Yi Zheng

Associate Professor, Chinese and Comparative Literature
Associate Professor

I have a PhD in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, specializing in modern Chinese literature and comparative Chinese and European aesthetic history. My doctoral thesis was on the aesthetic politics of Romanticism in late 18th- early 19th century Europe and early twentieth century China, on their shared ambition to redeem a crisis-ridden modern history by transgressive poetic imagination. The monograph developed from this is published in an esteemed Comparative Literary Studies series. My postdoctoral work extended my intellectual-historical concern for China’s cultural transformation to the post-reform debate on the use of classical traditions and history in popular culture.

My subsequent research in Chinese Studies is developed along my long-time interest in historical aesthetico-cultural practices from modern literary transformations to contemporary social-cultural change. It includes the spatial in modern Chinese fiction and genre development besides radical poetics. The comparative and transnational aspect of my training led to my studies of cultural translations, and the traveling of ideas and conventions.

I have sole authored three books, co-edited two books and one special journal issue. I have published articles in journals such as boundary 2, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, positions: a critique of east asian culture, and book chapters in Oxford Handbook of Modernisms, A Companion to modern Chinese Literature. I supervise PhD, MA and Honours students in Chinese and Comparative literary and cultural studies.

Journal articles
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Zheng Y, 2022, 'The Bildungsroman of an Absolute Artist for Socialist China: Fu Lei’s Family Letters 1954-1966', Boundary 2: an International Journal of Literature and Culture
2022
Zheng Y; Donald S, 2021, 'Centenarian Memoirs and Vernacular History', China Perspectives
2021
Zheng Y, 2020, '1911 in Chengdu', boundary 2, vol. 47, pp. 173 - 199, http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/01903659-7999557
2020
Zheng Y, 2018, 'Crisis and Creation: the Sturm und Drang Poetics of Guo Moruo', Modern Chinese Culture and Literature, vol. 26, pp. 139 - 153
2018
Zheng Y, 2017, '从《里门拾记》到《果园城记》:师陀小说原乡志系列', 现代中国文化与文学 (Modern Chinese Culture and Literature), vol. 23, pp. 1 - 17
2017
Zheng Y, 2016, 'The Prosaic and Provincial History of an Epic Revolution', Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, vol. 63, pp. 138 - 152, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20512856.2016.1244912
2016
Zheng Y, 2015, 'The Prosaic and the Epic: Li Jieren's Modern Chinese History in Novel Form', Xiandai zhongguo wenhua yu wenxue (Modern Chinese Culture and Literature), vol. 15, pp. 285 - 293, http://c.wanfangdata.com.cn/Periodical-xdzgwhywx.aspx
2015
Zheng Y, 2015, '庸常与史诗:李劼人的小说近代史', 现代中国文化与文学, vol. 15, pp. 285 - 293
2015
Zheng Y, 2015, 'The Local Place and Other Worlds: Li Jieren's Provincial History of Xinhai Revolution (Difang yu Taxiang: Li Jieren de Shengcheng Geming Sh)', Studies of Republican Chinese Literature (Minguo Wenxue yu Wenhua Yanjiu) and Culture, vol. 1, pp. 118 - 128, https://books.google.com.au/books?id=-okzCwAAQBAJ&pg=PA118&lpg=PA118&dq=%E6%B0%91%E5%9B%BD%E6%96%87%E5%AD%A6%E6%96%87%E5%8C%96%E7%A0%94%E7%A9%B6+%E9%83%91%E6%80%A1&source=bl&ots=pJgbY3ORZ2&sig=ZHfqzwh
2015
Zheng Y, 2014, 'The History of Words and Transformation of Ideas in 20C China (ciyu de lishi yu sixiang de shanbian)', Studies on Modern Chinese Literature (zhongguo xiandaiwenxue yanjiu congkan, vol. 07, pp. 197 - 201, http://www.cnki.com.cn/Journal/F-F2-XWYC-2014-07.htm
2014
Zheng Y, 2012, 'Poetics of Crisis and Historical Redirection: Guo Moruo’s Modern Nirvana', Comparative Literature: East & West, vol. 16, pp. 47 - 66
2012
Zheng Y; Gal, Ofer , 2012, '“Beyond Accommodation”', Intellectual History Review, vol. 21, pp. 231 - 239
2012
Zheng Y, 2010, 'What Makes a Genre Blockbuster Good to Look At: Zhang Yimou's Transformative Modus Operandi in Hero', Film International, vol. vol. 8, pp. 47 - 63
2010
