Hongjian Wang

Hongjian Wang

Assistant Professor // SLC // Chinese

Assistant Professor // SIS // Film and Video Studies

Assistant Professor // SIS // Comparative Literature

Assistant Professor // SLC // Asian Studies

Assistant Professor // SLC

Assistant Professor // SIS

Curriculum vitae

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Room: SC 261

Office hours: Spring 2020: M 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Email: wang2512@purdue.edu

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



Modern and contemporary Chinese literature, film, theater, print media, cultural historycomparative literature, Decadence, comedy, the avant-garde, reflexivity.

Hongjian Wang is generally interested in the aesthetics and politics of modern and contemporary Chinese literature, film, and theater, which she approaches from comparative, interdisciplinary, and historical perspectives. Her book manuscript, The Rise and Fall of China's Modern Cultural Elite: A Re-Examination of Decadence in the Twentieth-Century Chinese Literature, delves into the cultural dynamics in twentieth-century China that gave rise to Decadent literature in the European sense. Her research has also touched upon a variety of subjects, such as Chinese masculinity represented in the print media, the performative mode of documentary filmmaking, and the cult followings of comedy films. Her ongoing research projects include: the avant-garde theater in (post)socialist China; the surge of reflexivity in contemporary Chinese literature, film, and theater; and the issue of aging in contemporary Chinese female writing.

Hongjian Wang teaches Chinese language, Chinese cinema, modern Chinese literature and theater. She also serves on the committees of several graduate students in Comparative Literature on a variety of topics on modern China.

Selected publications:

Wang, Hongjian. “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.Wang, Hongjian. “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.Wang, Hongjian. “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. https://doi.org/10.1080/17508061.2018.1475968

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