Professor of Comparative Literature & East Asian Studies; Director of China House
Xudong Zhang is Professor of Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies at NYU, and founding director of the International Center for Critical Theory (a consortium of Peking University, New York University, University of Tokyo and Eastern China Normal University). He is also Director of China House NYU. He has published widely on critical theory and transcultural comparisons of Chinese and European modernities.
Ph.D. 1995, Literature, Duke
B.A. 1986, Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University
Areas of Research/Interest
Xudong Zhang’s research interests include critical theory; modernism and modernity; theories of representation, narrative, and interpretation; political philosophy; aesthetics; and twentieth century Chinese literature and culture. Of his ongoing concerns are literary criticism and theory as poetics, socio-ontology, and historiography in one; identity and identity-formation in politico-philosophical and cultural-civilizational contexts; a theory of comparison and comparability; and methodological reconsiderations of area studies. Publishing in both English- and Chinese-speaking worlds, he is currently at work on manuscripts on Hegel’s aesthetics; Lu Xun; and the second volume of/sequel to his 2005/06 book, Cultural Politics in the Age of Globalization.
Zhang is Director of NYU China House; a member of the Advisory Board of the Berggruen Institute of Philosophy and Culture; a member of the International Academic Advisory Committee of Yenching Academy, Peking University; and the founding Director of International Center for Critical Theory (ICCT), a research and joint-training consortium consisting of NYU, East China Normal University (Shanghai), University of Tokyo, and Peking University where he is a Visiting University Chair Professor in the Humanities. He is also the Editor of Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, a peer-reviewed, English-language quarterly published by Higher Education Press in Beijing.
Department of Social & Cultural Analysis
Cultural Politics and the Chinese Way
Shanghai: Century Publications Group, Shanghai People's Press, 2015. ISBN 978-7-208-13169/D2714. 427pp.
Tradition and Formal Innovation--Essays from the Inaugural Himalayas Cultural Forum, edited with and introduction by Xudong Zhang
Shanghai: Century Publications Group, Shanghai People's Press, 2015. ISBN 978-7-208-13140-8/G1728. 148pp.
Literature and Its Times: Essays, Symposia, and Interviews on Republic of Wine and Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out
co-authored by Xudong Zhang and Mo Yan (我们时代的写作——对话《酒国》《生死疲劳》
Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780192990265
ICCT series 1: Rethinking Enlightenment in Global and Historical Contexts