Linda Rui Feng

Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Undergraduate
Robarts Library, Room 14-129


Areas of Interest

  • Conceptions of spatial knowledge
  • History of cartography
  • Forms of geographical writing
  • Cultural history of food
  • History of the ocean in the Tang dynasty
  • Depictions of the Yellow River on maps during the Ming


Linda Rui Feng’s most recent monograph is City of Marvel and Transformation: Chang’an and Narratives of Experience in Tang Dynasty China (2015). Her current research interest is in the conception of spatial knowledge and its role in the collective imagination, particularly during the late medieval and early modern eras. To this end, she works with materials ranging from maps and geographical treatises to collections of anecdotes and narratives, in order to pose questions about how space was rendered tangible through both image and text. As part of her wider interest in the interconnections among cultural technologies, knowledge, writing, and the various senses, she also maintains an active interest in the history of food in East Asia. She is a writer of fiction, and has been twice awarded MacDowell Fellowships.


  • EAS103 Premodern East Asia
  • EAS219 History of Food in East Asia
  • EAS308 East Asia Seen on Maps Ancient and Modern
  • EAS409 Cities in Premodern China
  • EAS420 Travels, Travellers and Travelogues in Asia
  • EAS2323 Rethinking Chinese Cultural History


  • "Producing Knowledge of the Sea: Marine Life and a Tang Geographical Miscellany of Lingnan." Locality and Geographical Knowledge Workshop (online), Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, June 29--July 1, 2020.
  • “Sources of the Yellow River on Ming Dynasty Maps.” Frontier Forum on Cartographic History & International Seminar on The History of Cartography Translation Project, Yunnan University, Kunming, August 24-26, 2019.


PhD, East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University
MA, East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University
BA, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

Administrative Service

Associate Chair, Undergraduate