Faculty and Staff


I Lo-fen (Associate Professor)


I, Lo Fen


Associate Professor(with tenure)








14 Nanyang Drive, HSS 03-03, NTU.
Singapore 637332


(65) 6790-6303


(65) 6795-6525


Ph.D., 1995 Department of Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University, Taiwan ​
M.A., 1990 Department of Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
B.A., 1987 Department of Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Summary of Working/
Research Experience

2006 - present
Associate Professor (with tenure), Division of Chinese, NTU
Invited Research Fellows, Centre for Chinese Language and Culture, NTU

2014 - 2016
Head, Division of Chinese, NTU

2001 - 2006
Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

1996 - 2001
Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Associate Professor, Department of Chinese Literature, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Overseas Invited
Visiting Positions

Stanford University, USA (April-June, 2018)
Beijing University, China (2014)
Institute of Oriental Culture, Tokyo University, Japan (Nov.- Dec. 2013)
The East Asian Institute, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea (May 2013 - Jan. 2014)
National Nara Women’s University, Japan (2010)
Nanjing University, China (2010)
Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University, Japan (2004)
The East Asian Institute, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea (September 2002-August 2003)
Institute of Oriental Culture, Tokyo University, Japan (2001)

Research Interests

Chinese Poetry and Visual Art
Chinese Literary Works on Paintings
Su Shi Studies
Interchange of East-Asian Culture and Literature in Classical Chinese
Asian Visual Culture and Esthetics

Research Awards

Singapore National Art Council Publication, 2015
Excellent Book of National Museum of Taiwan Literature, 2015
Academia Sinica Research Award for Junior Research Investigators, Taiwan, 2004.
Award of Wu Da-You Foundation, National Science Council, Ministry of Education, Taiwan, 2004.
Excellent Academic Work Award of Sichuan Provincial Government, China, 2003.
Award of Research, National Science Council, Executive Yuan, Taiwan (1996-1999).

Courses Offered

​Undergraduate Courses

  • HC2004 Literature of Yuan, Ming and Qing 
  • HC2010 Classical Chinese Fiction 
  • HC2011 Tang Poetry 
  • HC3011 Studies of Selected Poets 
  • HC4015 Special Topics in Classical Chinese Literature (in Mandarin) 
  • HC4019 Chinese Literary Canon and Images of Art

Graduate Courses

  • HC7012 Research and Methodology
  • HC7015 Study of Text and Image and East Cultural Interaction​



  • 9 Single author academic books
  • 2 Co-authored academic monographs
  • 1 Single edited academic book
  • 2 Co-edited academic book
  • 1 Edited creative literary book
  • 14 Single author creative literary books
  • 103 Articles in academic journals
  • 31 Book chapters
  • 106 International conference papers (-August 2018)

Academic Books

  1. I Lo-fen, The Art of Su Shi's Calligraphy. Shanghai, Shanghai Classics Publishing House, 2018.

  2. I Lo-fen, Cui Feng eds., Han Suyin Centennial Memorial Collection. Singapore, Global Publishing, 2017.

  3. I Lo-fen, Gorgeous Nanyang: Arts, Advertisements, Crossover Singapore. Singapore, Global Publishing, 2016 (Selected One of the Best Books by Lainhe Zaobao, 2016)

  4. I Lo-fen ed., Learning and Reflection: Sinologists Interview. Singapore, Global Publishing, 2015

  5. I Lo-fen, Of Cloud Shadows and Celestial Light: Poems and Paintings of the Landscape of Xiao Xiang. Taipei, Li Ren Publishing Co., 2013

  6. I Lo-fen, Exploration of Art. Shanghai, East China Normal University Press, 2012

  7. I Lo-fen, Intextuality and Citationality in Chinese Literature and Art. Taipei, Li Ren Publishing Co., 2011 (Selected One of the Best Ten Books of literature and Image Studies in the World by Nanjing University)

