Grace S. Fong

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Professor of pre-twentieth-century Chinese literature and scholar and translator of classical Chinese poetry, Grace Fong is interested in exploring the potential of developments in digital humanities for new modes of critical inquiry in the domain of literary studies. She is Director of the Ming Qing Women’s Writings digital archive and database ( | Launched by McGill University Library in 2005, the website provides digitized images and searchable data of Ming and Qing women’s literary collections and anthologies from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries freely available online for research. The project began as a collaboration with the Harvard-Yenching Library and currently continues with the National Library of China and other Chinese university libraries with support from the Henry Luce Foundation. Fong’s concurrent SSHRC-funded project focuses on building system interoperability between the China Biographical Database at Harvard and the Ming Qing Women’s Writings database. The collaboration aims to enhance historical research by producing biographical data for women writers. Fong’s recent publications include her book Herself an Author: Gender, Agency, and Writing in Late Imperial China (2008) and the co-edited volume The Inner Quarters and Beyond: Women Writers from Ming through Qing (2010). She is also working on a book manuscript on the intersection of genre and life writing in the literary collections of women writers in Late Imperial China from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.