>>>Pre-Performance Lecture: “Lyrical Expressionism of Chinese Drumming” Free, public lecture before GuGu Drum Group
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Show Times:

February 13, 2020 • 5:45 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

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Drums speak. They have been used for centuries to communicate from area to area and people to people around the world. In “Lyrical Expressionism of Chinese Drumming,” Dr. Chao Ling, a professor of Chinese literature and culture and native of Shanghai, explores the language and history of drumming as both art form and means of communication, tackling topics of collective identity and the use of the drum in pre-modern tradition.

About Dr. Chao Ling

Originally from Shanghai, Chao Ling earned a BA from Beijing University, Beijing and an MA from Columbia University before joining Yale as a PhD student of Chinese literature and culture in 2012.  His primary interest concerns the literary cultures of the Southern and Northern Dynasties.  Specifically, he is interested in historicizing the North, and tries to paint a picture of the North based on the re-reading of surviving literary works in the lens of literary analysis, historicism, historiography, and cultural history.  He is also interested in the law and literature in late imperial China as well as Chinese art history.


The lecture takes place at Merrill Auditorium.


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