The Dartmouth Critical Manuscript Seminar

The Dartmouth Critical Manuscript Seminar invites guest writers who have completed a first draft of a new book manuscript for intense discussion with a select group of readers. Our hope is to provide critical responses to the manuscript, from a wide variety of disciplinary and topical perspectives. Past writers and their manuscripts have included Pamela Kyle Crossley (Dartrmouth College), A Translucent Mirror (2001, (subsequently awarded the Levenson Prize by the Association for Asian Studies) and Glenn W. Most (University of Chicago), forthcoming monograph on the figure of Doubting Thomas. The seminar is funded by the Robert 1932 and Barbara Black Professorship, Dartmouth College.

The May 3, 2003 seminar will present Benjamin A. Elman's manuscript, "Constructing Science in China, 1550-1900: From the Chinese Sciences to Modern Science in China," forthcoming from Harvard University Press. The discussant will be Michael Gordin, Princeton University.

BENJAMIN A. ELMAN is Professor of East Asian Studies and History, Princeton University and previously taught in the Depart ment of History, University of California at Los Angeles where he was director of the Center for Chinese Studies. BOOKS: From Philosophy to Philology: Intellectual and Social Aspects of Change in Late Imperial China (Harvard East Asia Monographs 1984, 1990, UCLA Asian Pacific Monograph Series, 2001; Chinese translation 1995); Classicism, Politics, and Kinship: The Ch'ang-chou School of New Text Confucianism in Late Imperial China (University of California, 1990); A Cultural History of Civil Examinations in Late Imperial China (University of California, 2000) [EDITED] Rethinking Confucianism: Past and Present in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam (UCLA Asian Pacific Monograph Series, 2002); Education and Society in Late Imperial China, 1600-1900 (California, Studies on China, No 19, 1994); DIGITAL: compiler, "Classical Historiography for Chinese History" CURRENT: A Cultural History of Modern Science in Late Imperial China; From 'Chinese Science' to 'Modern Science in China' (forthcoming, Harvard University). PHD: University of Pennsylvania (Oriental Studies), 1980. MISC: Mellon Visiting Professor, Institute for Advanced Study; Visiting Research Scholar, Institute for Humanistic Research, Kyoto University; recipient of NEH and Fulbright fellowships.


SARAH ALLAN is the Burlington Northern Foundation Professor of Asian Studies at Dartmouth College and previously taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. BOOKS: The Heir and the Sage: Dynastic Legend in early China (CMC, 1981, Chinese translation 2001); The Shape of the Turtle: Myth, Art and Cosmos in Early China (SUNY, 1991, Chinese trans. 1992, Korean trans. 2002), The Way of Water and Sprouts of Virtue (1997, Korean trans. 1999, Chinese trans. 2002), Early Chinese History, Thought, and Culture (collection of articles translated into Chinese, Liaoning, 1999). [CO-AUTHORED]: Oracle Bone Collections in Great Britain (Zhonghua Shuju, 1985, 91, with Li Xueqin and Qi Wenxin); Oracle Bone Inscriptions in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, Sweden, with Li Xueqin and Qi Wenxin and published in Chinese (Zhonghua Shuju, 1999), Chinese Bronzes: A Selection from European Collections, with Li Xueqin and published in Chinese (Wenwu, 1995) , [CO-EDITED] Legend Lore and Religion in China (CMC, 1981); Yinyang, Five Element and Correlative Modes of Thought in Ancient China (in Chinese, Jiangsu Guji, 1998), The Guodian Laozi: Proceedings of the International Conference, Dartmouth College, May 1998 (Early China Special Monograph Series, No. 5, Institute of East Asian Studies, 2000, Chinese edition: Xueyuan, 2002). CURRENT: Editor, The Formation of Chinese Civilization: An Archaeological Perspective (Yale, 2004, in press); Luce Foundation grant for scholarly collaboration with China on recently excavated manuscripts (1998-2000, with Robert Henricks); co-chaired international conference at Dartmouth coinciding with the release of the Guodian Laozi, May, 1998, and conference on excavated texts at Peking University in 2000, at which the unpublished finds from 11 sites were presented (Proceedings in press, Wenwu).A third conference in this series will be held at Mount Holyoke, April 23-25, 2004. PHD: University of California at Berkeley, 1974. MISC: Honorary Professor, Wuhan University; Guest Professor, Anyang Teachers College; Foreign Research Specialist, Research Center for Ancient Civilization, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.


