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Regina Llamas


Regina Llamas



Regina Llamas holds a BA from Beijing University, an MA in Regional Studies East Asia (Harvard University), and a PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures (Harvard University). Her earlier work, both in English and Spanish, focused on southern Chinese drama, dramatic historiography, modern ethnography and dramatic performance, and the later Qing commentarial dramatic tradition. She is currently working on a monograph on the historiography of Chinese drama and how the discipline was formed. She is also co-editing a book together with Patricia Sieber (Ohio State University) entitled How to Read Chinese Drama, and has submitted for publication a monograph on Top Graduate Zhang Xie with a complete translation. She is also the author of El licenciado número uno Zhang Xie, in Spanish, as well as a number of papers on subjects related to the above interests.

She is interested in Chinese History, Chinese Literature and the Chinese History of Entertainment, and teaches courses on these subjects.

Latest publications

How to Read Chinese Drama: A Guided Anthology. Co-edited with Patricia Sieber, OSU. Columbia University Press, 2022.

“Introduction.” In How To Read Chinese Drama. Co-written with Patricia Sieber, OSU. Columbia University Press, 2022.

“Top Graduate and The Lute: Scholar, Family and State.” In How To Read Chinese Drama. Columbia University Press, 2022.

Top Graduate Zhang Xie: The Earliest Extant Chinese Southern Play. Columbia University Press, 2022.

“Chinese Language and Ming and Qing Plays.” In Routledge Handbook on Applied Chinese Linguistics. London: Routledge, 2018.

“Xu Wei’s A Record of Southern Drama: The Idea of a Theater in Seventeenth Century China.” In 1616 in China and England. Tian Yuan Tan, Paul Edmonson and Shi-pe Wang eds. Bloomsbury Press, 2016.