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Xiangzhan Cheng

Professor of Aesthetics, deputy director of Shandong University Research Center

Xiangzhan Cheng is a professor of aesthetics in the School of Literature and Communication at Shandong University, China, and a deputy director of Shandong University Research Center for Literary Theory and Aesthetics, a deputy director of Shandong University Research Center for Ecoaesthetics and Ecocriticism, a visiting scholar of Harvard-Yenching Institute at Harvard University (2006-2007), the executive editor of Newsletter on Ecoaesthetics and Ecocriticism, and a member of International Advisory Board of Contemporary Aesthetics. His fields of research include the history of Chinese aesthetics, environmental aesthetics, ecological aesthetics and somaesthetics. His recent essays on these areas appeared in several international journals including ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment) and Int. J. Society Systems Science. He published several books including The Aesthetics of Triangle of Literary Heart: The Modern Transformation of Ancient Chinese Theory of Literary Heart (2002), A Study of Ancient Chinese Narrative Poetry (2002), A Modern Perspective on the Core Questions in Aesthetics of Literature and Arts (2003), A Study of Environmental Aesthetics in China (2009), A Collection of Interviews with Harvard Professors (2011), An Aesthetics of Creating Life: From Artistic Aesthetics to Ecoaesthetics (2012) and Ecological Aesthetics and Ecological Assessment and Planning (2013). He translated Richard Shusterman’s book Body Consciousness and Arnold Berleant’s Aesthetics and Environment into Chinese and published them in China. He can be reached at sducxz@163.com and chengxzh@sdu.edu.cn.