University of Washington

Deborah Lynn Porter

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Box 353650
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

2002-present: Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

1996-2002: Associate Professor of Chinese Literature, University of Utah

1989-1996: Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature, University of Utah

B.A., Middlebury College, 1982

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1989
Dissertation Title: "The Style of Shui-hu chuan"

Grants and Awards
Princeton University Fellowship, 1983-84, 1987-88

National Resource Fellowship, 1984-87

Committee For Scholarly Communication with The People's Republic of China Grant (CSCPRC), March 1990-August 1990

Thomas Dee Grant for Curriculum Development of course entitled "Traditional Asia: Arts and Ideas," 1992-93 ($14,000)

Distinguished Professor of the Year Award, Department of Languages and Literature, University of Utah, 1992

Principal Investigator, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, Institutional Enhancement Grant, 1993 ($184,000) University of Utah Humanities Center Eccles Fellowship (1993-94)

Post-Doctoral Summer Language Fellowship in Taiwan, Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei, 1995

Ramona W. Cannon Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities, 1995

Sabbatical, Career Development Committee, University of Utah, 1997

Faculty Fellow, University of Utah, 1997

Discovery Seminar Course, 2010, 2011, 2012

PI for Korean Studies Initiative Project: Women in Choson: “Wild Rose and Pink Lotus: A Tale of Two Sisters”; “The Tale of Lady Park.” Funded by Academy of Korean Studies, 2010-2013.

Employment Experience
Simultaneous Interpreter for International Conference "Words and Images," held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, May 1985

Instructor for First and Fourth year Chinese, Indiana University, East Asian Summer Language Institute, 1988

Coordinator for Fourth year Chinese, Indiana University, East Asian Summer Language Institute, 1989

Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, University of Utah, 1989-1996; Associate Professor, 1996-2002

Associate Professor, Chinese, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, 2002-


I. Books

From Deluge to Discourse: Myth. History and the Generation of Chinese Fiction. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996.

Manuscript Proposal: From Social Catastrophe to Canonical Text: Shame, Secrets and the Generation of Chinese Orthodoxy. Solicited from SUNY Press, Psychoanalysis and Culture Series.

Work in Progress: Putting the World on the Couch: Psychoanalysis, Film and International Studies

II. Articles

“Character Assassination?: Empire Building and Cultural Pathology in Chen Kaige’s ‘Emperor and the Assassin,’” Film and History, vol. 38.2 (2008)

“The Mysterious Disappearance of Self: Linguistic Authenticity, Over-Consumption and Transformation in Spirited Away.” ms.

“The Jewish Spectre: Identifying the Other in “The Others.” ms.

“Harry Potter and the Melancholic Crypt: Global Mourning and Literary Success.” Work in progress.

“Psychic Bequests: Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labryinthe and the Haunting of Spain.” ms.

"'Ta Yü chih-shui' shen-hua ti 'ch'uang-shih' yi-i" (The Cosmogonic Significance of the the Yü Myths), Han-hsüeh yan-chiu (Sinological Researches, Taiwan ), 14.1 (1996),77-95.

"The Literary Significance of K'un-lun Mountain in the Mu T'ien-tzu chuan," Early China 18 (1993), 73-106.

"Toward an Aesthetic of Chinese Vernacular Fiction: Colloquial Style in the Shui-hu chuan," T'oung pao, LXXIX (1993), 13-53.

"Setting the Tone: Aesthetic Implications of Linguistic Patterns in the Opening Section of Shui-hu chuan," Chinese Literature: Essays. Articles and Reviews, 14 (1992),51-75.

"The Formation of an Image: An Analysis of the Linguistic Patterns that form the Character of Sung Chiang," Journal of the American Oriental Society, 12.12 (1992),233-253.

"Shui-hu chuan yü-fa hsiu-tz'u shen-mei hsiao-ying hsi Li" (The Narrative Art of the Shui-hu chuan from the Perspective of Chinese Grammatical and Rhetorical Principles); Zhongguo wenxue yanjiu (Researches of Chinese Literature) 21 (1991), 32-40.

III. Translations
"Some Notes on the Organization of the Han Dynasty Bamboo 'Annals' - Found at Fuyang," by Hu Pingsheng, Early China 14 (1989): 1-26. -

IV. Book Reviews

T'ien Ju-k'ang's Male Anxiety and Female Chastity in Ming China, Committee on Women in Asian Studies Newsletter, 9.3, (1991): 20-21.

Conference Papers and Presentations
"Rhetoric and Ritual in the Tso-chuan," American Oriental Society, Western branch, Seattle, Washington, Oct. 25-28, 1990

"Chaos and Context," Humanities Center, University of Utah, April 17, 1991

"Using Proficiency-Based Instructional Materials: Prospects and Problems," Chinese Language Teachers Association, Nov. 1991, Washington D.C.

"Myth and History in the My T'ien-tzu chuan," Association for Asian
Studies, Washington D.C., April 2-5, 1992.

"Early Chinese Cosmography: A New Interpretation," invited lecture, Brigham Young University, April, 1993.

"Celestial Patterns in Early Chinese Flood Myths," invited lecture, Middlebury College, Chinese Language Summer School, July 1993.

"Discursive Patterns of Li in Early Chinese Historical Narratives," Combined Western and Southwestern Conferences of the Association for Asian Studies, Mexico City, October 22-23, 1993.

"From Deluge to Discourse: Myth, History and the Genesis of Fiction," Association for Asian Studies, Boston, March 1994.

"Reading Early Chinese Cosmology," invited lecture, University of California, Santa Barbara, May 22, 1994.

"Symbol in Early Chinese Thought," Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Pomona College, October 21-22, 1994.

"Writing as Symptom: Toward an Aesthetic of Chinese Fiction," invited lecture, Brown University, April 6, 1995.

"Incorporating the Filial: Politics, Perversion and the Genesis of Pious Practice in Early China," Association for Asian Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 1996.

"Language, Power and Politics in Early Zhou China: Trauma and the Ritual Reform," Psychoanalysis and Culture Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 1996.

“It’s in the Stars: Hypothesizing the Source of the Western Zhou Ritual Reform.” Invited lecture, University of Washington, April, 2000.

Discussant, "Re-excavating Early China: New Methodologies in Early Chinese Studies," Annual Meeting of Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, March 25, 2001.

“Putting China on the Couch: Psychoanalysis and the Emergence of Social Institutions,” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, April 4-6, 2003

“Character Assassination? Chen Kaige and the Aesthetics of Concealment in ‘The Emperor and the Assassin,’” paper given at the Western Humanities Conference, Salt Lake City, October 12, 2003

Professional Service

Member, Modern Languages Association, Association of Asian Studies, Association of Comparative Literature
Consultant, JSIS East Asia Resource Center
Chinese Masters Admissions Committee
Director, Jackson School of International Studies Honors Program
Adviser, JSIS Qualifying Papers