Zheng Y; Hemelryk Donald S, 2009, '“Introduction: Post-Mao, Post-Bourdieu: Class and Taste in Contemporary China”', PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, vol. 6, pp. 1 - 11, http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/portal
2009
Zheng Y; Hemelryk Donald S, 2009, 'A taste of class: manuals for becoming woman', Positions - East Asia Cultures Critique, vol. 17, pp. 489 - 531, http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/10679847-2009-012
2009
Zheng Y, 2007, 'Cultural Tours and Spiritual Home', Portal Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, vol. 4, http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/portal/issue/view/28/showToc
2007
Zheng Y, 2004, 'Personalized Writing and Chinese Feminist Criticism in the ‘Post’-New Era', Tulsa Studies in Womens Literature, vol. 23, pp. 45 - 64
2004
Zheng Y, 2004, 'The Figuration of a Sublime Origin: Guo Moruo’s Qu Yuan', Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, vol. 16, pp. 153 - 198
2004
Zheng Y, 2002, 'Ailing Zhang and Her Aesthetics of Existence', Annals of Scholarship, vol. 14.3, pp. 151 - 168
2002
Books
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Zheng Y, 2018, From Crisis Poetics to Place Fiction (cong weiji shixue dao diyu xiaoshuo), 1, Huamulan Publishing House, Taiwan: Xinbei, http://elib.infolinker.com.tw/cgi-bin2/Libo.cgi?
2018
Zheng Y, 2013, Contemporary Chinese Print Media: Cultivating Middle Class Taste, Routledge, London, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315889856
2013
Zheng Y, 2011, From Burke and Wordsworth to the Modern Sublime in Chinese Literature, 1, Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/titles/format/9781557535764
2011
Other
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Zheng Y, 2017, Gender and Subjectivities in Early Twentieth-Century Chinese Literature and Culture, http://u.osu.edu/mclc/book-reviews/yizheng/
2017
Zheng Y, 2016, “Public Discourses of Contemporary China: The Narration of the Nation in Popular Literature, Film, and Television”, Contemporary China Centre, Australia National Univ, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/686651
2016
Zheng Y, 2011, “On Yingjin Zhang’s Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China,”
2011
Zheng Y, 2011, “On Frederic E. Wakeman’s Telling Chinese History: A Selection of Essays”
2011
Zheng Y, 2008, “On Shu-Mei Shih’s Visuality and Identity: Sinophone Articulations across the Pacific”
2008
Reports
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Zheng Y, 2017, New program aims to make China a society of book readers, Asian Studies Association of Australia, Canberra, Asian Currents, http://asaa.asn.au/new-program-aims-make-china-society-book-readers/
2017
Book Chapters
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Zheng Y, 2016, '“The Province, Other Worlds and Revolution (省城,他乡,革命)"', in Iwasa Masaaki 岩佐昌暲 ; Li Yi 李怡 (ed.), The Dancing Table: Late Qing and Early Republican Chinese Students in Japan and Modern Chinese Literature (清末民初赴日留学生与中国现代文学), edn. 1, Huamulan wenhua chubanshe, Taipei, pp. 219 - 228
2016
Zheng Y, 2015, 'The World of Twentieth-Century Chinese Popular Fiction: From Shanghai Express to Rivers and Lakes of Knights-Errant', in Yingjin Zhang (ed.), A Companion to Modern Chinese Literature, John Wiley & Sons, West Sussex, UK, pp. 244 - 260, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118451588.ch15
2015
Zheng Y, 2014, 'Xu Xiake's Travel Notes: Motion, Records and Genre Change', in Gal O; Zheng YZ (ed.), Motion and Knowledge in the Changing Early Modern World: Orbits, Routes and Vessels, edn. 1, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 31 - 45, http://www.springer.com/new+&+forthcoming+titles+(default)/book/978-94-007-7382-0
2014
Zheng Y; Gal O, 2014, 'Global Motion and the Production of Knowledge', in Gal O; Zheng Y (ed.), Motion and Knowledge in the Changing Early Modern World: Orbits, Routes and Vessels, edn. 1, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 1 - 14, http://www.springer.com/new+&+forthcoming+titles+(default)/book/978-94-007-7382-0
2014
Zheng Y, 2012, 'Historical Crisis and New Poetic Spirit', in Fujita R (ed.), Issues of Far Eastern Literatures, edn. 1, St. Pertersburgh University Press, St. Petersburgh, pp. 251 - 272