PAMELA KYLE CROSSLEY is Robert 1932 and Barbara Black Professor of History at Dartmouth College and former chair of the Program in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. BOOKS: Orphan Warriors: Three Manchu Generations and the End of the Qing World (Princeton University, 1990); The Manchus (Blackwell's, 1997; Spanish translation, 2002); A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Ideology (California, 1999) [CO-AUTHORED] The Earth and its Peoples (Houghton Mifflin, 3rd edition, 2004); Global Society: The World since 1900 (Houghton MIfflin, 2003) [EDITED] Empire at the Margins: Frontier and Ethnicity in Early Modern China (California, forthcoming) RECENT ARTICLES: "Nationality and Difference in China: The Post-Imperial Dilemma” in Joshua A. Fogel, ed., Teleologies of the Modern Nation-State,(University of Pennsylvania, forthcoming); “Unfree Life in Early-Modern China,” in David Eltis and Stanley Engerman, eds., The Cambridge History of Slavery, Volume 3, (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming); “Making Mongols” in P.K. Crossley, H.F. Siu and D. Sutton, eds., Empire at the Margins: Frontier and Ethnicity in Early Modern China, (University of California, forthcoming); "New Perspectives on the Qing Chinese-Martial Banners" (in Chinese), in Yan Chongnian, ed., Proceedings of the Beijing Conference on Manchu Studies, 2003 (Beijing Academy of Social Sciences); “The Conquest Elite,” in Willard Peterson, ed., The Cambridge History of China, Volume 9, (Cambridge University Press, 2001). DIGITAL: editor, Dartmouth Qing Studies Portal CURRENT: history of coercive institutions in China; Richard T. Greener at Vladivostok, 1898-1905; comparative horsemanship in medieval Eurasia PHD: Yale University (Modern Chinese History), 1983. MISC: recipient of Guggenheim, Whiting, Wilson Center for International Studies and ACLS fellowships, and the Joseph R. Levenson Prize from the Association of Asian Studies..


DANIEL K. GARDNER is professor of history at Smith College. BOOKS: Zhu Xi's Reading of the Analects: Canon, Commentary, and the Classical Tradition (Columbia University, 2003); Learning to Be a Sage: Selections from the Conversations of Master Chu, Arranged Topically (University of California, 1990); Chu Hsi and the Ta-Hsüeh: Neo-Confucian Reflection on the Confucian Canon (Harvard East Asian Monographs, No 118, 1986) EDITED BOOKS: A Century of Arts and Letters A Century of Arts and Letters (Columbia University, 2003) CURRENT: Canon, Commentary, and the Confucian Tradition, an extended analysis of how--and why--different commentators over the centuries read the enormously influential text of the Analects differently. PHD: Harvard University (pre-modern China), 1983?


MICHAEL GORDIN is assistant professor of History, Princeton University. BOOKS: A Well-Ordered Thing: Dmitrii Mendeleev and the Shadow of the Periodic Table (Basic, 2004) [EDITED] History of Modern Physical Science: Four Volume Set, Routledge (2001 - ). RECENT ARTICLES: “Measure of All the Russias: Metrology and Governance in the Russian Empire” in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 4 (2003): 783-815 and “The "Importation of Being Earnest: The Early St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences”in Isis 91 (2000): 1-31. . CURRENT: a study of the relations between Russian and German scientists and the rise of a chemical nationalism in the late nineteenth century. PHD: Harvard University (History of Science), 2001. MISC:Harvard Society of Fellows, Junior Fellow


RICHARD L. KREMER is associate professor of history and co-chair of "Studies in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology," Dartmouth. BOOKS: The thermodynamics of life and experimental physiology, 1770-1880 (New York: Garland, 1990); Letters of Hermann von Helmholtz to his wife, 1847-1859 (Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag, 1990). RECENT ARTICLES: "Copernicus among the astrologers: A preliminary study," in Astronomy as a model for the sciences, ed. B. Fritscher (Munich: Institut f. Geschichte d. Naturwissenschaften, in press); "Text to trophy: Shifting representations of Regiomontanus's library," in Lost libraries: The destruction of great book collections since antiquity, pp. 75-90. Ed. J. Raven ( Palgrave Macmillan, 2004); "Wenzel Faber's table for finding true syzygy," Centaurus, 45 (2003), 305-29; "Thoughts on John of Saxony's method for finding true syzygy," Historia mathematica, 30 (2003), 263-77. DIGITAL: Co-editor with Michael Shank, "Regiomontanus's Defensio Theonis contra Trapizuntium, c. 1465-76" (under construction) CURRENT: Monographs on astronomy in the incunabula single-sheet almanacs; cosmological controversies in fifteenth-century Europe; and Dartmouth's collection of historic scientific instruments. PHD Harvard (History of Science), 1984 MISC: recipient NSF, NEH, Fulbright, Humboldt Foundation, Gardner Foundation, IREX grants and fellowships; Visiting Resarch Scholar, Institut f. Geschichte d. Wissenschaften, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich; Freie Universität, Berlin.


