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Yingjin Zhang

Ph.D. (Stanford)

Distinguished Professor of Modern Chinese Literature:
Chinese Literature; Comparative Literature; Cinema and Media Studies; Visual Culture; Literary and Cultural History; Urban Studies

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Yingjin Zhang received his M.A. from the University of Iowa in 1987 and Ph.D. in comparative literature from Stanford University in 1992. Before joining the UCSD faculty in 2001, he taught at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he was honored with an Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in 1996. He served as President of the American Association of Chinese Comparative Literature in 1993-94 and received, among others, a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Michigan in 1995-96, a Summer Faculty Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1999, a Pacific Cultural Foundation Research Grant (Taipei) in 2000, a Fulbright China Research Fellowship in 2003-04, and a UC Humanities Research Institute Fellowship (Irvine) in 2005. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago as well as several Chinese universities, such as Nanjing University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tongji University, and Wuhan University.


Co-ed. with Paul G. Pickowicz and preface. Locating Taiwan Cinema in the Twenty-First Century. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2020. 323 pp.

“Perseverance through Aftershocks: Epistephilia in Chinese Reportage and Independent Documentary.” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, 31.2 (2019): 129-61.

“Ways of Seeing China through Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves: Evocative Translocality, Fantastic Orientalism, Nameless Labor.” Prism: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature [Duke University Press], 16.1 (2019): 174-96.

“Jia Zhangke’s Cinematic Vision of Urban Dystopia in Contemporary China,” in The Routledge Companion to Urban Imaginaries, ed. Christoph Lindner and Miriam Meissner (Routledge, 2019), 332-44.

Co-ed. with Kuei-fen Chiu. A special issue on “Chinese Literature as World Literature,” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, 30.1 (Spring 2018). 192 pp.

“Eulogistic Comedy as Domestic Soft Power: Biopolitical Self-Fashioning in It’s My Day Off (1959),” Journal of Chinese Cinemas, 12.2 (2018):

Co-ed. with Paul G. Pickowicz and introduction. Film the Everyday: Independent Documentaries in Twenty-First-Century China. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017. 203 pp.

Ed. and introduction. A Companion to Modern Chinese Literature. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. 573 pp.

With Kuei-fen Chiu. New Chinese-Language Documentaries: Ethics, Subject and Place. London: Routledge, 2015. 252 pp.

Theory, History and the City: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Chinese-Western Comparative Literature [in Chinese]. Shanghai: Fudan University Press, 2015. 257 pp.

“Mapping Chinese Literature as World Literature,” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, 17.1 (2015):

Co-ed. with Paul G. Pickowicz and Kuiyi Shen, and introduction. Liangyou, Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis. Leiden: Brill, 2013. 288 pp.

“Articulating Sadness, Gendering Spaces: The Politics and Poetics of Taiyu Films from 1960s Taiwan,” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, 25.1 (Spring 2013): 1-46.

“Witness outside History: Play for Alteration in Modern Chinese Culture,” Modernism/Modernity, 20.2 (April 2013): 349-69.

Ed. and introduction. A Companion to Chinese Cinema. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 684 pp.

Polycentric China: Essays in Cinema and Culture [in Chinese]. Nanjing: Nanjing University Press, 2012. 443 pp.

Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2010. 257 pp.

Co-ed. with Mary Farquhar and introduction. Chinese Film Stars. Routledge, 2010. 244 pp. [Chinese edition, Beijing: Peking University Press, 2011; 322 pp.]

Co-ed. with Paul G. Pickowicz and preface. From Underground to Independent: Alternative Film Culture in Contemporary China. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006. 268 pp.

China in Focus: Studies of Chinese Film and Literature in the Perspective of Academic History [in Chinese]. Nanjing: Nanjing University Press, 2006. 289 pp.

Fin-de-siècle Nostalgia? Hollywood, Old Shanghai, New Taipei [in Chinese]. Changsha: Hunan Arts Press, 2006. 220 pp.

Chinese National Cinema. London: Routledge, 2004. 328 pp.

Screening China: Critical Interventions, Cinematic Reconfigurations, and the Transnational Imaginary in Contemporary Chinese Cinema. Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 2002. 450 pp. [Chinese edition, Shanghai Sanlian Books, 2008; 480 pp.]

Ed. and introduction. Cinema and Urban Culture in Shanghai, 1922-1943. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999. 369 pp. [Chinese edition, Beijing; Peking University Press, 2011; 267 pp.]

Ed. and introduction. China in a Polycentric World: Essays in Chinese Comparative Literature. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998. 307 pp.

With Zhiwei Xiao. Encyclopedia of Chinese Film. London: Routledge, 1998. 475 pp.

The City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film: Configurations of Space, Time, and Gender. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996. 390 pp. [Chinese edition, Nanjing: Jiangsu People’s Press, 2007; 320 pp.]


Cultural Studies (Beijing); Film Art (Beijing); Journal of Chinese Cinemas (Routledge); Journal of Film Studies (Shanghai); Literatures in Chinese (Shantou); Media Fields (Santa Barbara); Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) – Cinema and Media Studies; Peter Lang – book series “Documentary Film Cultures”; Prism: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature (Duke University Press); Theoretical Studies of Arts and Literature (Shanghai); Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies (Nottingham)


Angie Chau (PhD Cultural Studies), Assistant Professor of Chinese, U of Victoria, Canada

Jun Lei (PhD Comparative Literature), Assistant Professor of Chinese, Texas A&M U

Chunhui Peng (PhD Comparative Literature), Assistant Professor of Chinese, San Jose State U

Liyan Qin (PhD Comparative Literature), Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Peking U, China

James Wicks (PhD Cultural Studies), Associate Professor of World Literature, Point Loma Nazarene U

Alvin K.H. Wong (PhD Cultural Studies), Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Hong Kong U