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RAINIER LANSELLE 藍碁 — Curriculum Vitae & Publications

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Professor (Directeur d’études) at EPHE

Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes - PSL

IVth Section, Historical and Philological Sciences

Chair " History and philology of classical China "


Les Patios Saint Jacques

4-14 rue Ferrus

75014 Paris - FRANCE

Research Member, CRCAO (Center for Research on East Asian Civilizations), Former Vice-Director (2014-2018) and Director (2017-2018)

Centre de Recherche sur les Civilisations de l’Asie Orientale

CRCAO - UMR 8155

C/o Instituts d’Extrême-Orient

Collège de France

52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine

75005 Paris - FRANCE


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Executive summary

Research topics

  • Literature of fiction from Yuan to Qing (13th-18th c.): theater, short story, novel 
  • Expression of subjectivity in fictional literature of the Yuan to Qing periods 
  • Language and speech in literature of fiction and literary criticism of premodern China
  • Psychoanalysis and impact of China's transition to modernity on subjectivity
  • Language, translation and translation studies
  • Intralingual translation, diglossia, rewriting, commentary
  • Representation of suicide in premodern China
  • Drama and the writing of history

Main directions

  • My research focuses on the history and problematics of classical Chinese literature, specifically narrative literature and literature of fiction of the late classical to premodern periods  (Yuan, Ming and early Qing, 13th to 18th centuries), in vernacular classical Chinese (novel, short story, theater, novella collections, lyrical and narrative poetry). In this area, I have done scholarly work, such as inventories of narrative sources (on huaben short stories, ca. 17th century), or bibliographical research on rare editions (in Japan and France ). The analysis of sources and rewriting processes in the context of Chinese diglossia between literary sinitic and vernacular language is one of my main interests.
  • I have published scholarly translations of vernacular stories, theater, and poetry. Among these translations: Jingu qiguan (ca. 1640); The Story of the Western Wing, ca. 1300); the "Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)" part of the Anthology of Chinese poetry (Anthologie de la poésie chinoise), Bibliothèque de la Pléiade. I am currently preparing an annotated translation of the chuanqi by Kong Shangren (1648-1718), The Peach Blossom Fan (Taohua shan).
  • One of my areas of research is related to the exploration of forms of expression of subjectivity, e.g., in love stories, or more generally through the process by which a given theme shows variations depending on the genre in which it is vectorized (wether in classical or in vernacular Chinese; in verse or in prose; according to different genres, such as short story, novel or drama). I make use of analytical tools derived from psychoanalysis (e.g., in the relationship between subjectivity and language) and from translation studies. The concept of intralingual translation is of particular importance to me, in order to analyze rewriting mechanisms between different states of the Chinese language or between various genres.
  • I am also interested in issues of interlingual translation, in regard with issues of translation of modern concepts into Chinese, as well as cross-cultural issues, particularly in connection with the topic of subjectivity. I have worked on issues related to the impact of the Chinese transition to Westernized modernity on the subjectivity, especially around the writings of the contemporary trend of the "native psychology" (Bentu xinlixue 本土 心理學).
  • While assuming the management of a major research center, I have been doing research in recent years as part of my teaching at the Ecole pratique des hautes études in Paris. During the academic years 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, weekly lecture has been devoted to suicide and its imaginary representations in pre-modern China (Song-Yuan-Ming-Qing periods). In particular, I have explored the reinterpretation of narrative themes through rewriting, intralingual translation, and genre-hopping (e.g., from classical stories to huaben-type vernacular stories, from vernacular literature to drama…).
  • From the academic year 2018-2019 on, my weekly conference will be devoted to the rewriting of history as drama and novel. The first part of this new series is centred on contemporary history as theatre play: this research and teaching focuses on Kong Shangren's The Peach Flower Fan (Taohua shan) (1648-1718).
  • Currently, my two main projects are:
    • Collective project
    • Individual project
      • The preparation of a monograph on the imaginary representation of suicide in premodern China (13th to 18thcenturies). By exploring certain themes or recurring sequences related to suicide, I focus on the analysis of the representations and discourse on suicide as major literary theme of the late classical/premodern periods. This research is related to my weekly conference at EPHE-PSL during the academic years 2015 to 2018.

Current Teaching (2018-2019)

Weekly conference at EPHE-PSL, chair “History and philology of classical China”

For my complete résumé of research, professional, and collective activities, outside publications, click here. (In French)


Journal articles2 documents

  • Rainier Lanselle. Les limites de la métaphore architecturale: Les limites de la métaphore architecturale. D’Architectures, 2008, février 2008 (170), pp.50-51. ⟨hal-01394341⟩
  • Rainier Lanselle, Roberto Cincotta. Quale posto per l’analista nella modernità cinese?. Psiche Rivista di cultura psicoanalitica, Il Mulino, 2008, XVI (1, « Geografie della psicoanalisi », Milan, Il Saggiatore), pp.103-116. ⟨hal-01398656⟩

Book sections1 document

  • Rainier Lanselle. Le sujet mutique et la métaphore de la pierre. Cécile Sakai; Daniel Struve. Regards sur la métaphore, entre Orient et Occident, Picquier, pp.83-106, 2008. ⟨hal-01398633⟩

Conference papers5 documents

  • Rainier Lanselle. Les Chinois ont-il méconnu le tragique ?. Intervention au séminaire « La psychanalyse et le mal », Le Cercle freudien, Nov 2008, Paris, France. ⟨hal-01389973⟩
  • Rainier Lanselle. Präsenz und Ausstreichung: Einige Züge der chinesischen Schrift. Workshop Was gehen die chinesischen Zeichen die Psychoanalyse an? (Qu’apprend l’écriture chinoise à la psychanalyse ?), Lacan Seminar Zürich, Sep 2008, Zürich, Switzerland. ⟨hal-01389976⟩
  • Rainier Lanselle. 中国镜子中的拉康 Lacan in a Chinese Mirror. World Congress for Psychotherapy 2008 (WCP2008)《第五届世界心理治疗大会》, Department of Psychology, Beijing University; China Association for Mental Health; Chinese Psychological Society, Oct 2008, Beijing, China. ⟨hal-01389200⟩
  • Rainier Lanselle. Prendre la parole : Le théâtre du Bord de l’eau. Autour du Dit des Heike : narration épique et théâtralité, Université Paris Diderot & INALCO, Jun 2008, Paris, France. pp.173‑205. ⟨hal-01389213⟩
  • Rainier Lanselle. Analysants de la diaspora chinoise de Paris – Résultats, remarques. Workshop “Discussions on Lacan’s Psychoanalytical Theories”《精神分析拉康理论演讲》, Beijing University, Institute of Mental Health, Hospital N°6 北京大学第六医院精神卫生研究所, Oct 2008, Beijing, China. ⟨hal-01389205⟩

Other publications2 documents