Wiebke Denecke

Wiebke Denecke is Professor of East Asian Literatures at MIT. Prior to coming to MIT she held appointments at Barnard College/Columbia University and at Boston University and visiting professor appointments at Dōshisha University (Kyoto) and Korea University (Seoul).

Her research encompasses the literary and intellectual history of premodern China, Japan and Korea, comparative studies of East Asia and the premodern world, world literature, and the politics of cultural heritage and memory. She is the author of The Dynamics of Masters Literature: Early Chinese Thought from Confucius to Han Feizi (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2010), Classical World Literatures: Sino-Japanese and Greco-Roman Comparisons (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), and an editor of The Norton Anthology of World Literature (2012, 2018), The Oxford Handbook of Classical Chinese Literature(New York: Oxford University Press, 2017) and a three-volume literary history of Japan from an East Asian perspective (Nihon “bun”gakushi. A New History of Japanese “Letterature”) (2015-). She is the general editor of The Hsu-Tang Library of Classical Chinese Literature (Oxford University Press).

Paper Title: Why Philosophy Can’t Globalize?! The Promise of Metaphilosophy and the New Comparative Global Humanities (Panel 1, 1B)