09/01/2009 to 12/31/2009
Ohio State University (DEALL), USA
Kirk Denton specializes in the fiction and literary criticism of the Republican period (1911-1949). He regularly teaches undergraduate courses in modern Chinese literature in translation, Asian American film, and Chinese film, as well as graduate courses and seminars on modern Chinese fiction, the writer Lu Xun, popular culture, Taiwan literature, and Chinese film. He is especially interested in the inception and formation of a discourse of modernity in the May Fourth period and how that discourse was to some degree informed and shaped by traditional concerns. Professor Denton's edited collection, Modern Chinese Literary Thought: Writings on Literature. 1893-1945, was published by Stanford University Press in 1996. Two years later, his The Problematic of Self in Modern Chinese Literature: Hu Feng and Lu Ling was also published by Stanford. He is associate editor of the Chinese section of The Columbia Companion to Modern East Literature (Columbia, 2003) and a coeditor of China: Adapting the Past, Confronting the Future (Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 2002). He is co-editor, with Michel Hockx, of Literary Societies in Republican China (Lexington, 2008). He also edited China: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Whereabouts, 2008). He has published several articles on museum culture, including in The China Quarterly and Japan Focus, and he is presently writing a book on the politics of historical representation in museums and memorial sites in Greater China entitled Exhibiting the Past: Historical Memory and the Politics and Ideology of Museums in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Denton is editor of the journal Modern Chinese Literature and Culture and manager of the online MCLC Resource Center, which hosts the MCLC LIST, a listserv devoted to scholarly discussion on the culture of modern and contemporary China. Denton has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and National Chung-hsing University.
The Problematic of Self in Modern Chinese Literature: Hu Feng and Lu Ling. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998. [review by Ban Wang]
China: A Literary Traveler's Companion. Berkeley: Whereabouts Press, 2008.
Literary Societies of Republican China, with Michel Hockx. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008. [review by Edward Gunn] [review by John Christopher Hamm]
Modern Chinese Literary Thought: Writings on Literature 1893-1945. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996. [review by Tam Kwok-kan]
Associate Editor, China Section, Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature. NY: Columbia University Press, 2003.
Co-editor (in charge of Culture section), China: Adapting the Past, Confronting the Future 3rd edition. Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 2002.
Editor of Scholarly Journal
Modern Chinese Literature and Culture vol. 11 (1999)-.
Edited Journal Volumes:
Guest editor of Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association. 26.2 (May 1991). Special volume on issues of cross-cultural understanding and the teaching of modern Chinese literature
"Rectification: Party Discipline, Intellectual Remolding, and the Formation of a Political Community." In Ban Wang, ed. Words and Their Stories Essays on the Language of the Chinese Revolution. Leiden: Brill, 2010, 51-64.
"Storm Under the Sun: An Introduction." In S. Louisa Wei, ed., Storm Under the Sun: Introduction, Script, and Reviews. Hong Kong: Blue Queen Cultural Communications, 2009, 4-31 [introduction to a documentary film directed by Peng Xiaolian and S. Louisa Wei "Preface." In China: A Traveler's Literary Companion. Berkeley: Whereabouts Press, 2008, xi-xv.
w/Michel Hockx, "Introduction." In Denton and Michel Hockx, eds., Literary Societies in Republican China. Lexington Books, 2008, 1-14.
"The Hu Feng Group: Genealogy of a Literary School." In Denton and Michel Hockx, eds., Literary Societies in Republican China. Lexington Books, 2008, 413-73.
"Horror and Atrocity: Memory of Japanese Imperialism in Chinese Museums." In Ching Kwan Lee and Guobin Yang, eds., Reinvisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China. Washington: Wilson Center Press, 2007, 245-86. Rpt. as "Heroic Resistance and Victims of Atrocity: Negotiaing the Memory of Japanese Imperialism in Chinese Museums." Japan Focus no. 2547 (October 2007).
"Museums, Memorials, and Exhibitionary Culture in the People's Republic of China." The China Quarterly 183 (Fall 2005): 565-86. Rpt in Culture in the Contemporary PRC. Eds. Michel Hockx and Julia Strauss. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005, 43-64.
"Lu Ling," Dictionary of Literary Biography-Modern Chinese Fiction Writers, 1900-1949. Ed. Thomas Moran. Detroit, Washington, London: Bruccoli Clark, forthcoming.
