About

Tom Mazanec

Tom Mazanec


Tom Mazanec is assistant professor of premodern Chinese literature and cultural studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received a joint Ph.D. in East Asian Studies and Humanistic Studies from Princeton University in 2017, his M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2011, and his B.A. in English and Chinese from Calvin College in 2007.

His research is focused on Chinese Buddhist poetry of the ninth and tenth centuries CE. Other research interests include medieval Chinese poetics, literary theory, translation studies, religious studies, and digital humanities. He’s also an avid collector of bizarre and obscure translations of Chinese poetry into English.

On this website, you’ll find his CV, information on his research projects (including network maps of medieval Chinese exchange poetry), links to Sinological resources, and his blog. His email address is mazanec@ucsb.edu, and his profile at UCSB can be found here.

Photo credit: Jillian Title.

Publications

From Poetic Revolution to the Southern Society: The Birth of Classicist Poetry in Modern China by Sun Zhimei (trans. T. Mazanec)

From Poetic Revolution to the Southern Society: The Birth of Classicist Poetry in Modern China by Sun Zhimei (trans. T. Mazanec)

Frontiers of Literary Studies in China 12.2 (2018): 299–323
The Medieval Chinese Gāthā and Its Relationship to Poetry

The Medieval Chinese Gāthā and Its Relationship to Poetry

T’oung Pao 103.1–3 (2017): 94–154.
Review of Spells, Images, and Maṇḍalas by Koichi Shinohara

Review of Spells, Images, and Maṇḍalas by Koichi Shinohara

Pacific World 18 (2016): 209–218
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Latest Blog Posts

Talk at Stanford: “On the Fungibility of Money, Merit, and Meter: Debts in the Late Tang”

I will be giving a talk at Stanford University on some of my most recent research, namely on concepts of debt in medieval China and how they relate to literature. […]

Patterns and Networks in Classical Chinese Literature: Notes from the Digital Frontier

  Conference Announcement Patterns and Networks in Classical Chinese Literature: Notes from the Digital Frontier Twelve scholars from around the globe will present examples of the groundbreaking research taking place […]

New Publication: The Medieval Chinese Gāthā and Its Relationship to Poetry

Was there ever such a concept as “Buddhist poetry” in the medieval Chinese world, widely considered to be the golden age of classical Chinese poetry? My latest article, just published […]

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