has worked as a researcher and teacher at Harvard University and The University of the South. His research focuses on musical and prosodic aspects of traditional Chinese poetry and performance from a cognitive perspective. He has published peer-reviewed articles on related topics in English and Chinese and is currently completing a manuscript on musicality in late imperial Chinese drama.

Dr Schoenberger has also participated in a number of collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts. Funded by the American Council of Learned Societies and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, he is currently writing a book on the life and work of a late-Ming artist, Xu Wei in collaboration with other senior scholars of literature, history and art history. He has also presented his work in English and Chinese at international conferences and workshops at the University of California, Los Angeles and Suzhou University.

Methodologically, Dr Schoenberger focuses on using new techniques of cognitive science and digital humanities to offer quantitative evidence for arguments about Chinese poetry and drama’s aesthetic effects.

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (2013) in Premodern Chinese Literature, Yale University
  • M.Phil. (2009) in East Asian Languages and Literatures, with fields in Chinese poetry, vernacular fiction, and East Asian drama texts
  • B.A. (2004) in Chinese and Japanese Languages and Literatures, Washington University in Saint Louis, Magna cum Laude

Present Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chinese Culture, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (January, 2017–present)

Positions Held

  • 2014–16 The University of the South, Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian Studies
  • 2013–14 Harvard University, An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in EALC
  • 2007–09 Yale University, Teaching Fellow

Specialization and Research Interests

  • Premodern East Asian Drama Texts and Performance Practice
  • Premodern Chinese Poetry and Prosody
  • Traditional Chinese Music Theory and Practice
  • Cognitive Poetics
  • Digital Humanities


  1. 2016 Review: The Sound and Sense of Chinese Poetry. Special number of the Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2.2; November 2015), edited by Zong-qi Cai, CLEAR (Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews), Vol. 38 (2016)
  2. 2014 Review: “Re-reading the Seventeenth Century: Ding Yaokang (1599–1669) and His Writings,” by Xiaoqiao Ling, dissertationreviews.org
  3. 2013 “Rhythm and Prosody in a Late Imperial Musical Adaptation of Tang Poetry: Expectations Created, Fulfilled, and Denied.” CLEAR (Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews), Vol. 35 (2013): 147–167
  4. 2012 晚明“混音文化”現象在徐渭《歌代嘯》中的體現 (“Manifestations of Late-Ming ‘Remix Culture’ in Xu Wei’s Ge-dai-Xiao”) Journal of Soochow University, Philosophy & Social Science Edition, Vol. 33, No. 1 (2012), 151–155


  1. 2017 “Intertextuality and the City: Bartholomew Fayre and Ge dai xiao,” MLA, Philadelphia
  2. 2016 “Between Presentation and Representation: Storytelling and the Origins of East Asian Drama,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA 2016 “Kunqu: Rehistoricizing the Classical Form of Chinese Opera,” UCLA
  3. 2015 “Music not of this World: Storytelling and the Dialogic Imagination in Hong Sheng’s ‘Hall of Everlasting Life,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
  4. 2014 傳統戲劇中的說唱因素:以《長生殿·彈詞》為例 (“Traditional Storytelling Genres in Late Imperial Musical Drama: The ‘Ballad’ Scene in ‘Hall of Everlasting Life’”), CHINOPERL (“Chinese Oral and Performing Literature”) Annual Meeting, March, 2014
  5. 2013 Invited Talk, Cornell University: “A Duet for One: Misrecognition and the Mirror Structure in Xu Wei’s ‘Zen Monk Jade’”
  6. 2013 “Prosody of ‘Four Cries of the Gibbon,’” Presented at “Late Imperial Personhood: Posthumanist Perspectives on the Premodern Xu Wei (1521-1590),” 6/2013
  7. 2012 “The Poetry and Musicological Writings of Xu Wei,” presented at “Late Imperial Personhood: Posthumanist Perspectives on the Premodern Xu Wei (1521-1590)”
  8. 2012 論王驥德《韓夫人題紅記》中的互文性結構及節奏把握 (“Intertextuality and Rhythm in Wang Jide’s Lady Han Inscribes Red”), presented at the “Two Lands, Three Shores” Chinese Opera Conference, Suzhou, China, June, 2012
  9. 2010 Wang Jide’s Platonic Garden: Idealism and Disillusion in ‘Lady Han Inscribes Red’ presented at New England Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, 2010