"Introduction" (Culture section). The Chinese: Adapting the Past, Facing the Future of 3rd edition. Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 2002, 395-409.
"Introduction/Historical Overview" (China Section). Joshua Mostow, ed. The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature: China. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003, 287-306.
"Romantic Sentiment and the Problem of the Subject." In Joshua Mostow, ed. The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature: China. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003, 378-384.
"Literature and Politics: Mao Zedong's 'Talks at the Yan'an Forum on Art and Literature.'" In Joshua Mostow, ed. The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature: China. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003, 463-469.
"Lianhuanhua (Serial Picture books) and Modern Chinese Literature." To appear in the forthcoming catalogue of the exhibition Literature in Line: Lianhuanhua Picture Stories from China, curated by Kuiyi Shen and Julia F. Andrews. The Ohio State University, April-June, 1997, forthcoming.
"Visual Memory and the Construction of a Revolutionary Past: Paintings from the Museum of the Chinese Revolution." Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 12, 2 (Fall 2000): 203-235.
"Introduction." Modern Chinese Literary Thought: Writings on Literature 1893-1945. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996, 1-61.
"1989 Democratic Movement and the May Fourth." Journal of Chinese Philosophy 20, 4 (Dec. 1993): 387-424.
"The Distant Shore: The Nationalist Theme in Yu Dafu's 'Sinking.'" Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, and Reviews 14 (Dec. 1992): 107-23
"Teaching Modern Chinese Literature in the Post-Modern Era." Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association 26, 2 (May 1991): 1-24.
"Lu Ling's Children of the Rich: The Role of Mind in Social Transformation." Modern Chinese Literature 5, 2 (Fall 1989): 269-92.
"Lu Ling's Literary Art: Myth and Symbol in Hungry Guo Su'e." Modern Chinese Literature 2, 2 (Fall 1986): 197-209.
"Model Drama as Myth: A Semiotic Analysis of Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy." In C. Tung and C. Mackerras, eds., Drama in the People's Republic of China. Buffalo: SUNY Press, 1987, 119-36.
"Jiang Qing and Her Husbands," by Sha Yexin. In Chen Xiaomei, ed. Reading the Right Text: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2003, 282-335.
Ten short poems by Yang Hua. In Michelle Yeh and Goran Malmqvist, eds. Anthology of Mocdern Chinese Poetry from Taiwan. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001, 55-58.
"Human, Demon, Love." By Dai Jinhua. In Jing Wang and Tani Barlow, eds., Cinema and Desire: Marxist Feminist and Cultural Politics in the Work of Dai Jinhua. London: Verso Press, 2001, 151-71.
Nine translations in Modern Chinese Literary Thought: Writings on Literature 1893-1945. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996.
"Impromptu Reflections No.38: On Conceitedness and Inheritance," by Lu Xun, Republican China (November, 1990) 90-97.
"Chinese Literature." In Lincoln Library of Essential Information. 44 th edition. Cleveland: Lincoln Library Press, 2005.
"Zhou Xuan." In Lily Lee, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women: Twentieth Century. Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 2003, 715-718.
"Feng Yuanjun." In Lily Lee, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women: Twentieth Century. Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 2003, 166-169.
"Lun Xun." In Paul Schellinger, ed. Encyclopedia of the Novel. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998, I: 784-785.
Selections in Edwin Pak-wah Leung, ed. Historical Dictionary of the Chinese Revolutionary China, 1839-1976. New York: Greenwood Press, 1992.
Selections in A Selective Guide to Chinese Literature 1900-1949. 4 vols. Leiden: Brill, 1989.
"Storm Under the Sun: An Introduction," liner notes to the DVD version of the documentary film Storm Under the Sun, directed by Peng Xiaolian and S. Louisa Wei.
MCLC Resource Center (extensive online bibliographies of modern Chinese cultural studies, including literature, film, music, and art)
Lu Xun Biography. MCLC Resource Center Publication (2002).
"Requisites for the New Literature," by Zhou Zuoren. Tr. Kirk A. Denton. MCLC Resource Center Publication (2000).
"Bibliography of Literature of the Sino-Japanese War (1937-45)." Modern Chinese Literature 5, 2 (Fall 1989): 325-32.
"Bibliography of Modern Chinese Literature and Film." AsianDoc 1, 2 (1998).
Literary Societies in Republican China: website accompanying the book of the same name.
