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Zhuoyi Wang


Zhuoyi Wang
Zhuoyi Wang

Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Christian A. Johnson Hall 402
315-859-4036

Zhuoyi Wang received his doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Washington at Seattle. His research and teaching interests include Chinese film, literature, culture, and Hollywood cinema. He is the author of Revolutionary Cycles in Chinese Cinema, 1951-1979 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and the co-editor of Maoist Laughter (with Ping Zhu and Jason McGrath, Hong Kong University Press, 2019, awarded 2020 Choice’s Outstanding Academic Title). He has published in such English-language and Chinese-language journals as Arts, Chinese Literature Today, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, China Review International, Cinema and TV Culture, Literature and Art Studies, Journal of Beijing Film Academy, and Phoenix Weekly. He has given about 80 invited talks on various topics in the comparative study of Chinese-language and Hollywood cinemas for institutions and organizations in the US, mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Recent Courses Taught

Modern China through Film
Transcultural Chinese-language Cinema and Hollywood
Cinematic Heroes and Heroines in Post-Mao China
Remembering Chinese Revolution through Film
Masterpieces of Chinese Literature
Senior Thesis

Research Interests

Comparative study of Chinese-language and Hollywood cinemas

Distinctions

Choice’s Outstanding Academic Title 2020 (awarded to Maoist Laughter).
Hamilton College Christian A. Johnson Teaching Enhancement Award 2018.
Hamilton College 2016 Levitt Summer Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Fellowship (as faculty advisor)
Hamilton College 2016 Emerson Summer Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Fellowship (as faculty advisor)
Hamilton College 2014 Levitt Summer Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Fellowship (as faculty advisor)
Hamilton College Class of 1966 Career Development Award 2014.
Hamilton College Class of 1966 Career Development Award 2012.
Hamilton College 2010 Emerson Summer Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Award (as faculty advisor)
University of Washington China Program Fellowship 2007-2008.
University of Washington China Program Fellowship 2006-2007.
Elizabeth Kerr Macfarlane Endowed Scholarship in the Humanities 2006-2007.
University of Washington: Pass with Distinction on Ph.D. General Examination 2005.

Selected Publications

Revolutionary Cycles in Chinese Cinema, 1951-1979 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, July 17, 2014); xii+274 pages.

Maoist Laughter (co-edited by Ping Zhu, Zhuoyi Wang, and Jason McGrath, Hong Kong University Press, August 2019); 224 pages.
Awarded Choice’s Outstanding Academic Title 2020.

“Between the World Ship and the Spaceship: Planetarianism, Hollywood, Nationalism, and the Iceberg-Shaped Story of The Wandering Earth (2019),” Prism: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature, scheduled to be published in March 2021 (English word count: 10,000+).

“Cultural ‘Authenticity’ as a Conflict-Ridden Hypotext: Mulan (1998), Mulan Joins the Army (1939), and a Millennium-Long Intertextual Metamorphosis. Arts 2020, 9, 78 (open access online peer-reviewed journal; URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0752/9/3/78, English word count: 9,000+).

“Transforming the Liminal Hero: Border-Crossing Interconnections in The Taking of Tiger Mountain and Its Textual Pedigree,” Chinese Literature Today, 7:1 (June 2018): 118-128 (English word count: 6,000+).

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“The Spectral Space beyond Borders in Recent Chinese Films, Chinese Literature Today, 7:1 (June 2018): 106 (English word count: 500+). 

“From The Life of Wu Xun to the Career of Song Jingshi--- Crisis and Adaptation of Private Studio Filmmaking Legacy: 1951-1956,” Journal of Chinese Cinemas volume 5, issue 1, 2011: 13-29 (English word count: 9,000+).

Luanshi jiaren: “shidai de chanwu” yu “zhengzhi zhengque” (Gone with the Wind: “Product of Its Time” and “Political Correctness.”), Wenxue yu wenhua [Literature and culture], scheduled to be published in March or June 2021, (Chinese character count: 10,000+).

Bianjie yingxiong de zhuanxing: Zhiqu weihushan (2014) jiqi wenbenshi zhong de kuajie lianjie (a translated and revised version of my earlier English-language article, titled “Transforming the Liminal Hero: Border-Crossing Interconnections in The Taking of Tiger Mountain and Its Textual Pedigree,” publication information listed below), Yingshi wenhua [Cinema and TV culture] no. 22: 126-138, June 2020 (Chinese character count: 14,000+; Cinema and TV Culture is a journal of Chinese National Academy of Arts).

"Sanliwan: duoyuan chongtu zhong de dianying gaibian [Sanliwan Village: film adaptation in multipartite conflicts]," Wenyi yanjiu [Literature and art studies], issue 2, 2013: 86-97 (Chinese character count: 16,000+; Literature and Art Studies is a journal of Chinese National Academy of Arts)

Cong aodesa jieti dao shimaozhongxin – zhanjian bojiangjin dui “zhenshi” de jiqing yu women dui 9/11 de jiqing” [From the Odessa Steps to the World Trade Center: on the Passion for the Real in Battleship Potemkin and the September 11 attacks], Beijing dianying xueyuan xuebao [Journal of Beijing Film Academy], issue 5, 2003: 1-7, 105 (Chinese character count: 8,000+).

“Qingchun qi” zhong de zhongguo nüxing tuokouxiu [Chinese female stand-up comedians in their “adolescence”], Fenghuang zhoukan [Phoenix Weekly], issue 741, Nov 15, 2020: 100-101 (Chinese character count: 3,000+).

Dishini “dubudong” zhongguo wenhua?: Zhenren ban dianying Hua Mulan de “mogai” zhengyi [Does Disney Not Understand Chinese Culture?: On the Controversy of the Live-Action Mulan’s ‘distortions’], Fenghuang zhoukan [Phoenix Weekly], issue 738, Oct 15, 2020: 100-103 (Chinese character count: 6,000+).

Lü pishu de hei yu bai” [Black and White in Green Book], Fenghuang zhoukan [Phoenix Weekly], issue 686, May 5, 2019: 98-101 (Chinese character count: 6,000+).

Encyclopedia Entry: “Jet Li,” Brown, Kerry, et al. (ed.) Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, vol. 4, Berkshire Publishing, 2015: 313-321 (English word count: 3,000+).

Book Review of Yomi Braester, Painting the City Red: Chinese Cinema and the Urban Contract, China Review International, volume 18 no. 1, 2011: 36-39,  (English word count: 1,000+).

Book Review ofHsiu-Chuang Deppman, Adapted for the Screen: the Cultural Politics of Modern Chinese Fiction and Film,in China Review International volume 17 no. 3 2010: 328-331, (English word count: 1,000+).

Appointed to the Faculty: 2009

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Washington
M.A., Peking University, P.R. China
B.A., Peking University, P.R. China

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