My Universities

The University of Tulsa, USA

Yale University, USA

The University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Peking University, China

Huiwen (Helen) Zhang

张慧文

Wellspring Assistant Professor of Chinese & Comparative Literature

Department of Languages

The University of Tulsa

Faculty Homepage

Academia Homepage

·    2008-2009 Postdoctoral Associate, Council on East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature Department, Yale University, USA

·    2008 Ph.D. (Summa Cum Laude) Chinese Studies, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

·    2001 M.A. Modern Chinese Literature, Peking University, China

·    1998 B.A. (With Distinction) Chinese Literature, Peking University, China

Teaching at Yale & Tulsa

Modernization & Its Discontents

China--Scandinavia--Germany

 

Four Faces of the Wanderer:

An Exploration of Modern Chinese Literature

 

Nietzsche’s Superman and Daoist Philosophy

 

The Treasure of Sorrow:

China’s Lost Generation

 

Blessed in Translation

 

Authentic Beauty:

Chinese Perspectives

 

Chinese Microblogging:

Literature Online

 

The Wanderer in Hong Kong Cinema

 

Professional Affiliations

American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)

European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS)

Awards & Recognition

2011 Oklahoma Humanities Council Research Grant, USA

2005-2008 DFG (German Research Foundation) Scholarship, Germany

2003-2005 Grant for Graduate Students from the State of Bavaria, Germany

2002-2003 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship, Germany

1994-1996 Selection to Experimental Humanities Program in Philosophy, History, and Literature; Peking University, China

On-Going Research

Monographs

·         Cultural Transfer across Eras & Continents: Feng Zhi’s Novel Wu Zixu as the Encounter between Antiquity & Modernity, China & Europe, De Geruyter 2012

 

Lu Xun’s Germanized Vision of Modern China

 

The Architects of the Modern Breakthrough in Scandinavia, Germany & China

 

Translations

 

Feng Zhi: Wu Zixu (Novel; Chinese -> German)

Feng Zhi: Sonnets (Poetry Anthology; Chinese -> English)--

Meditation Sounds!

Lu Xun: Wild Grass (Prose Poetry Anthology; Chinese -> English)--

Revealing & Concealing

 

Collaborations

 

“Lu Xun’s Private Foreign Library”: a joint project of the Lu Xun Museum (Beijing), Columbia University(New York), and Tsinghua University (Beijing), aiming to produce an innovative and insightful bibliography on Lu Xun’s foreign language book collection

Co-organizer – “Literature Argues”: An international conference on comparative literature at the University of Tulsa, upcoming April 2014

 

Blog (in English & German)

 

Wanderschaft in Wind und Wetter