Chia-rong Wu | Assistant Professor
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Chia-rong Wu joins the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures as Assistant Professor. 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, Asian American literature, and psychoanalytic theory. His current research focus is on the representation of ghosts in relation to multiple dimensions of history, ethnoscapes, and gender politics.


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


Chinese 101 Elementary Chinese

Chinese 102 Elementary Chinese

Chinese 201 Intermediate Chinese

Chinese 205 Modern Chinese Literature in Translation

Chinese 206 Introduction to East Asian Cultures

Chinese 302 Advanced Chinese

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

"Re-Positioning Taiwan: Spatial Politics and Cultural Landscape in Dancing Crane′s Heterogeneous Writing." Studies on Asia. (Forthcoming)

“Writing as Rituals at the Postmodern Juncture: Translocal Imagining in Zhu Tianwen’s A Sorceress’ Discourse,” New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 14.2. (Scheduled to be published in December 2012; indexed in the MLA Bibliography.) 

“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. (Indexed in the MLA Bibliography)

“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. (Indexed in the MLA Bibliography)

Refereed Book Chapters

“Ang Lee, the Taiwanese film director,” 100 People Who Changed American Entertainment. Ed. Robert C. Sickels, ABC-CLIO. (Forthcoming)

“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.