Wanmeng Li is a Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She received an MA from UCLA, and a BA from Tsinghua University (China). Her field of study is Chinese premodern literature, and her research interest focuses on the interactive relationship between premodern Chinese literature and Daoism. Her dissertation probes about Daoism’s impact on writings by Song and Yuan dynasties’ literati-officials. Based on the close analysis of such literary works, she aims to study the mutual influence between the contemporary elite class and Daoist society. In the meantime, she intends to exam the way in which literati’s visits to Daoist sites and spaces, including Daoist temples and auspicious lands, empowered such a cultural exchange.
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