Anthony C. Yu's interests center on the comparative study of both literary and religious traditions. The themes and topoi of Greek religions and Christian theology have informed his essays on epics (Classical and Renaissance) and tragic dramas of the West. Similarly, he has sought to re-interpret classical Chinese narratives and poetry in the light of Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism. Specific comparisons of Chinese and Western texts focus on allegory, literary and religious histories, issues of critical theory, and philosophies of language.
Best known for his four-volume translation of The Journey to the West, he has just finished Re-reading the Stone: Desire and the Making of Fiction in Dream of the Red Chamber.