106 Webster Hall
PO Box: AC# 2242
Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Civilizations (Chinese) and Women's and Gender Studies
(On Leave 1/1/2014 - 6/30/2014)Amherst College
Courses in Fall 2007
Courses in Spring 2008
Courses in Fall 2008
Courses in Spring 2009
Courses in Fall 2009
Courses in Spring 2010
Courses in Fall 2011
Courses in Spring 2012
Courses in Fall 2012
Courses in Spring 2013
Courses in Spring 2014
- Paola Zamperini is on leave during the Spring 2014 semester.
Professional and Biographical Information
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley (1999)
Major: Chinese Literature; minor: Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Designated Emphasis Program, Women¹s Studies Department.
M.A., University of California at Berkeley, Chinese Literature (1994)
B.A., University of Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy (1991)
Chinese Language and Literature
Maturita' Classica, Liceo Classico Parini, Milan, Italy (1985)
My teaching interests span traditional and contemporary Chinese literature, popular culture, the body, romance, sexuality and gender, Buddhism in China, Tibet, and East Asia, fashion practices, film studies and cinema. I am particularly intrigued by how in the universe of Chinese culture, both past and present, performance, text, and gender merge and collide to create both individual and collective subjectivities. For example, studying foot-binding means exploring representations of this practice in literary and historical sources of late imperial China, like the poetry written by women who bound their feet or the description of bound feet in erotic novels, along with contemporary historical and analytical essays that try to make sense of the complicated gender and cultural dynamics behind this very unique phenomenon. I am also very interested in creating opportunities for my students to study China and East Asia in a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary fashion, to challenge them and myself to think globally about the world(s) we live in. I also strongly believe in community-based learning, and in my most recent courses, such as "Beyond Shangri-la: Narratives of Tibet, East and West," I have combined my expertise as an Asan Studies scholar and teacher with direct enaggement with the local Tibetans currently living in the Piioneer Valley. I have also been developing a systematic collaboration with Amherst Cinema, to have film makers show in that venue work related totopics and issues covered in my courses, to bridge the divide between academia and community.
Post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for Chinese Literature and Philosophy (2001-2002), Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
Fulbright Fellowship for the Ph.D. program in Chinese Literature at University of California, Berkeley, East Asian Languages department (1992-1998)
Association for Asian Studies; European Association for Chinese Studies; Modern Language Association; Women and Gender Network. I am also an associate in research at the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University.