Professor of World Literature, life-writing scholar, literature and culture critic
Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Modern Life Writing Studies
2013- Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Modern Life Writing Studies
2011-2017 Distinguished Professor and Director of Center for Life Writing at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Head of the Major Program “Compilation and Research of Overseas Life Writings on Modern Chinese People”
1999-2000 Guest Professor in Department of Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis
1987-1988 Visiting scholar in Department of English at the University of Kansas
1982-2009 Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor successively in Department of Chinese at Nanjing University
1979-1981 MA in World Literature from Nanjing University
1963-1968 An undergraduate in Department of Chinese at Nanjing Normal College
2007-2015 Vice President of China Biographical Literature Society
2011-2014 Chairman of the Specialized Committee for Foreign Literature of Chinese Higher Education Association
1995-2001 Vice President and Secretary of the Specialized Committee for Foreign Literature of Chinese Higher Education Association
The Rock and The Rainbow: Selected Essays on Life Writing by Zhengrun Yang (Ed. Yuan Qi). Guilin: Guangxi Normal University Press, 2016.
A Dictionary for Appreciation of Foreign Biography. (Ed.) Shanghai: Shanghai Dictionary Press, 2009.
Self-Portraits: Studies on China’s Modern Autobiography and Nationality. (Ed.) Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Press, 2009.
A Modern Poetics of Biography. Nanjing: Nanjing University Press, 2009.
Intellectuals by Paul Johnson. (trans.) Nanjing: Jiangsu People’s Press, 1999.
Shelley: A Biography. Taipei: Yeqiang Press, 1999.
A Concise History of Biographical Literature. Nanjing: Jiangsu Education Press, 1994.
Footprints of Humanity. Nanjing: Jiangsu People’s Press, 1992.
“On Shakespeare’s Biography: The Subversion of Traditional Discourse,” Journal of Modern Life Writing Studies 1 (2018): 19-33.
“An Interpretation of ‘Dreams’ in Shakespeare’s Dramas,” Foreign Literature Studies, 6 (2006): 55-62.
“Shakespeare in Face of the Challenge from the Earl of Oxford,” Wenhui Reader’s Weekly, Apr. 19, 2002: 2.
“Subversion and Inhibition of Literature: the Literary Functions and Ideology of New Historicism,” Foreign Literature Review, 3(1994): 20-29.
“The Location and ‘Synchronization’ of Subjects: On the Theoretical Basis of New Historicism,” Theory and Criticism of Literature and Art. 1 (1994): 112-122.
2015 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Biography Study in China
2013 Award for Excellent in News and Publishing by Jiangsu Province, China
1998 Award for Excellent Works in Philosophy and Social Sciences by Ministry of Education, China
1998 Special Allowance Expert by State Council, China
1997 Award for Excellent Works in Philosophy and Social Sciences by Jiangsu Province, China