Lingzhen Wang joined
the Asian Languages and Literatures Department as an assistant professor of
Asian languages and literatures in January 2005. She teaches China Modern:
An Introduction to the Literature and Film of Twentieth Century China and
Intermediate Chinese at Wesleyan.
Wang completed her
undergraduate work at Nanjing University and earned her Ph.D at Cornell
University. Her master’s thesis is a comparative study of a well-known
Chinese writer, Shen Congwen, and Thomas Hardy, and her dissertation is on
modern Chinese women’s autobiographical writing.
Wang’s main areas of
interest are modern Chinese literature, gender studies, feminist and
literary theories, and modern Japanese literature. She is currently
researching Chinese female film directors.
She was drawn to
Wesleyan in part because of its top-notch faculty.
“Wesleyan has some
leading scholars and professors in Chinese Studies and Women Studies,” she
says. “And the role of East Asian Studies is quite prominent at Wesleyan
compared to many other places.”
The Mansfield Freeman
Center for East Asian Studies and proximity to her husband’s workplace were also big attractions.
In September 2004,
Wang’s book “Personal Matters: Women's Autobiographical Practice in
Twentieth-Century China” was published by Stanford University Press. She
recently edited a translation anthology of a famous contemporary woman
writer, Wang Anyi, titled "Years of Sadness," which is pending publication.
Wang is currently working on two essays, "Peeling Onion: Teaching China and
Gender in the United States" and "The Ambivalence of Maternal Body and
Voice in Contemporary Chinese Women’s Cinema."