Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Chinese Literature and Culture
264 Decio Hall
Ph.D., University of Oregon
M.A., Duke University
M.A., Nanjing University, China
Professor Xian Wang’s research and teaching interests encompass modern Chinese literature and film, popular culture, gender studies, and cultural theory. Her current book project, Flesh and Stone: Competing Narratives of Female Martyrdom from Late Imperial to Modern China, focuses on the transition from the obsession with female chaste suicide in late imperial China to the modern promotion of revolutionary female martyrs. She is also conducting research on the process of ideological maneuvering, with special focus on the rewriting and fabrication of socialist history in social media, contemporary Chinese TV dramas, films and documentaries. Her research articles have appeared in Comparative Literature Studies and Ming Studies. She is the author of the book Creativity in China (2007) which addresses media, art and fashion industries in China. She also serves as an Associate Editor of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture.