Hardy Stewart

Hardy studies premodern Chinese poetry and examination culture. After completing his MA thesis at UC Berkeley on the Tang poet Meng Jiao (751–814), he now asks how poetry travelled to and transformed on the island of Taiwan and surrounding seas from the 17th–20th centuries. His doctoral dissertation, "Conventions of Place: Examination Culture and Ocean Poetics of Qing Taiwan (1684–1895)," considers the influence of island geography and ocean-crossing on the colonization of Taiwan and the related process of literary canon formation.