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University Professor, Comparative Literature, the Committee on Social Thought, East Asian Languages & Civilizations, The University of Chicago

John P. Birkelund Fellow in the Humanities - Class of Fall 2018

Haun Saussy holds multiple appointments at The University of Chicago, and serves on the faculty advisory boards for the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, Neubauer Family Collegium for Culture and Society, and Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge. He received a BA in Greek and comparative literature from Duke University, and PhD in comparative literature from Yale University. Saussy has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles; Stanford University; Yale University; City University of Hong Kong; Université de Paris-III; and University of Otago. His work has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation and the Stanford Humanities Center. From 2009 to 2011, he was president of the American Comparative Literature Association. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Saussy’s recent books include When the Pipirite Sings: Selected Poems of Jean Métellus (Northwestern, forthcoming 2019), Texts and Transformations (Cambria, 2018), Translation as Citation: Zhuangzi Inside Out (Oxford, 2017), which received the Wellek Prize from the American Comparative Literature Association, and The Ethnography of Rhythm: Orality and Its Technologies (Fordham, 2016), which was awarded the Scaglione Prize by the Modern Language Association. He has edited numerous anthologies of Chinese poetry and aesthetics, and published broadly on topics such as the imaginary universal languages of Athanasius Kircher, Chinese musicology, the great Qing-dynasty novel Honglou meng, the history of the idea of oral literature, Haitian poetry, healthcare for the global poor, and contemporary art.

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