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Guide to the James J. Y. Liu Papers
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    Call Number: SC0594
    Creator: Liu, James J. Y.
    Title: James J. Y. Liu papers
    Dates: 1968-1986
    Physical Description: 3.25 Linear feet
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information


    Custodial History

    Administrative transfer, 2000

    Information about Access

    The materials are open for research use.

    Ownership & Copyright

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.

    Cite As

    [Identification of item], James J. Y. Liu Papers (SC0594). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    James J. Y. Liu, noted scholar in the field of Chinese literature, taught at Stanford University from 1967 until his death in 1986. He served as chairman of the Department of Asian Languages from 1969 to 1975 and, beginning in 1977, held a courtesy appointment as professor of comparative literature.
    Liu earned his B.A. at Fu Jen University in Beijing in 1948 and his M.A. at the University of Bristol, England, in 1952. He taught at London University, Hong Kong University, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Chicago before joining the Stanford faculty. He was a Guggenheim fellow in 1971 and a NEH fellow in 1978-79, the same year he received the dean's award for distinguished teaching at Stanford.
    Liu was the author of eight books, including The Art of Chinese Poetry, The Poetry of Li Shang-Yin, The Interlingual Critic, Chinese Theories of Literature, and Language--Paradox--Poetics : A Chinese Perspective.

    Scope and Content

    These papers document Liu's career at Stanford University and include correspondence with colleagues and students, 1971-86; correspondence with publishers and associations, 1969-84; minutes, memoranda, and other records pertaining to departmental and university matters, 1968-85; correspondence and records pertaining to NEH summer seminars he taught, 1976-85; and some curriculum materials such as doctoral reading lists and exams and ditto masters for class handouts, 1969-84.
    Correspondents include Frederick P. Brandauer, Kenneth Dean, Eugene Eoyang, Chih-tsing Hsia, Donald Gjertson, Beata Grant, Peter H. Lee, Timothy Light, Irving Lo, Richard J. Lynn, Ronald Miao, Earl Miner, William H. Nienhauser, Stuart Sargent, Donald Shively (Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies), Arnold Toynbee, and Pauline Yu.

    Access Terms

    Brandauer, Frederick Paul,, 1933-
    Dean, Kenneth,, 1956-
    Eoyang, Eugene Chen.
    Gjertson, Donald E.
    Grant, Beata.
    Hsia, Chih-tsing,, 1921-
    Lee, Peter H.,, 1929-
    Light, Timothy.
    Lo, Irving Yucheng,, 1922-
    Lynn, Richard John.
    Miner, Earl Roy.
    National Endowment for the Humanities.
    Nienhauser, William H.
    Sargent, Stuart Howard.
    Shively, Donald H., (Donald Howard), 1921-2005.
    Stanford University -- General subdivision--Faculty.;
    Stanford University. Department of Asian Languages.
    Toynbee, Arnold,, 1889-1975.
    Yu, Pauline,, 1949-
    Chinese language--Study and teaching.
    Chinese poetry--Study and teaching.