Hongjian Wang

Hongjian Wang

Assistant Professor // Chinese // SLC

Assistant Professor // Film and Video Studies // SIS

Assistant Professor // Comparative Literature // SIS

Assistant Professor // Asian Studies // SLC

Assistant Professor // SLC

Assistant Professor // SIS

Office and Contact

Room: SC 261

Office hours: Spring 2021: By Appointment

Email: wang2512@purdue.edu

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of California, Riverside, 2012



Hongjian Wang is a literary comparatist and cultural historian by training. Her research interest includes modern and contemporary Chinese literature, film, performing arts, and cultural history, with a focus on the ever-changing dynamics among the state, the cultural elite, and the populace. Her monograph, Decadence in Twentieth-Century Chinese Literature and Culture: A Comparative and Literary-Historical Reevaluation, uses the original notions of late-nineteenth-century European Decadence as a critical lens to re-examine twentieth-century Chinese literature and to illuminate the changing status of China’s modern cultural elite. Her current book project, The Laughter of the Others: Satiric Skits on the CCTV Spring Festival Gala and China’s Postsocialist Condition, examines the comic portrayal of various types of Others—occupational, sexual, age, regional, ethnic, or racial—in the Spring Festival Gala on China’s Central Television to shed light on the evolving social values and cultural dynamics in contemporary China.

Selected publications:

Decadence in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture: A Comparative and Literary-Historical Reevaluation. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2020.
“Theatre of ‘Disbelief’: Meng Jinghui’s Cynical Metatheatre in Contemporary China.” Asian Theatre Journal, vol. 37, no. 2, 2020, pp. 376–397.
 A Chinese Ghost Story: A Hong Kong Comedy Film’s Cult Following in Mainland China.” Journal of Chinese Cinemas, vol. 12, no. 2, 2018, pp. 142–157. 
“Documenting through Reenacting: Revisiting the Performative Mode in Chinese Independent Documentaries.” Filming the Everyday: Independent Documentaries in Twenty-First-Century China, edited by Paul Pickowicz and Yingjin Zhang, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016. pp. 153–165.
“Pillar of the Nation: Photographic Representation of ‘Modern’ Chinese Masculinity in the Liangyou Pictorial.” Liangyou, Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1945, edited by Paul Pickowicz, Kuiyi Shen and Yingjin Zhang, Brill Academic Publishers, 2013, pp.161–178.

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