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Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures



Sarah Allan

Sarah Allan

Burlington Northern Foundation Professor of Asian Studies (Chinese)
B.A., U.C.L.A.; M.A., Univ. of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., Univ. of California, Berkeley

  • Joined the faculty in 1995

Academic Interests

  • Classical Chinese language and literature; early Chinese culture; early Chinese writing and excavated texts; the development of ancient Chinese philosophical systems.

Selected Courses

  • Chinese 51: Introduction to Classical Chinese
  • Chinese 52: Readings in Daoist texts
  • Chinese 62: Early Chinese Culture
  • Chinese 83: Key Concepts in Chinese Philosophy

Selected Publications

  • "The Heir and the Sage: Dynastic Legend in Early China" (1981)
  • "The Shape of the Turtle: Myth, Art and Cosmos in Early China" (1991)
  • "The Way of Water and Sprouts of Virtue" (1997)
  • "The Guodian Laozi" (co-editor, 2000)
  • "The Formation of Chinese Civilization: an Archaeological Perspective" (editor, 2005)