  8. I Lo-fen, The Poetry, Paintings and Calligraphy of Zhen Bangqiao. Taipei, Hua Mu Lan Publishing Co., 2009

  9. I Lo-fen, Observation, Description, Appreciation: Studies of Tang-Song Writings on Painting. Taipei, Academia Sinica, Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, 2004

  10. I Lo-fen, Wandering under the Red Cliffs and Elegant Gathering in the Western Garden: Studies on Su Shi. Beijing, Xian Zhuang Publishers, 2001

  11. I Lo-fen, Ceng Zaozhuang, A History of Su Shi Studies. Nanjing, Jiangsu Jiaoyu Publishing, 2001 (Excellent Academic Work Award of Sichuan Provincial Government, 2003)

  12. I Lo-fen and Liu Yuan-Ju eds., Historical Transitions and Creativity: Literature and Art in the Han-Tang and Tang-Song Transitions. Taipei, Academia Sinica, Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy Preparatory Office, 2000

  13. I Lo-fen, Su Shi’s Literary Works on Paintings. Taipei, Wenjin Publishing Co., 1999

Selected Refereed Papers (anonymous peer-reviewed journals and book chapters)

  1. I Lo-fen, “The East Asian Cultural Image: A Study on Eight Views of Xiao Xiang”, In Qian Nanxiu, Richard J. Smith, Zhang Bowei eds, Rethinking the Sinosphere: Ideology, Morality, Aesthetics and Identity Formation, New York, Cambria Press, 2018(forthcoming)

  2. I Lo-fen, "Text and Image Studies: The New Methodology of Academic Research", Contemporary Literary Criticism, 2018(4), pp. 118-124.

  3. I Lo-fen, "Text and Image Studies: The New Vision of East Asian Classics Studies", Daedong Munhwa Yeongu, 102, pp.9-40, June 2018. (in Korean)

  4. I Lo-fen, "A Study of Su Shi's Calligraphy Scroll Containing 'Rhapsody on Dongting Spring Colors Wine' and 'Rhapsody on Pine Wine of Zhongshan'”, Song Dynasty Literature and Culture (Duke University Press), Volume 4, Issue 2, pp. 279-305, November 2017. (Translated by Ronald Egan)

  5. I Lo-fen, Zhu Xi’s “Wuyi Boating Song” and a Comparison of Rhyme-Matching Poems by Korean and Chinese Literati, Yon Min Hak Chi, 28, pp. 345-363, August 2017. (in Korean)

  6. I Lo-fen, “The inscription on the portrait of Bai Juyi by Wuxue Zhuyuan (Mugaku Sogen): A Case Study of Text and Image Studies". Studies of Bai Juyi,17, pp. 96-124, Dec., 2016. (Translated by Morioka Yukari) (In Japanese)

  7. I Lo-fen, “Interchange of East-Asian Culture and Literature in Classical Chinese: A study of Huang Hua Ji”, Journal of Overseas Chinese Classics, 14, pp.283-296, November 2016

  8. I Lo-fen, “Time, Material and Memories: The Cultural Scape of “Shou Su Hui” (Gathering for Su Shih’s Birthday Remembrance) in Qing Dynasty". Yangtze River Academic, 2016(4), pp. 57-69, Oct., 2016.

  9. I Lo-fen, “A New Exploration on Qing Palace’s Collection of Ming Dynasty Artist Wang Fu’s Painting- “The Eight Views of Beijing”. Journal of Gugong Studies,16, pp. 283-296, July 2016.