2012
Donald SH; Zheng Y, 2010, 'Chinese Modernisms', in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545445.013.0055
2010
Donald SH; Zheng Y, 2010, 'Chinese Modernisms: Politics, Poetry and Cultural Dissonanc', in Brooker P; Gasiorek A; Longworth D; Thacker A (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 976 - 995, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545445.013.0055
2010
Zheng Y, 2009, 'À La Mode: the Provincial Cosmopolitan', in Donald SH; Kofman E (ed.), Branding Cities: Cosmopolitanism, Parochialism, and Social Change, edn. 1, Routledge, London, pp. 172 - 188
2009
Zheng Y; Hemelryk Donald S, 2008, 'Richer than before – the cultivation of middle-class taste: education choices in urban China', in Goodman DSG (ed.), The New Rich in China: Future Rulers, Present Lives, Routledge, London, pp. 71 - 82, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203931172
2008
Zheng Y, 2007, 'Wenrenjingshen yu houshehuizuyiqingqu: sanwen wenhua piping (Literati Spirit and Post-socialist Taste: on Contemporary Chinese Essay Culture', in Nanxiu Q; Hongshen Z (ed.), Zhongguowenxue: chuantong yu xiandai de duihua (Chinese Literature: Dialogue between Tradition and Modernity, edn. 1, shanghai guji zubanshe (Shanghai Classics Publishing House), Shanghai, pp. 628 - 641
2007
Zheng Y, 2004, 'The Romantic Transfiguration of a Sublime Poetics', in Baillie C; Dunn E; Zheng Y (ed.), Travelling Facts: The Social Construction, Distribution, and Accumulation of Knowledge, edn. 1st, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt, pp. 92 - 123
2004
Zheng Y, 2003, 'Cultural Traditions and Contemporaneity : the Case of the New Confucianist Debate', in Lepenies W (ed.), Entangled Histories and Negotiated Universals: Centers and Peripheries in a Changing World, edn. 1st, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt, pp. 310 - 336
2003
Zheng Y, 2001, 'Cultural Tradition and Modern Confucianism', in Szegedy-Maszák M (ed.), National Heritage and National Canon, edn. 1st, Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest, pp. 145 - 176
2001
Zheng Y, 1997, 'Narrative Images of the Historical Passion: those Other Women—On the Alterity in the New Wave of the Chinese Cinema', in Lu SH (ed.), Transnational Chinese Cinema: Identity, Nationhood and Gender, edn. 1, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, pp. 347 - 360
1997
Edited Books
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Gal O; Zheng Y, (ed.), 2014, Motion and Knowledge in the Changing Early Modern World: Orbits, Routes and Vessels, Springer, Dordrecht
2014
Zheng Y; Hemelryk Donald SJ, (ed.), 2009, Post-Mao, Post-Bourdieu: Class and Taste in Contemporary China, Portal Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney, http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/portal/issue/view/61
2009
Zheng Y, (ed.), 2004, Traveling Facts, 1, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt
2004

Fellowships and Honours

  • Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Lincoln, UK, 1 June – 1 July 2019;

  • Distinguished Lecture Professor, College of Literature, Communication and Cultural Studies, Sichuan University, January, since 2018;

  • Visiting Senior Fellow, Humanities Centre, the University of Pittsburgh, April–June 2015;

  • Senior Fellow, Asia Research Institute, the National University of Singapore, December 2010 – March 2011;

  • Senior Visiting Fellow, Centre for Literary and Cultural Research, Berlin, June–July 2009;

  • Agora Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Studies), Berlin, 2000–2001;

  • Senior Fellow, Collegium Budapest (Institute for Advanced Studies), Budapest, 2000 (winter)

  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Institute for Comparative Poetics, Tel Aviv University, 1999–2000.     

  • Fulbright Graduate Scholar, US Information Agency,1989 -1990 

Chinese literature and culture, Comparative intellectual and cultural history, Contemporary Chinese culture and society

Current undergraduate courses:

Contemporary Chinese Literature, City and Chinese Culture, Professional Chinese A, Professional Chinese B