RICHARD LIM is associate professor of history, Smith College. BOOKS: Public Disputation, Power and Social Order in Late Antiquity (1995) EDITED BOOKS: Readings in Ancient History (6th ed., 2001); The West in the Wider World: Two Millennia of Interactions (forthcoming); The World of Late Antiquity: the Challenge of New Historiographies (forthcoming). RECENT ARTICLES: "Religious Disputation and Social Disorder in Late Antiquity," in Historia (1995); "Christian Triumph and Controversy," in Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Post-Classical World (1999) and Interpreting Late Antiquity (2001); "The tribunus voluptatum in the Later Roman Empire," in Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome (1996); "Consensus and Dissensus on Roman Games in Early Byzantium," in Byzantinische Forschungen (1997); "Isidore of Pelusium on Roman Public Spectacles," Studia Patristica (1997); " "People as Power: Games, Munificence and Contested Topography," in The Transformation of the Urbs Roma in Late Antiquity , Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplements (1999);"'In the Temple of Laughter': Visual and Literary Representations of Spectators at Roman Games," in Studies in the History of Art (National Gallery, D.C., 1999); "Augustine, Grammarians and the Cultural Authority of Virgil," in Roger Ree, ed., Virgil in the Fourth Century (forthcoming); "The Roman Pantomime Riot of A.D. 509."in Mélanges Cracco Ruggini (forthcoming); and "Converting the Unchristianizable: the Baptism of Stage Performers in Late Antiquity," in Anthony Grafton and Kenneth Mills, ed., Conversion in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (forthcoming) PHD Princeton University (Late Antiquity), 1991


LU YAN is associate professor of history, University of New Hampshire. BOOKS: Re-understanding Japan: Chinese Perspectives, 1895-1945. (University of Hawaii, 2004) RECENT ARTICLES: " Beyond Politics in Wartime: Zhou Zuoren, 1936-1945," Sino-Japanese Studies, 11:1 (October 1998); "Shanghai kaibu chuqi de duiwai maoyi (Foreign trade in Shanghai during the early period of the treaty port)," Ding Richu E and Shen Zuwei eds., Shanghai jindai jingji shi (The Economic History of Modern Shanghai) (Shanghai: Shanghai renmin chubanshe, 1994), chapter 2; "Shanghai duiwai maoyi de fazhan (The development of foreign trade in Shanghai)," in ibid, chapter 6 CURRENT: Chinese media reform and internationalization in late 20th century PHD: Cornell University (Modern East Asia), 1995. MISC: past recipient of ACLS/SSRC International Postdoctoral Fellowship ; Gustafson Fellowship; Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, Ford Foundation Grant

M.ANNE SA'ADAH is Joel Parker Professor of Law and Political Science and chair of the Department of Government, Dartmouth. BOOKS: Contemporary France: A Democratic Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003); Germany's Second Chance: Trust, Justice, and Democratization (Harvard University, 1998) RECENT ARTICLES: "Hope, Disappointment, and Self-Restraint: Reflections on the Democratic Experiment," in Theodore Rabb and Ezra Suleiman, eds., The Making and Unmaking of Democracy: Lessons from History and World Politics (Routledge, 2003; "Ein Staatsmann mit Geschichte': Joschka Fischer's German Past," in German Politics and Society, Vol. 19, No. 3 (Fall 2001); "Power in Helmut Kohl's Republic: The Two Faces of German Democracy," German Politics and Society, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Summer 2000); "The Headaches and Heartaches of Globalization: A Review of Oskar Lafontaine's Das Herz schlägt links," in German Politics and Society, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Spring 2000) PHD: Harvard (Political Science)


DENNIS WASHBURN is professor of Japanese and of Comparative Literature, and chair of the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Language and Literature at Dartmouth. BOOKS: The Dilemma of the Modern in Japanese Fiction (Yale, 1995) [TRANSLATION] Riichi Yokomitsu, Shanghai: A Novel (Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies, 33); Ooka Shohei, The Shade of Blossoms (University of Michigan Center for East Asian Studies, 1998) [EDITED ]Word and Image in Japanese Cinema (Cambridge, 2000); Studies in Modern Japanese Literature: Essays and Translations in Honor of Edwin McClellan (Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies, No 20, 1997) RECENT ARTICLES: "A Story of Cruel Youth: Kon Ichikawa's Enjo and the Art of Adapting in 1950s Japan," in Kon Ichikawa, ed. James Quandt, (Toronto: Cinematheque Ontario, 2001); "The Arrest of Time: Sacred Transgressions of Vengeance Is Mine," in Word and Image in Japanese Cinema, ed. Washburn and Cavanaugh, (Cambridge University, 2000); "Structures of Emptiness: Kitsch, Nihilism and the Inauthentic in Mishima's Aesthetics," in Studies in Modern Japanese Literature, eds. Washburn & Tansman, (University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies, 1997); "Toward A View from Nowhere: Perspective and Ethical Judgment in Fires on the Plain," Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 21: No. 1 (Winter, 1997); "Manly Virtue and the Quest for Self: The Bildungsroman of Mori Ogai," Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 21: No. 1 (Winter, 1995); "The Homeless Scholar: Asakawa Kan'ichi and the Problem of Modern Identity," Asakawa Kan'ichi no sekai (The world of Asakawa Kan'ichi), ed. Asakawa Kan'ichi kenkyukai (Waseda University, 1993); "Ghostwriters and Literary Haunts: The Subordination of Ethics to Art in Ugetsu monogatari," Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 45. No. 1. (Spring, 1990) CURRENT: The Moral Imagination in Meiji Fiction; translation project; Tokyo as an Idea and Selected Essays by Isoda Koichi; Norton Critical Edition of The Tale of Genji. PHD: Yale University (Japanese Literature), 1981