  10. I Lo-fen, “Newspaper Advertising of Tiger Brand’s Yong An Tang (Eng Aun Tong) Medicinal Products in the 1920s to 1930s in East Asia". In Shengqing WU ed., Traveling Image and Text in Modern China. Shanghai, Fudan University Press, pp.254-276, 2016

  11. I Lo-fen, “Remembrance through Painting: Paintings in Commemoration of Joseon Envoys from15th-19th Century”. The National Palace Museum Research Quarterly, Vol.33, No.2, pp.51-82, 2015 Winter edition

  12. I Lo-fen, “Su Shih’s Calligraphy ‘Tian Ji Wu Yun Tie’ Collected by Ong Fanggang and it’s Influence in 19th Century Korea ” Journal of Overseas Chinese Classics, 11, pp.344-367, Oct. 2015

  13. I Lo-fen, “The Interpretation of Su-shi’s ‘Dark Clouds on Sky’s Edge’”, Literary Review, 4, pp.211-220, Aug., 2015

  14. I Lo-fen, “Wandering and Pursuing: Zhu Xi’s Wuyi Boating Song and Follow Writings in Joseon Dynasty Korea”.(Hong Kong) Journal of Chinese Studies, 60, pp. 53-71, Jan. 2015

  15. I Lo-fen, “Culture Images of the ‘Wuyi Nine Gorges’ in Ancient Korea: A Study on Printing and Publishing” In Shi Shouqian, Liao Chao-Hen eds. Shaping the Culture Images of East Asia: Viewing, Media, Agents, Taipei, Asian Culture Publishing, pp.351-388, June. 2015

  16. I Lo-fen, “Drifting to Peng Hu: Li BangYi’s Unexpected Trip and Related Writings. In Peng XiaoYan ed.. Translation and Transcultural Movement: Knowledge Construction and the Transmission of Texts and Literary Style. Taipei, Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, pp.401-434, 2015

  17. I Lo-fen, “The Eight Views of Xiao Xiang: East Asian Cultural Image” , Journal of the History of Ideas in East Asia, 6, pp.35-55, June 2014

  18. I Lo-fen, “A Study of the Weng Fanggang Collection of the Shi Gu Zhu Dongpo Shi”, Tsing Hua Journal of Chinese Literature, 11, pp.57-102, June 2014

  19. I Lo-fen,” Study of the Eight Views of Xiao Xiang: East Asian Cultural Image”, Korean Literature and Art,13, pp.5-25, March 2014(In Korean)

  20. I Lo-fen, “Calligraphy and Paintings on Lan Ting Xu in Ancient Korea”. In Palace Museum ed., Collected Essays on the International Conference on Lan Ting Xu, Beijing, Palace Museum, pp. 36-48, Dec., 2014

  21. I Lo-fen, “‘Dongpo Ti’: Games and Competition of Diplomatic Interaction between China Ming and Chosun via Poetry and Prose”, Yon Min Hak Chi, 20, pp. 143-214, Aug. 2013 (in Korean)

  22. I Lo-fen, “ A Study of Yu Jian’s Eight Views of Xiao Xiang Paintings and Poems” , Kokka, 1412, pp. 1-16, June 2013. (Translated by Tanaka Den)(In Japanese)

  23. I Lo-fen, “The Canonization of Bai Juyi’s ‘Song of Everlasting Sorrow’ and Related Illustrations of the Poem in East Asia”. In Xin Ning, Dietrich Tschanz, Ching-I Tu eds., Chinese Classics and Traditional Thought: Origin, Development, and Dialogue. Confucius Institute at Rutgers University, U.S.A. pp. 225-323, 2012.

  24. I Lo-fen, “ The ‘Emperor Hsüan-tsung’s Flight to Shu’ Painting (National Palace Museum Taipei) and Bai JuYi’s poem ‘A Song of Everlasting Regret’(Chang Hen Ge)”, Journal of Sun Yatsen University (Social Science Edition), 2011(6), pp. 40-46, Nov. 2011

  25. I Lo-fen, “The ‘Filial Daughter’ in Poems of Chinese and Korean from 15th to 17th Century”. In Shih Shou-Chien, Liao Zhao-heng eds., Shaping the Cultural Images of East Asia. Taipei, Asian Culture Co., pp. 507-537, 2011

  26. I Lo-fen, “The ‘Reject Female Musician’ Poems by Embassies of Ming Dynasty and the Influence in Korea”, Journal of Oversea Chinese Classics, 6, pp. 91-113, May 2010

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