Huiwen (Helen) Zhang
Assistant Professor of Chinese and Comparative LiteratureOliphant Hall OH 174
918 631 3203
Contextualizing China in the West (and vice versa) brings out the initially unfamiliar landscape in clearer and more meaningful perspective. This applies both to my research and to my teaching. Regarding research, my specialty is Chinese literature and philosophy, with a focus on cross-cultural dialogues between China and Europe. My other scholarly interests include German literature and philosophy, intellectual history, cultural hermeneutics, and the politics and aesthetics of translation. Regarding teaching, I am convinced that one effective way to promote interest in Chinese language and culture among European and American students is to link Chinese Studies to the Western literary canon and the contemporary dilemmas of cultural exchange. The aim of my research and teaching to date has been to explore Chinese literature as a unique yet open landscape within world literature, and to retrace and reconsider the transformation of Chinese culture while encountering the West since 1900.
Education and Degrees Earned
• 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
Areas of Research Focus
Regarding research, my specialty is Chinese literature and philosophy, with a focus on cross-cultural dialogues between China and Europe.
Previous Teaching Experience
• 2008-2009 Postdoctoral Associate & Lecturer, Council on East Asian Studies & Department of Comparative Literature, Yale University, USA
• American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
• European Association of Chinese Studies (EACS)
• Association for Asian Studies (AAS)