Xiao RAO 饒驍 is currently a PhD candidate in pre-modern Chinese literature at Stanford University. He received his MA from CU Boulder. His research interests include literary history, religion, and literati culture in medieval China. He has published translations and essays in 'Renditions' and 'Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture.' He is currently writing his dissertation in which he explores how humorous writing reflected and shaped new literary, religious, and political cultures in the Northern Song (960-1127) period. By examining playful poems, jokes, and other anecdotal entries preserved in the miscellany writing (biji) by scholar-officials, he demonstrates the significant roles humor played in the cultural innovations in eleventh century China.

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Literary History of Medieval China
Literati Culture
Relationship between Literature and Religion