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Overview

  • My areas of specialization include modern and contemporary Chinese literature and culture, film studies, and critical theory. My current research focuses on the issue of biopolitics in modern Chinese culture. Drawing upon the interpretative frameworks of biopolitics and correlative thinking, I explore the dynamic space between biological life and cultural production that is presented in a broad range of modern and contemporary Chinese literature, film and art.

    Based on my dissertation research, I am completing a book manuscript, “The Trans-formation of Life: Lu Xun and Modern Chinese Biopolitics,” which investigates a biopolitical mode of modernity through the study of Lu Xun (1881-1936), the most prominent cultural figure of modern China. Meanwhile, I have also started a new project that explores the biopolitical configuration of everyday life in contemporary China.

    I have taught a wide variety of courses, ranging from modern and contemporary Chinese literature and film, to literary theory and biopolitical discourse, to Chinese language at different levels.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2016 The “Symbol of Angst” and the Poetics of Remembrance: Lu Xun and Chinese Literary ModernityModern Chinese Literature and Culture.  28:139-182. 2016
    2012 'Literal Translation' and the Materiality of Language: Lu Xun as a CaseFrontiers of Literary Studies in China.  6:393-409. 2012

    Teaching Activities

  • Intermediate Chinese I Taught course 2018
  • Intro to Chinese Culture Taught course 2018
  • Elementary Chinese II Taught course 2018
  • What does it Mean to be Modern Taught course 2018
  • Elementary Chinese I Taught course 2017
  • Intro to Chinese Culture Taught course 2017
  • Chinese Lit in Translation Taught course 2017
  • Elementary Chinese II Taught course 2017
  • Advanced Chinese I Taught course 2016
  • Elementary Chinese I Taught course 2016
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Law, Renmin University of China
  • M.A. Modern Chinese Literature, Peking University
  • Ph.D. East Asian Studies, New York University
  • Full Name

  • Wenjin Cui