On the Study of Literature in China Today
A Colloquium with Scholars from Shanghai-area Universities
Monday, October 20, 20083:00 PM - 5:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
The colloquium will be conducted in Chinese
严锋 （复旦大学） 新世纪中国科幻小说的发展与文学转型
Chen Xiaolan is an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature in College of Liberal Arts at Shanghai University and holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Fudan University. She teaches comparative literature theory, the relationship between Chinese and Western literature and culture, Western literary history and women's literature. She is interested in comparative studies of Chinese and Western urban literature and culture, and the relationship between modern Chinese literature and Western literature, and gender and literature. Professor Chen has organized three programs: 1) Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western urban Literature supported by China Educational Ministry, 2) Comparative studies of literary image of Shanghai and Paris during Urbanization,1840-1937 supported by Shanghai research fund, 3) Urban Culture and Literature of England during industrialization supported by Shanghai Educational Commission. Among her major publications are: Paris and Shanghai in Literature: Zola and Mao Dun (2006); The Image of the City: The City in English Literature (2006); Feminism and the Interpretation of Literature (1999); “Images of Japanese Women in Yu Dafu’s Novels” Chinese Comparative Literature no. 1 2004; “Primitive or Modern: Two Faces of Shanghai in Chinese and Western Literature,”Chinese Comparative Literature no. 1 2005; and the “Presentation of West in Contemporary Chinese Travel Writing,”Contemporary Writers Review no. 2, 2008.
Li Nan is associate professor of Chinese literature at Fudan University. Among her publications are The Tabloids of Shanghai in Late Qing and Republican China: A Comprehensive Research of Literature and Culture; Beijing Tabloids about Beijing and Shanghai; and The Linguistic and Cultural Phenomenon of Tabloids in Shanghai and Beijing in Late Qing and Republican China. She also discovered Zhang Ailing’s lost manuscript, “Tulip.”
Song Binghui is a professor of compartitive literature at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), and the associate editor of Comparative Literature in China. He was the dean of Comparative Literature Institute and vice dean of the Social Science Institute, both at SISU. He is now a researcher in the Literary Studies Institute in SISU, and a supervisor for master's students of comparative literature and world literature, modern and contemporary Chinese literature. He is also a director of the Chinese Association of Comparative Literature, the Association of Modern Chinese Literature, the Association of Contemporary Chinese Literature, and the secretary of the Association of Comparative Literature in Shanghai. His research concentrates on modern and contemporary Chinese literature and comparative literature. Major works are Crescent and Nightingale: A Biography of Xu Zhimo; The Cry from a Midnight City: Mao Dun and Shanghai Culture; Net Culture and Net Literature: a Dialogue; Research on the Relationship between Chinese Literature and Other Literatures: Methods and Practices; The History of Translated Literature in Modern China: 1898-1949 (co-authored); A Portrait of a Chinese Scholar: Jia Zhifang, the Temptation of Memory and Meditation; The Literature of Minorities in China. He also translated The Selected Diary of Virginia Woolf and Modern Chinese Poetry: Theory and Practice since 1917 among others. He published more than 100 articles on modern and contemporary Chinese literature and comparative literature. In recent years he has been in charge of several specialized columns in Comparative Literature in China such as “The International Elements in Chinese Literature,” “The Literature and Culture in Network Era,” “Deconstruction and Reconstruction of the Classics.” Among many awards he has won are “An Outstanding Young Teacher in Shanghai” (1994), the second prize for outstanding teaching research in colleges and universities (1999), the first prize for outstanding teaching research awarded by the Education Ministry (2001), the second prize for research in SISU (2001) and the second prize awarded by the Shanghai Teaching Fund.
Wang Guangdong is associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Shanghai University. His main research field is twentieth-century Chinese literature and folk culture. Among his publicationare Modernity, Romance, Folklore, Folk Ideas and Contemporary Emotions; and Modern Values of Folklore: Modern Literature of China and Morphology of Its Folk Culture.
Wang Yao is professor and dean of the College of Chinese Language and Literature, Suzhou University. His research interests include include modern Chinese literature and culture, literature of the Cultural Revolution, and modern Chinese prose. His academic publications include The History of Contemporary Chinese Prose; The Narrative and Interpretation of the May Fourth Movement; and Modern Literature in the Cultural Revolution. Works of collaboration include Dialogues between Han Shaogong and Wang Yao; Dialogues between Li Rui and Wang Yao; and Dialogues between Mo Yan And Wang Yao. He won the Literary Critics Prize and the Grand Prize of Chinese Literary Media 2003.
Yan Feng is associate professor of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Fudan University. He was visiting scholar of Harvard Yenching Institute, Harvard University (2004), a visiting professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago (2003), and an associate professor of the Institute of Oriental Culture, the University of Tokyo (1998-2000). He specializes in the study of contemporary Chinese literature in relation to other arts. His publications include Modern Discourses (1997), Living on the Net (coauthor, 1997), Carving the Worm, Knitting the Net (2004), Harmonious but Different (coauthor, 2005), and Banquet of the Senses (2007).
Zhang Xinying is professor of modern Chinese literature in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Fudan University. His main research field is modern Chinese literature and contemporary literary criticism. He was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago in 2006. Among his publications are: Modern Consciousness in Chinese Literature from the First Half of the 20th Century; Reading Shen Congwen; and Double Testimony.
Zhang Yesong is associate professor of Modern Chinese Literature at Fudan University. His research interests include the Zhou brothers (Lu Xun and Zhou Zuoren), the Hu Feng group, and contemporary literary criticism. His academic publications include Personal Situation (1997), Original Handwriting and the Heart Mark (2004), Literature in the Classroom and Literature Research (2008).
Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies