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Lei Xue

Lei Xue


Lei Xue
Assistant Professor, Art History

541-737-5395 / 210 Fairbanks Hall /

B.A. and M.A. in Literary Study, Beijing Normal University

M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History, Columbia University 

Research Interests
Lei Xue’s primary research interest is the intersection of pre-modern Chinese visual and literary arts within a socio-political structure.  His current research focuses on the history of Chinese calligraphy. “Elusive Crane: Yi he ming and the Culture of Chinese Calligraphy,” Xue’s doctoral dissertation, is being expanded into a book.  The manuscript explores inscribed stone monuments in medieval China. Specifically, it examines the complex relationship between text and image, materiality and spatiality, and how these ancient works shaped later artistic taste and visions.  His most recent article, “Enigma of the Eulogy to Burying a Crane,” appears in Artibus Asiae (vol. 73, 2012, no. 1).

Xue teaches courses on traditional and contemporary Chinese art, Japanese art, and an introduction to Asian art.  In the classroom, Xue sets up an interactive environment in which students express themselves freely. Using observation and discussion, the artwork leads to critical analysis and a broader understanding of their historical and cultural significance. This approach helps students construct their own knowledge about art and its history, and enhances their analytical and critical thinking.
Courses Taught
ART 208: Introduction to Asian Art
ART 397: Early Chinese Art and Archaeology
ART 397: Late Chinese Art and Culture 

ART 397: Art of Japan
ART 479: Chinese Calligraphy: Process and History
ART 497: Contemporary Chinese Art

Selected Publications
•    “Enigma of the Eulogy to Burying a Crane,” Artibus Asiae, vol. 73 (2012), no. 1 

•    “Reconstructing Yiheming: a Perspective of Textual Criticism” (in Chinese), Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Yi he ming (Zhenjiang: Jiangsu University Press, 2009), 221-225.

•    “Misinterpretation of the ‘Folk Literature’” (in Chinese), Dushu, 2001, no.4: 63-65.  

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