Levi S. Gibbs

Associate Professor of Asian Societies Cultures and Languages
(603) 646-2065
101B Bartlett Hall
HB 6191
Department(s): 
Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages
Education: 
B.A. Wesleyan University, 2002
M.A. Ohio State University, 2009
Ph.D. Ohio State University, 2013

Selected Publications

BOOK

Song King: Connecting People, Places, and Past in Contemporary China. University of Hawaii Press, 2018. Music and Performing Arts in Asia and the Pacific, 6. [CD Album available here]

EDITED VOLUME

Faces of Tradition in Chinese Performing ArtsIndiana University Press, 2020. Encounters: Explorations in Folklore and Ethnomusicology series. [Published: February 11, 2020]

SPECIAL ISSUE

Faces of Tradition in Chinese Performing Arts. Journal of Folklore Research, Volume 55, Number 1, January–April 2018.

ARTICLES

"Improvised Songs of Praise and Group Sociality in Contemporary Chinese Banquet Culture." International Communication of Chinese Culture 7 (2) (2020): 133-146.

“Going Beyond the Western Pass: Chinese Folk Models of Danger and Abandonment in Songs of Separation.” Modern China 46 (5) (2019): 490-520, doi:10.1177/0097700419874888.

“Faces of Tradition in Chinese Performing Arts.” Journal of Folklore Research 55 (1) (2018): 1–19. doi:10.2979/jfolkrese.55.1.01

“Chinese Singing Contests as Sites of Negotiation Among Individuals and Traditions.” Journal of Folklore Research 55 (1) (2018): 49–75. doi:10.2979/jfolkrese.55.1.03

“‘Forming Partnerships’: Extramarital Songs and the Promotion of China’s 1950 Marriage Law.” The China Quarterly, vol. 233 (2018): 211–229, doi:10.1017/S0305741017001692.

“Culture Paves the Way, Economics Comes to Sing the Opera: Chinese Folk Duets and Global Joint Ventures.” Asian Ethnology 76 (1) (2017): 43-63.

BOOK CHAPTER

“A Semiotics of Song: Fusing Lyrical and Social Narratives in Contemporary China.” In Lijun Zhang and Ziying You, eds. Chinese Folklore Studies Today: Discourse and Practice. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019. pp. 94–117.

ENCYCLOPEDIA ARTICLES

“Folksongs.” In Victor Mair, Mark Bender, Levi Gibbs, Peace Lee, and Fu Haihong, “Folklore and Popular Culture.” Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies. Ed. Tim Wright. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

“Folk Drama and Ritual.” In Victor Mair, Mark Bender, Levi Gibbs, Peace Lee, and Fu Haihong, “Folklore and Popular Culture.” Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies. Ed. Tim Wright. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

BOOK REVIEWS

Nancy Yunhwa Rao, Chinatown Opera Theater in North America, University of Illinois Press, 2017. China Review International (2016) Vol. 23, No. 2: 187–190, doi: 10.1353/cri.2016.0108. 

Ka-ming Wu, Reinventing Chinese Tradition: The Cultural Politics of Late Socialism, University of Illinois Press, 2015. Journal of American Folklore (Summer 2017) Vol. 130, No. 517: 361-363.

Keith Howard, ed. Music as Intangible Cultural Heritage: Policy, Ideology and Practice in the Preservation of East Asian Traditions, Ashgate, 2012. CHIME Journal 20 (2015): 143-146.

Works in progress

Book Monograph: A Region of Rebels: Competing Moral Visions in China's Yellow Earth

Edited Volume: The Power of Song: The Cultural Politics of Singers Around the Globe