Stephen Field came to Trinity from the College of William & Mary in 1990 to found the Chinese program. Subsequently, in 1995, Trinity became the second of only two universities in Texas to boast a major in Chinese.
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin
The Duke of Zhou Changes: A Study and Annotated Translation of the Zhou Yi 周易
(Wiesbaden, FRG: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015).
Ancient Chinese Divination (University of Hawaii Press, 2009)
Tian Wen: A Chinese Book of Origins (New York: New Directions, 1986).
A native of Texas, Professor Field's interest in Chinese was inspired by his reading of the Beat poets in high school. Gary Snyder's descriptions of the Pacific Northwest, painted in the style of the medieval Chinese landscape poets, inspired him to study the literature and philosophy of China. His dissertation was a study of the "field and garden" poets, a branch of nature poetry akin to pastoral in the West.
Modern Standard Chinese
Being Young in Asia (FYE)
The Folk Ecology of Fengshui
Community service & Involvement
As a member of Trinity's NCTA faculty (National Consortium on Teaching about Asia), Professor Field leads annual seminars for San Antonio area middle and high school teachers on the subject of ancient Chinese thought.