Dr Mark Strange

B.A. Hons (Durham); M.St., D.Phil. (Oxon)
Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Research interests

Medieval Chinese political thought

Medieval Chinese political and intellectual history

Chinese traditional historiography, particularly Zi zhi tong jian

Chinese traditional narrative

Textual criticism


Mark Strange is a Sinologist with research interests in the history of political thought and the historiography of pre-modern China, in particular between the third and eleventh centuries AD. He has taught Chinese history and Literary Chinese language at the Universities of Warwick, Oxford, and Cambridge. He joined the Australian National University in 2012.

Researcher's projects

On medieval intellectual history and historiography

History and empire in eleventh-century China: a reading of Sima Guang's Zi zhi tong jian

The development of Zi zhi tong jian: a study and critical translation of Sima Guang’s comments as historian

A Comprehensive Mirror to Aid Orderly Rule (Zi zhi tong jian): a translation of juan 1-8, with historical and philological commentary

‘Jie du Song Shen zong “Zi zhi tong jian xu”’ (‘A Reading of Song Shen zong’s ‘Preface to Zi zhi tong jian’)

Studies of the reception history of Zi zhi tong jian in China, Japan, and Korea

with Esther S. Klein: selected translation of Liu Zhiji's Shi tong; edited volume on Liu Zhiji and medieval historiography

with T.H. Barrett, ‘Walking by Itself: The Singular History of the Chinese Cat,’ in Animals Through Chinese History: Earliest times to 1911, ed., Dagmar Schaefer, Martina Siebert, and Roel Sterckx, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp.84-98.

On medieval Buddhism

Da sheng qi xin lun (Treatise on Giving Rise to Faith in the Great Vehicle), tr. with John Jorgensen, Dan Lusthaus, and John Makeham, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

[‘Exegesis of the Awakening of Faith’, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, co-director]

Book-length study of representations of Emperor Wu of Liang (r. 502-549)

Current student projects

CHEN Jingjing, Sima Chengzhen (647–735) and the systematization of grotto-heavens

Eugenie EDQUIST, Representations of Wu shan in Tang poetry

Tony EDWARDS, The 'Western School' (Xipai) of Internal Alchemy 

Victor FONG, Frontiers and ethnicity in Tang law

SANG Yu, Reality and Function in Xiong Shili's thought (1920-37)

WANG Linfang, The reception of Zhuang zi in eleventh-century China

Henry WU, Chinese Buddhist translations of Kumarajiva from the perspective of language contact

YANG Qin, Diagrams and classical exegesis in Song China

ZHU Yayun, Nanjing in late-Ming and early-Qing China

Past student projects

Recently supervised projects include: representations of Xinjiang in the work of Ji Yun (1724-1805); Yao Xie's (1805-1864) commentary on Hong lou meng; a critical translation of Suseongji by Im Je (1549-87); accounts of sagehood in Yang Xiong's Fa yan; Wang Pang's (1044-1076) commentary on Zhuang zi.


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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