Professor Anthony C. Yu and Chinese Studies at the University of Chicago
A presentation by Edward L. Shaughnessy, Ph.D., Lorraine J. and Herrlee G. Creel Distinguished Service Professor in Early Chinese Studies at the University of Chicago
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UChicago Professor Anthony C. Yu, Phd'69, a scholar of religion and literature best known for his landmark translation of the Chinese epic The Journey to the West, passed away on May 12 after a brief illness. He was 76.
On March 12 evening in Hong Kong, we are honored to have Professor Shaughnessy, a great friend of Professor Yu and an internationally renowned scholar in Early Chinese studies to share Professor Yu's life, research and final public lecture.
Professor Yu, the Carl Darling Buck Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Humanities and the Divinity School, introduced a comparative approach to the study of religion and literature that drew on both Eastern and Western traditions. Over his distinguished career, he made contributions on figures as wide-ranging as Aeschylus, Dante, Milton, and William Faulkner. His work engages Chinese religions as well as classic texts of Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism.
“Professor Anthony C. Yu was an outstanding scholar, whose work was marked by uncommon erudition, range of reference and interpretive sophistication. He embodied the highest virtues of the University of Chicago, his alma mater and his academic home as a professor for 46 years, with an appointment spanning five departments of the University. Tony was also a person of inimitable elegance, dignity, passion and the highest standards for everything he did,” said Margaret M. Mitchell, the Shailer Mathews Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature and dean of the Divinity School.
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