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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

East Asian Studies
Teaching Associate in Classical and Literary Chinese
Email address: 
+44 (0)1223 765071
Director of Studies at: 
Gonville & Caius College

I have particularly sustained and extensive experience in teaching Classical and Literary Chinese, having taught at both Oxford and Manchester. In all my teaching, I place a strong emphasis on text-based instruction and on encouraging students to view Classical Chinese not simply as an ossified language of the elite, but rather as a working language which has been used by peoples across East Asia for centuries and that continues to shape the cultures and languages of the region today.

Teaching responsibilities: 

Dr Winslett is responsible for teaching Classical and Literary Chinese and contributing to classes and lectures with a focus on premodern China.

Research interests: 

My research is concerned with the extrahuman and supernatural in texts from the premodern period. My work has ranged from Warring States manuscripts to Qing dynasty biji, but I have a particular interest in material from the Early Imperial period (221 BCE-10TH C CE).

Currently, I am converting my thesis into a monograph titled Understanding the Gods: The representation of the extrahuman in Early China which is a comprehensive survey of extrahuman agents in early Chinese materials. Additionally, I am contributing to a book project with several other colleagues titled Concepts of Divinity: High Gods in Pre-Qin China that explores issues of divinity and religiosity in texts from the Classical Period. This project is part of the larger ‘Is Religion Natural? The Chinese Challenge’-project.

Upon completion of these, I will be engaging in a second book-length project that will explore space and time in connection to the supernatural- monsters, demons, gods- in the tales of the Taiping guangji 太平廣記.

I have a secondary interest in Manchu and Mongolian and the Mongol and Qing Empires, particularly how these texts construct their own notions of Empire and the World.

Articles, Book Chapters etc

Speaking of Gods: The Intellectual History of the Extrahuman in Early Chinese Texts Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies, Vol. 5 pp. 38-77 (2018)
The Representation and Understanding of the High Deities in Pre-Qin Texts Justin Barret (ed.) & Ryan Hornbeck (ed.) The China Conundrum (2018)
Deities and the Extrahuman in Pre-Qin China: Lesser Deities in the Zuozhuan and the Guoyu Journal of the American Academy of Religion 82:4 pp. 938-969 (2014)
The Evolutionary Psychology of Chinese Religion: Pre-Qin High Gods as Punishers and Rewarders 
Journal of the American Academy of Religion 79:4 pp. 938–969 (2011)