Chinese Scholar to Visit Faulkner Center

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 1, 2005 ᾰ A leading Faulkner scholar from the mainland of China will be spending the next year conducting research in Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Faulkner Studies.

Changlei Li, vice dean of the School of Foreign Languages and vice director of the British and American Literature Research Center at Weifang University in Weifang City, Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China, regularly teaches courses in American and British literature.

Li has published 20 articles on Faulkner in Chinese journals and has authored two books, A Survey of British and American Culture and A Survey of Australian Culture. At Southeast, he will utilize the resources of the Brodsky Collection to complete his Faulkner dissertation and fulfill requirements for his doctoral degree from Shandong University.

“William Faulkner is greatly admired in China,” Li said. “Faulkner’s story ‘A Rose for Emily’ was translated into Chinese in the 1930s, and, since that time, there have been more than 300 articles published in Chinese journals on that one story.”

During his stay on the Southeast campus, Li will visit classes in the Department of English to broaden his knowledge of American and British literature. He also will deliver occasional guest lectures in selected classes.

Li arrived on the Southeast campus Feb. 23. This is his first visit to the United States. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Hamblin, director of the Center for Faulkner Studies, at rhamblin@semo.edu.