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Mark Strange

Dr Mark Strange

Senior Research Fellow

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

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Mark Strange is a Sinologist with research interests in the history of political thought and the historiography of pre-modern China, in particular between the third and eleventh centuries AD. 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.

Other Languages

  • Modern Chinese
  • Literary Chinese
  • Japanese (reading)
  • French
  • Spanish

Research Interests

  • Medieval Chinese political and intellectual history
  • Chinese traditional historiography
  • Chinese traditional narrative
  • Textual criticism
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  • The politics of division in eleventh-century China: Sima Guang on the Southern and Northern Dynasties (317–589)
  • Da sheng qi xin lun (Treatise on the Awakening of Mahayana Faith), tr. with John Jorgensen, Dan Lusthaus, and John Makeham, New York: Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
  • [‘Exegesis of the Awakening of Faith’, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, co-director]
  • with T.H. Barrett, ‘Walking by Itself: The Singular History of the Chinese Cat,’ in Martina Siebert and Roel Sterckx (eds.), Animals through Chinese History, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (22 pp., forthcoming)
  • ‘Jie du Song Shen zong “Zi zhi tong jian xu”’ (‘A Reading of Song Shen zong’s ‘Preface to Zi zhi tong jian’; forthcoming)
  • Selected translation into English of Zi zhi tong jian (Comprehensive Mirror to Aid Governance), with an historical and philological commentary
  • Book-length study of the reception history of Zi zhi tong jian
  • Book-length study of representations of Emperor Wu of Liang (r. 502-549)
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PhD Students

  • Jingjing CHEN, Grotto-heavens and early Supreme Clarity Daoism
  • Eugenie EDQUIST, The shaman and the strange: a reading of Li He's poetry
  • Victor FONG, Frontiers and ethnicity in late imperial Chinese law
  • Yu SANG, The influence of Wang Fuzhi on the formation of Xiong Shili's metaphysics
  • Qin YANG, Diagrams in Song China
  • Yayun ZHU, Nanjing in Late-Ming and Early-Qing China

Past Student

Recently supervised projects include: representations of Xinjiang in the work of Ji Yun (1724-1805); Yao Xie's (1805-1864) commentary on Hong lou meng; a critical translation of Suseongji by Im Je (1549-87).

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Selected Publications

Strange, M (forthcoming) ‘Faith and imperial rule: late Tang representations of Emperor Wu of Liang’, Asia Major

Strange, M and Hruby, J 2015, 'Nan shi', in Cynthia L. Chennault et al. (eds.), Early Medieval Chinese Texts: A Bibliographic Guide, Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California Press, pp. 209-16.

Strange, M 2014, 'Sima Guang', in Kerry Brown (ed.), Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, pp. 664-683.

Strange, M 2011, Book review: 'The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature, Kang-i Sun Chang and Stephen Owen (eds.)', The Times Literary Supplement, 13 May 2011, pp. 8-9.

Strange, M 2011, 'Representations of Liang Emperor Wu as a Buddhist Ruler in Sixth- and Seventh-century Texts', Asia Major, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 53-112.

Strange, M 2008, 'Factionalism and the formation of eleventh-century military policy', Journal of Song-Yuan Studies, vol. 38, pp. 186-189 [full electronic version 21pp:]

Strange, M 2007, 'An Eleventh-Century View of Chinese Ethnic Policy: Sima Guang on the Fall of Western Jin', Journal of Historical Sociology, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 235-258.

Strange, M 2006, 'A Reading of Hou Jing's Rebellion in Zizhi tongjian (Comprehensive Mirror to Aid Government): The Construction of Sima Guang's Imperial Vision', in Daria Berg (ed.), Reading China: Fiction, History and the Dynamics of Discourse. Essays in Honour of Professor Glen Dudbridge, Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 200-237.

Strange, M 2006, Book review: 'Ji, Xiao-bin, Politics and Conservatism in Northern Song China: The Career and Thought of Sima Guang (A.D. 1019-1086)', Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies vol. 69, no.1: 166-7.

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