Chia-rong Wu is an Associate Professor of Chinese Studies. Dr. Wu received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Wu specializes in modern Chinese literature and cinema and Sinophone studies. His research interests include strange fiction (志怪), ghost-island literature (鬼島文學), cultural geography, and ecocriticism. Dr. Wu is the author of Supernatural Sinophone Taiwan and Beyond (Cambria Press 2016).



Supernatural Sinophone Taiwan and Beyond. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press (Sinophone World Series), 2016.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Hong Kong Identity in Question: Fruit Chan’s Uncanny Narrative and (Post-)97 Complex.” American Journal of Chinese Studies 24.1 (2017): 43-56.

“Across Boundaries: Cultural Glocality in Ang Lee’s Film Production.” Virginia Review of Asian Studies 18 (2016): 181-191.

“Re-Examining Extreme Violence: Historical Reconstruction and Ethnic Consciousness in Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale.” ASIANetwork Exchange 21.2 (2014): 24-32.

“Re-Positioning Taiwan: Spatial Politics and Cultural Landscape in Dancing Crane’s Heterogeneous Writing.” Studies on Asia, Series IV. 3.1 (2013): 211-240.

“Writing as Rituals at the Postmodern Juncture: Translocal Imagining in Zhu Tianwen’s A Sorceress’ Discourse.” New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 14.2 (2012): 54-66.

“Revisiting Local History and Ghostly Memory in Shawna Yang Ryan’s Locke 1928.” Asian American Literature: Discourses and Pedagogies 3 (2012): 39-52. 

“Ghosting America: Cross-Cultural Shadows in Maxine Hong Kingston's Memoirs.” Interactions 20.1-2 (2011): 161-173. 

“Remapping the Ethno-Scape of Taiwan: Representation of Violence in Dancing Crane’s Remains of Life.” The American Journal of Chinese Studies 17:1 (2010): 37-49.

Book Reviews

Review of Yenna Wu’s edited volume, Li Ang’s Visionary Challenges to Gender, Sex, and Politics, in ASIANetwork Exchange 24.1 (2017): pp. 162-165.

Review of Brian C. Bernards’s Writing the South Seas: Imagining the Nanyang in Chinese and Southeast Asian Postcolonial Literature, in CLEAR (Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews) 38 (2016): pp.179-182.

Refereed Book Chapters

“Ang Lee.” 100 Entertainers Who Changed America: An Encyclopedia of Pop Culture Luminaries. Ed. Robert C. Sickels. Greenwood, 2013. 336-343.

“A Spectralized Canon: Amy Tan and Chinese American Haunting.” Positioning the New: Chinese American Literature and the Changing Image of the American Literary Canon. Ed. Tanfer Emin Tunc and Elisabetta Marino. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. 15-25.


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign