PROF Anne McLaren

PROF Anne McLaren


  • Chinese literature, popular narratives and oral traditions, folk culture (Chinese traditional popular culture and literature, the history of the book in China, the oral and ritual performances of Chinese women)



  • Anne McLaren is Professor in Chinese Studies, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne. Her main research interest is Chinese popular culture from the late imperial to the contemporary period, with a focus on the oral and ritual traditions of Chinese women, Chinese performance arts, traditional popular fiction, print culture in late imperial China and Intangible Cultural Heritage. She has authored or edited eight books and special journal issues and serves on the board of Asian Ethnology (Nanzan); Nan Nu: Men, Women and Gender in China (Leiden); Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, (ANU); and CHINOPERL(Chinese Oral and Performing Literature, USA). Recent monoraphs: Environmental Preservation and Cultural Heritage in China (2013); Performing Grief: Bridal Laments in Rural China (2008) and a special issue of Asian Ethnology, ‘Interpreting the Sinitic Heritage: Ethnography & Identity in China & S.E.Asia’ (2017). Recent projects have received funding from the Australian Research Council (2009-2012) and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (2012-15). Research collaborations: East China Normal University, Shanghai, as Research Fellow in the Center for Intangible Cultural Heritage; University of Pennsylvania, Comparative Perspectives on Materiality and History of the Book in China and East Asia; University of Ohio, Chinese Theater:Texts and Performance; Academia Sinica Taiwan: Rediscovering Nüshu Women’s Script. Elected as a Fellow of the Academy of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, in 2010.   


Member of

  • Association of Asian Studies (US). Member 1984 -
  • Chinese Studies Association of Australia, member & former Secretary. Member 1983 -
  • Asian Studies Association of Australia, member & former China Councillor. Member 1976 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • DipEd, University of Melbourne 1984
  • PhD, The Australian National University 1983
  • BA, The Australian National University 1977

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2010



Available for supervision

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