Feng, Linda

Professor Linda Feng.Linda Rui Feng (Ph.D.,
Columbia University)

Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Undergraduate
Department of East Asian Studies
Office Location: Robarts Library 14129 (14th Floor)
Office Phone: 416-946-5116
E-mail: lr[dot]feng[at]utoronto[dot]ca

As a cultural historian, I am interested in the conception of spatial knowledge—along with its role in the collective imagination—during the late medieval and early modern eras in China. I work with materials ranging from maps, 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 my wider interest in the interconnections among cultural technologies, knowledge, writing, and the various senses, I maintain an active interest in the history of food in East Asia. I am a writer of fiction as well: I have been awarded MacDowell Colony Fellowships, and my forthcoming novel was a 2018 finalist for the Restless Book Award for New Immigrant Writing.

Academic Background: 

  • Ph.D., East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University
  • M.A., East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University
  • B.A., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

Recent Publications:

  • City of Marvel and Transformation: Chang’an and Narratives of Experience in Tang Dynasty China. University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2015.
  • “Merging into the Map: Sources of Imagined Cartographic Efficacy in Medieval China.” Word & Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry 34:4 (2018): 322–31.
  • “Can Lost Maps Speak? Toward a Cultural History of Map Reading in Medieval China.” Imago Mundi 70:2 (2018): 169–82.
  • “Negotiating Vertical Space: Walls, Vistas, and the Topographical Imagination.” T’ang Studies 29 (2011): 27—44.
  • “Chang’an and Narratives of Experience in Tang Tales.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 71:1 (2011): 35—68.
  • “Unmasking Fengliu in Urban Chang’an: Rereading Beili zhi (Anecdotes from the Northern Ward). ” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews 32 (2010): 1—21.


  • 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

Professor Feng’s headshot is courtesy of Lisa Sakulensky.