My Universities

The University of Tulsa, USA

Yale University, USA

The University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Peking University, China

Huiwen (Helen) Zhang


Wellspring Assistant Professor of Chinese & Comparative Literature

Department of Languages

The University of Tulsa

Faculty Homepage

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·    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



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


·         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




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




“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