Zhenxing Zhao studied at Beijing Normal University where he received dual bachelor degrees in Ancient Chinese history and English. In 2006 he moved from Beijing to Singapore and began his doctoral work in National University of Singapore. His major research interests are the Chinese Lyricism, the rise of Chinese novel, Garden History, the Chinese Landscape Design and digital humanities. His doctoral work has emphasized on two great Chinese novels: Plum in the Golden Vase and Dream of the Red Chamber and discusses: how the lyricism in poetry, which dominated the Chinese literary tradition for three millennia, influences the Chinese novel; how Chinese artists in the early modern period viewed their ancient cultural legacy; how Chinese artists used this legacy to create new artistic works. In SUTD, he teaches courses on the humanities core curriculum, Chinese fiction, Chinese poetry, Chinese Landscape Design and Asian philosophy. Currently, he is working on a special project which aims to establish a relationship between the classical Chinese garden and Chinese novel.
2015 怪诞化了的抒情诗世界:《 金瓶梅》 的 “畸艳” 审美特质=Grotesque Lyrical World: the Qi-yan Aesthetic of the Plum in the Golden Vase (Ph.D. Dissertation, National University of Singapore, 2015).
2009 论清中期优伶品鉴与优伶呈现之意义= Actor Connoisseurship and Representation of Actors in Mid-Qing Dynasty (Master thesis, National University of Singapore, 2009).
Article in Journal
2020 中国古典小説の「越境」:『金瓶梅』、文人小説と西洋漢学=Crossing Borders in Chinese Classical Fiction: “Jinping Mei”, Literati Fiction and Western Chinese Studies,《アジア評論》vol 2, pp. 123-137.
2019 考掘/建构景观学的东方故事：评萧驰《诗与它的山河》及其理论贡献=Constructing the Eastern Story of Landscape Studies: A Review of Xiao Chi’s “Poetry and Its Mountains and Rivers” and Its Theoretical Contributions，《图书馆杂志》, vol. 20, pp. 118-123.
2017 以诗传情的有情世界: 抒情传统与元明传奇小说的兴起=“A World with Feeling: the Chinese Lyrical Tradition and Rise of Yuan-Ming Chuan-qi Romance”，《明清小说研究》, vol. 1, pp. 161-179.
Paper in Books
2009 “Re-reading Precious Mirror of Love: Homoerotic Desire in the Dream of Red Chamber ” in Wong Sin Kiong and Quah Sy Ren, eds. Cross-disciplinary Dialogue and Collision: Collected Essays of Chinese Studies Graduate Students of NUS and NTU. Singapore: Youth Books.
2015 “Grotesque Lyrical World: Reappraisal of Plum in the Golden Vase in the history of Chinese novel from the perspective of Inter-texuality”. Paper presented at Biannual Conference of the Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature. Fudan University, Shanghai. June 18-20, 2015.
2011 “Landscape Narrative : Garden and its Significance in Jin Ping Mei ” paper presented at International Postgraduate Symposium on Chinese Studies in Asia. Institute of Chinese Studies, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Nov.19-20, 2011.
2022（英译中）特里·伊格尔顿，《英国现代长篇小说导论》= Translation into Chinese of Terry Eagleton, The English Novel: An Introduction. 上海：上海人民出版社，即刊。