Hillary du Cros and Yok-shiu F. Lee, eds. Cultural Heritage Management in China: Preserving the Cities of the Pearl River Delta. (Routledge, 2007). In The China Quarterly 192 (Dec. 2007): 1033-35.
Theodore Huters. Bringing the World Home: Appropriating the West in Late Qing and Early Republican China. (University of Hawai'i Press, 2005). In Journal of Asian Studies 65.1 (Feb. 2006): 166-68.
Bonnie McDougall. Love-Letters and Privacy in Modern China: The Intimate Lives of Lu Xun and Xu Guangping. In Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies Studies 64, 1 (June 2004): 167-175.
The Uses of Literature: Life in the Socialist Chinese Literary System (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000). By Perry Link. In Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 61, 2 (Fall 2001): 433-441.
The Literature of China in the Twentieth-Century. Bonnie S. McDougall and Kam Louie (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997). In China Quarterly 156 (Dec. 1998): 1074-76.
The Lyrical Lu Xun: A Study of His Classical-Style Verse. By Jon Kowallis (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1996). In Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association 32, 2 (May 1997): 117-20.
Running Wild. Tr and ed. Jeanne Tai and David Wang (New York: Columbia University Press, 1993). In China Review International 2, 2 (Fall 1995): 575-81.
Diary of a Madman and Other Stories. By Lu Xun. Tr. William Lyell. (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1990). Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, and Reviews 15 (1999): 174-76.
Michael Duke, ed. Modern Chinese Women Writers: Critical Appraisals (Armonk, NY: M.E.Sharpe, 1989). In Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association 25, 3 (Oct. 1990):89-92.
Nie Hualing, Mulberry and Peach: Two Women of China (Boston: Beacon Press, 1988). In Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association 24, 2 (May 1989):135-38.
"Memorializing the Dead: Martyrs Museums and Memorial Parks in the PRC and Taiwan." Rickett Memorial Lecture, University of Pennsylvania (Feb. 25, 2011)
"Exhibiting the Future: Urban Utopias in PRC Municipal Urban Planning Exhibition Halls." Putting China on Display: From 19th-Century Museums to 21st-Century Expos (Washington, DC; June, 2010)
"Exhibiting the Future: Urban Utopias in PRC Municipal Urban Planning Exhibition Halls." Inaugural Address (Ohio State University; April 28, 2010)
"Red Tourism: Revolutionary Memory and National Landscape." Red Legacy in China conference, (Harvard University; April 2-3, 2010)
"Exhibiting the Future: Municipal Urban Planning Centers in the PRC." Center for Humanities and Social Sciences Research, National Chung-hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan (Dec. 10)
"Martyrs and Memory: Monuments, Memorials, and Museums for Dead Heroes" [In Chinese]. Center for Humanities and Social Sciences Research, National Chung-hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan (Nov. 26)
"Modern Chinese Literature and Culture and Publishing in English in Modern Chinese Cultural Studies." Publishing Workshop, National Chung-hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan (Oct. 28, 2009)
"The Politics of Ethnographic Museums in the PRC and Taiwan." Conference on The Race in Culture: Ethnology and Empire in the Long Twentieth Century (The Ohio State University; May 1-2, 2009)
"Projecting the Future: Municipal Urban Planning Exhibition Halls in the PRC." Invited talk. University of Virginia (Nov. 18, 2008).
"Projecting the Future: Municipal Urban Planning Centers in the PRC." Modern China Seminar, Columbia University (Nov. 13, 2008)
"Museums, Memorial Sites, and Exhibitionary Culture in the PRC." Invited Talk. Academia Sinica (Taiwan; Dec. 2004).
"Museums, Memorial Sites, and Exhibitionary Culture in the PRC." China Quarterly Workshop on Arts and Culture in Contemporary China (Fairbank Center, Harvard University; Oct. 15-16, 2004)
"Revolutionary Memory and Postsocialist Nostalgia: Changing Representations of Modern History in PRC Museums." Invited Talk (EALC, Harvard University; Dec. 9, 2003)
"Revolutionary Memory and Postsocialist Nostalgia: Changing Representations of Modern History in PRC Museums."Chinese Museums in Time and Space Workshiop (Princeton University, Nov. 14, 2003)
"Museums and State Memory: The Construction of the Past in PRC Museums." Presented at Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University (May 9, 2003).
