|Suzanne Cahill, Ph.D.|
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Department of History
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0104
La Jolla, California, 92093-0104
phone (858) 534-8105
office Humanities and Social Science (HSS) 3040
Suzanne Cahill received her BA from UC Berkeley in Chinese Art History
in 1968, her MA from UC Berkeley in Chinese Literature (Tang Dynasty Poetry) in
1976, and her PhD in Chinese Literature (Tang Daoist scriptures) from
UC Berkeley in 1982. Important interruptions include a year at Taiwan Normal
University's Mandarin Training Center (1968-69), a year in Buddhist
Studies at the University of Wisconsin (1969-70), a term in the Peace
Corps, Afghanistan (1970-71), and two years at Beijing University
(1980-82). She is a Tang dynasty (618-907) specialist, and has
published books and articles on history, religion, literature, gender
studies, and material culture.
- Transcendence and Divine
Passion: The Queen Mother of the West in
Medieval China, Stanford, 1993.
- Divine Traces of the Daoist
Sisterhood, Three Pines, 2006.
- The Lloyd Cotsen Study
Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors, I Cotsen Occasional
Press, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, 2009.
- Warriors, Tombs, and Temples:
China's Enduring Legacy, Santa Ana, Bowers Museum, 2011.
- "The Real Judge Dee," Phi
Theta Papers, 14, 1974, 1-119.
- "The Heavenly Text Affair: Taoism at the Sung Court," Bulletin of
Sung and Yuan Studies, 16, 1981, 23-44.
- "Sex and the Supernatural in Medieval China: Cantos on the
Transcendent Who Presides Over the River," Journal of the American
Oriental Society, 105.2, 1985, 197-220.
- "The Word Made Bronze: A Study of the Inscriptions on Medieval
Chinese Bronze Mirrors," Archives of
Asian Art, 39, 1986, 62-70.
- "Night-Shining White: A T'ang Dynasty Horse in Two Media," T'ang
Studies, 4, 1986, 91-94.
- "Reflections, Disputes, and Warnings: Three Medieval Chinese
Poems about the Eight Horses of King Mu," T'ang Studies, 5, 1987, 87-94.
- "Practice Makes Perfect," Taoist
Resources, 2.2, 1990, 23-42.
- "Sublimation in Medieval China: The Case of the Mysterious Woman
of the Nine Heavens," Journal of
Chinese Religions, 20, 91-102.
- "Marriages Made in Heaven," T'ang
Studies, 10-11, 1992-1993,
- "Po Ya Plays the Zither: Two Types of Chinese Bronze Mirror in
the Donald H. Graham Jr. Collection," in Bronze Mirrors from Ancient
China: the Donald H. Graham Jr. Collection, Hong Kong,
- "Images of Transcendence and Divine Communion: The Queen Mother
of the West in Chinese Pictorial Art," in How Fortunate the Eyes that
See: Festschrift Dedicated to David Noel Freedman, Ann Arbor,
University of Michigan, 1995.
- "Discipline and Change in the Lives of Taoist Holy Women of the
T'ang Dynasty (in Japanese)," in Yamada
Toshiaki, ed., Dokyo no rekishi
to bunka (The History and Culture of Taoist Religion), Tokyo,
kaku, 1998, 229-256.
- "Smell Good and Get a Job: How Daoist Women Saints were Verified
and Legitimated during the Tang Dynasty," in Shirley Mou, ed., Presence
and Presentation: Women in the Chinese Literati Tradition, New
St. Martin's, 1999, 171-186.
- "'Our Women are Acting Like Foreigners' Wives!': Western
Influences on Tang Dynasty Women's Fashion," in Valerie Steele and John
Major, eds., China Chic: East Meets West, New Haven, Yale, 1999,
- "Pien Tung-hsuan: A Taoist Woman Saint of the T'ang Dynasty," in Arvind Sharma, ed., Women Saints in World
Religions, Albany, SUNY,
- "The Goddess, The Emperor, and the Adept: The Queen Mother of the
West as Bestower of Legitimacy and Immortality," in Elizabeth Bernard
and Beverly Moon, eds., Goddesses Who Rule, Oxford, Oxford
Press, 2000, 196-214.
- "Biography of the Daoist Saint, Wang Fengxian by Du Guangting
(850-933)," in Susan Mann and Yu-yin
Cheng eds., Under Confucian Eyes:
Writings on Gender in Chinese History, Berkeley, University of
California Press, 2001, 16-28.
- "Material Culture and the Dao: Textiles, Boats, and Zithers in
the Poetry of Yu Xuanji (844-868)," in Livia Kohn and Hal Roth, eds.,
Daoist Identity: History, Lineage, and Ritual, Honolulu,
Hawaii, 2002, 102-126.
- "Resenting the Silk Robes that Hide their Poems: Female Voices in
the Poems of Tang Dynasty Daoist Nuns," in Zheng Xiaotong, Gao Shilun,
and Rong Xinjiang, eds., Tang Song nuxing yu shehui (Women and Society
During the Tang and Song Dynasties), Shanghai, Zishu
volume 2, 519-566.
- "Discipline and Transformation: Body and Practice in the Lives of
Daoist Holy Women of Tang China," in Dorothy
Ko, JaHyun Kim Haboush,
and Joan R. Piggott, Women and Confucian Cultures in Premodern China,
Korea, and Japan, Berkeley, University of California, 2003,
- "The Moon Stopping in the Void: Daoism and the Literati Ideal in
Mirrors of the Tang Dynasty (618-907)," Bulletin of the Cleveland
Museum of Art, (Claudia Brown, ed., special volume on First
International Conference on Chinese Mirrors), 2007.
- "A Comparison of Designs on Bronze Mirrors and Silk Textiles from
the Warring States through the Tang Periods (450 BCE -- 907 CE)"in The
Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors, II
Occasional Press, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, 2011).
Suzanne Cahill's current long-term
project is a study of material culture, specifically vehicles and
clothing, during the Tang dynasty, starting with the monographs on
vehicles and clothing in the two official Tang histories, and moving on
to consider material remains and other texts.
- HILD 10. East Asia: The Great Tradition
- HIEA 119/SOC 162 (Religion and Popular Culture in China and
- HIEA 120. Classical Chinese Philosophy and Culture
- HIEA 121 (Medieval Chinese History)
- HIEA 126. The Silk Road in Chinese and Japanese History
- HIEA 128. History of Material Culture in China
- HIEA 135. History of Thought and Religion in China: Buddhism
- HIEA 136. History of Thought and Religion in China: Daoism
- HIEA 137. Women and the Family in Chinese History
- HIEA 162/262. History of Women in China
- HIEA 165/265. Topics in Medieval Chinese History
- HIGR 217 A-B Historical Scholarship on Premodern Chinese History
- Making of the Modern World II (Ancient China, Greece, Israel, and