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Pauline C. Lee

Assistant Professor of Chinese Religions and Cultures 

Professor Lee joined Saint Louis University in the department of Theological Studies in 2013.  She received her A.B. (English Literature, honors in Humanities, 1991) from Stanford University, her M.T.S. (Comparative Religions, 1995) from Harvard Divinity School, and her Ph.D. (Religious Studies, minor in Philosophy, 2002) from Stanford University.  She teaches East Asian religions and philosophy with courses in Chinese thought, Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, East Asian women and feminisms, Chinese Civilization, world religions, and children’s studies.  Previous to her current position, she has taught at Santa Clara University and Washington University in St. Louis.  Her first monograph, Li Zhi, Confucianism, and the Virtue of Desire (State University of New York Press, 2012), examines the 16th century thinker Li Zhi 李贄 and his views on the role of self-expression and desire in a good life.  In the Journal of Chinese Religions, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, the Journal of Chinese Philosophy, and edited volumes on women and Chinese thought she has published in the areas of Chinese feminisms, space and place, Chinese conceptions of childhood, and comparative religions and philosophy.  With Rivi Handler-Spitz and Haun Saussy she is collaborating on the first book-length English language translation of Li Zhi’s writings, A Book to Burn: Banned Writings of a Ming Iconoclast (Columbia UP); and with Handler-Spitz and Saussy on the first English-language volume of critical essays on this major iconoclastic thinker.  Her second monograph, provisionally entitled Play in China: The Trifling, the Wicked, and the Sacred (SUNY Press), examines changing views of play in China from ca. 200-1800 CE through a study of Chinese religious and philosophical classics, the rich but too often neglected tradition of commentaries on these works, as well as paintings and playthings.  Her current interests include intercultural dialogue at the intersection of Christianity and 16th-19th century China, and with Filippo Marsili she has established at Saint Louis University "The Matteo Ricci Speakers Series (2014-2018)."  

For select publications, see http://slu.academia.edu/PaulineLee.  For Pauline Lee's monograph, see http://www.sunypress.edu/p-5280-li-zhi-confucianism-and-the-vir.aspx.  For the Ricci Series, see http://matteoricci.slu.edu/.