"Hu Feng and the July Writers: Genealogy of a Literary Group." Presented at Urban Cultural Institutions in Early Twentieth Century China, The Ohio State University (April 13, 2002).
"Literary Societies as Urban Cultural Institutions in Republican China." Presented in conjunction with the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Public Humanities, The Ohio State University (Oct. 2, 2001).
"The Museum of the Chinese Revolution and the Visual Construction of History." Rethinking Cultural Revolution Culture Workshop (Heidelberg, Feb. 22-24, 2001).
"Introduction: Literary Societies in Republican China." Panel on "Literary Societies of Republican China." Co-organized with Michel Hockx. Association for Asian Studies (March 2000).
"Visual Memory and the Construction of a Revolutionary Past: Paintings from the Museum of the Chinese Revolution." Visual Art as Cultural Memory in Modern China, The Ohio State University (October, 1999).
"Modern Chinese Literature and Lianhuan hua." A lecture presented in conjunction with Literature in Line: Lianhuan hua Picture Stories from China. The Ohio State University (April 25-June 17, 1997).
"Modern Chinese Literary Criticism: The Case of Hu Feng" presented at Second Conference of the American Association of the Chinese Comparative Literature, UCLA, March 20-22, 1992.
"Notes on Teaching Modern Chinese Literature in the Post-Modern Era." Presented at the Annual Conference of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, Nashville (November 16-18, 1990).
"The Distant Shore: National Allegory in Yu Dafu's 'Sinking.'" Presented at the Conference on Politics and Ideology in Modern Chinese Literature, Duke University, Durham (October 26-28, 1990).
"Madness and Chaos in Lu Ling's Children of the Rich." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, San Francisco (March 25-27, 1988).
"How Westerners Read Traditional Chinese Novels." Presented in Chinese at the Symposium on U.S.-Taiwan Relations, Taiwan National Political University (January, 1985).
"Model Drama as Myth: A Semiotic Analysis of Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy." Presented at the Colloquium on Contemporay Chinese Drama and Theater, State University of New York, Buffalo (October, 1984).
"Symbolism in Lu Ling's Novel Hungry Guo Su'e." Presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Asian Studies Association, University of Guelf (June, 1984).
Exhibiting the Past: Politics and Ideology in Museums in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong: A study of Chinese (PRC, Hong Kong, and Taiwan) museums and their representation of the past, particularly the modern past. The book will contain the following chapters: (1) Introduction, in which I set the discussion of Chinese museums in the larger context of museum studies and the ideological, political, social, and cultural function of museums and give a brief history of Chinese museums; (2) The Feudal Past and National Glory: Museums of Premodern Chinese History, with a focus on the National Museum of Chinese History in the Museum of Military History (both in Beijing) and the ambiguous representation of the past as the source of darkness and oppression and the object of national pride; (3) Revolutionary Memory and Nostalgia in Museums of Modern History, which presents two forms of memory at play in Chinese modern history museums: revolutionary memory and nostalgic forms of memory; will focus on the Museum of the Chinese Revolution, the Military History Museum, and the Shanghai Municipal History Museum; (4) Martyrdom and Memory: Memorial Sites, which will investigate the political and ideological role of martyrs and martyrs memorials in the PRC and Taiwan, with a focus on Longhua Martyrs Park, Nanjing Massacre Museum, Yuhuatai Martyrs Park, the Taipei 2-28 Memorial Museum, and a variety of smaller sites devoted to martyrs; (5) Literature and Politics: Literary Museums, to examine the politicized nature of literary history as presented in these museums, with a focus on the Museum of Modern Chinese Literature, National Museum of Taiwan Literature; Museum of the League of Left-Wing Writers; three Lu Xun museums; and a variety of smaller museums devoted to other writers; (6) The Construction of a Taiwanese Identity, aboriginal cultures have, in recent years, become the focus of a unique Taiwanese cultural identity that seeks to set Taiwan apart from the mainland; in this chapter I examine the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines; at the same time as it is forging an “indigenous” culture, Taiwan’s recent identity formation also looks outward toward the world; the Museum of World Religions is typical in this regard; (7) Hong Kong and the Colonial Past and Present, which will look at two history museums—the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum—and their representation of Hong Kong’s colonial past, its difficult relationship with the PRC, and changes in those representations since the mainland “takeover”; (8) Exhibiting the Future, a look at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, a museum that projects the future of Shanghai in a cornucopia of multimedia exhibit