Liu Zaifu is a noted contemporary Chinese critic who has published more than thirty books, including scholarly works and collections of essays, and has served as the director of the Institute of Literature at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, the University of Stockholm, and the University of Colorado. He is currently a Fellow at University of Colorado at Boulder and Honorary Professor at City University of Hong Kong.
About the translator
Shu Yunzhong is Associate Professor of Chinese at Queens College, City University of New York. He holds a PhD in Chinese literature from Columbia University. His publications include articles on contemporary Chinese fiction, China's image in Victorian literature, and the Chinese influence on contemporary American poets, Kenneth Rexroth and Gary Snyder.