Associate Professor Yi Zheng

Associate Professor, Chinese and Comparative Literature
PhD, the University of Pittsburgh
School of Humanities & Languages


9385 1730
Room 253, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Cultural Studies, Literature in Chinese, Comparative Literature Studies
Tags: Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture, Communication Across Languages and Culture, Languages and Literature


PhD, the University of Pittsburgh

Research fields: modern Chinese literature, comparative literature, intellectual history, aesthetics, cultural studies

Postgraduate supervision interests: modern Chinese literature, comparative literature, cultural and intellectual history, Chinese cultural studies



    Book Chapters

    • Zheng Y, 2016, '“The Province, Other Worlds and Revolution (省城,他乡,革命)"', in Iwasa Masaaki 岩佐昌暲; Li Yi 李怡 (ed.), The Dancing Table: Late Qing and Early Republican Chinese Students in Japan and Modern Chinese Literature (清末民初赴日留学生与中国现代文学), edn. 1, Huamulan wenhua chubanshe, Taipei, pp. 219 - 228
    • Zheng Y, 2015, 'The World of Twentieth-Century Chinese Popular Fiction: From Shanghai Express to Rivers and Lakes of Knights-Errant', in A Companion to Modern Chinese Literature, pp. 244 - 260,
    • Zheng Y;Gal O, 2014, 'Global Motion and the Production of Knowledge', in Gal O; Zheng Y (ed.), Motion and Knowledge in the Changing Early Modern World: Orbits, Routes and Vessels, edn. 1, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 1 - 14,
    • Zheng Y, 2014, 'Xu Xiake's Travel Notes: Motion, Records and Genre Change', in Gal O; Zheng YZ (ed.), Motion and Knowledge in the Changing Early Modern World: Orbits, Routes and Vessels, edn. 1, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 31 - 45,
    • Zheng Y, 2012, 'Historical Crisis and New Poetic Spirit', in Fujita R (ed.), Issues of Far Eastern Literatures, edn. 1, St. Pertersburgh University Press, St. Petersburgh, pp. 251 - 272
    • Donald SH;Zheng Y, 2010, 'Chinese Modernisms', in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms,
    • Donald SH;Zheng Y, 2010, 'Chinese Modernisms', in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms, Oxford University Press,
    • Zheng Y, 2009, 'À La Mode: the Provincial Cosmopolitan', in Donald SH; Kofman E (ed.), Branding Cities: Cosmopolitanism, Parochialism, and Social Change, edn. 1, Routledge, London, pp. 172 - 188
    • Donald SH;Yi Z, 2008, 'Richer than before - the cultivation of middle-class taste: Education choices in Urban China', in The New Rich in China: Future Rulers, Present Lives, pp. 71 - 82,
    • Zheng Y, 2007, 'Wenrenjingshen yu houshehuizuyiqingqu: sanwen wenhua piping (Literati Spirit and Post-socialist Taste: on Contemporary Chinese Essay Culture', in Nanxiu Q; Hongshen Z (ed.), Zhongguowenxue: chuantong yu xiandai de duihua (Chinese Literature: Dialogue between Tradition and Modernity, edn. 1, shanghai guji zubanshe (Shanghai Classics Publishing House), Shanghai, pp. 628 - 641
    • Zheng Y, 2004, 'The Romantic Transfiguration of a Sublime Poetics', in Baillie C; Dunn E; Zheng Y (ed.), Travelling Facts: The Social Construction, Distribution, and Accumulation of Knowledge, edn. 1st, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt, pp. 92 - 123
    • Zheng Y, 2003, 'Cultural Traditions and Contemporaneity : the Case of the New Confucianist Debate', in Lepenies W (ed.), Entangled Histories and Negotiated Universals: Centers and Peripheries in a Changing World, edn. 1st, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt, pp. 310 - 336
    • Zheng Y, 2001, 'Cultural Tradition and Modern Confucianism', in Szegedy-Maszák M (ed.), National Heritage and National Canon, edn. 1st, Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest, pp. 145 - 176
    • Zheng Y, 1997, 'Narrative Images of the Historical Passion: those Other Women—On the Alterity in the New Wave of the Chinese Cinema', in Lu SH (ed.), Transnational Chinese Cinema: Identity, Nationhood and Gender, edn. 1, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, pp. 347 - 360

    Journal articles



    • Zheng Y, 2017, On Ping Zhu's Gender and Subjectivities in Early Twentieth-Century Chinese Literature and Culture,
    • Zheng Y, 2016, Public Discourses of Contemporary China: The Narration of the Nation in Popular Literatures, Film, and Television, UNIV CHICAGO PRESS,
    • Zheng Y, 2011, “On Frederic E. Wakeman’s Telling Chinese History: A Selection of Essays”
    • Zheng Y, 2011, “On Yingjin Zhang’s Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China,”
    • Zheng Y, 2008, “On Shu-Mei Shih’s Visuality and Identity: Sinophone Articulations across the Pacific”


Yi Zheng teaches undergraduate courses in Chinese Studies subjects. Her postgraduate supervision interests include: modern Chinese literature, cultural history, intellectual history, comparative and Chinese cultural studies, contemporary Chinese culture and society.

Honours and prizes

2010 (Dec.)-2011 (March)          Senior (Visiting) Fellow, Asia Research Institute, the National University of Singapore

2009  (July-August)       Guest Scholar, Centre for Literary and Cultural Research, Berlin

1999-2000                   Agora Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Studies), Berlin

2000 (winter)              Senior Fellow, Collegium Budapest (Institute for Advanced Studies), Budapest

1997-1998                   Post-doctoral Fellow, Porter Institute for Comparative Poetics, Tel Aviv University

1996-1997                   Visiting Fellow, JFK Institute, Freie Universität, Berlin        

1989-1990                   Fulbright Graduate Scholar, US Information Agency

Affiliations and membership

Australian Association for Chinese Studies, Asian Studies Association, American Comparative Literature Association