CHARLES A. LAUGHLIN is the Ellen Bayard Weedon Chair Professor of Chinese Literature at the University of Virginia. Born in Minneapolis, he received his B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of Minnesota in 1988, and went on to complete a Ph.D. in Chinese Literature at Columbia University in 1996. He taught modern Chinese Literature at Yale University for ten years, and then served as Resident Director of the PKU-Yale Joint Undergraduate Program at Beijing University (2006-2007) and the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing (2007-2009). Laughlin’s first book, Chinese Reportage: The Aesthetics of Historical Experience, was published by Duke University Press in 2002, with a Chinese translation forthcoming. He edited Contested Modernities in Chinese Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), and his latest book The Literature of Leisure and Chinese Modernity was published by University of Hawai‘i Press in April 2008. Laughlin has translated Chinese stories, articles and poems for several collections, and his translations of Ma Lan’s poetry have appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation and Another Kind of Nation: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Ed. Zhang Er and Chen Dong. UK: Talisman House, Publishers, 2007).