Xian Wang

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures
160 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Office Hours
M/W: 10:00am - 12:00pm, or by appointment
+1 (574) 631-6951

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Professor Xian Wang's research and teaching interests encompass modern Chinese literature, film, popular culture, gender and memory studies. Her forthcoming book project, Gendered Memories: An Imaginary Museum for Ding Ling and Chinese Female Revolutionary Martyrs (University of Michigan Press, Spring 2025), explores the intersection of female martyrdom, national memory, and gender politics in modern Chinese history, centered around the lives and narratives of iconic revolutionary female figures, presented through the concept of an imaginary museum. She is also conducting research on a second book project tentatively titled Producing Socialist China: The Aestheticization of Labor in Chinese Art and Literature (1949 - 1976). The project examines the representations of "labor" and "production" in Chinese art and literature in the socialist era, and investigates the relationships between production and consumption, distribution, and leisure. It explores how the idealization of selfless labor helped to create a new socialist ideology and the new socialist subject. Her research articles have appeared in Modern China, Modern Fiction Studies, Chinese Oral and Performing Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, and Ming Studies.

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Ph.D. University of Oregon