The Center for East Asian Studies congratulates Department of East Asian Language & Civilization doctoral candidate, Yiren Zheng who was awarded the Franke Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

Each year the Franke Institute for the Humanities awards a limited number of Residential Dissertation Completion Fellowships to doctoral students in the Humanities Division of the University of Chicago. These fellowships include the year's stipend and tuition payments, as well as an additional stipend if degree work is completed by the end of the fellowship year.

The fellow’s principal obligation, above and beyond the dissertation, is to participate in biweekly (sometimes weekly) brown-bag workshops along with the Faculty Residential Fellows.  At each workshop, the group discusses a pre-circulated paper by one of the fellows related to the current Franke project.

Yiren's dissertation entitled, Sounding Off: Unusual Voices and the Problem of Speech in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Literature, examines how several idiosyncratic 17th-century Chinese authors endeavored to explore the extralinguistic aspects of the voice through the portrayals of ventriloquism, whistling, bird speech, and laughter—sounds that escape, resist, or distort speech and language.