Prof Yiyan Wang

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Director of Asian Languages and Cultures School of Languages and Cultures


Teaching in 2019


BA Sichuan University, MA University of Adelaide, PhD University of Sydney


Yiyan Wang is Professor of Chinese and the Chinese Programme Director in the School of Languages and Cultures. She has published widely on modern Chinese literature and culture and she is the author of Narrating China: Jia Pingwa and His Fictional World’ (Routlege 2006). She is also interested in modern Chinese intellectual history and Chinese diaspora studies.

Current research projects

  • “Painting China Modern: an Intellectual History of Modern Chinese Art 1900-1930”. The project examines how and why drastic changes in art and art practice occurred in China at the beginning of the twentieth century;
  • “Local Stories and National Identity: Competing National Narratives in Contemporary Chinese Nativist Fiction”. This project studies the intricate and intimate connection between literary nativism, regional identification and national belonging in contemporary Chinese fiction.

Research supervision

  • Modern and contemporary Chinese literature
  • Modern Chinese society, culture and history
  • Chinese visual art studies
  • Chinese diaspora studies
  • Comparative literary studies

Selection of publications

“Wenhua yichan guanjianci: diguo” (Key words in cultural heritage: Empire). National Arts. Vol. 130 (2016), 57-62.

“Fiction in Modern China: Modernity through Story Telling”, Blackwell Companion to Modern Chinese Literature, ed. Zhang Yingjin. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2015, 195-213.

“Art and Chinese Modernity in Connection with Lyon”, Transtext (e)s Transcultures. 2015.

“Xiaoshuo jueqi: Zhongguo wenxue de xiandaixing yu xushi de bainian hudong” (The rise of fiction: on the interactions between narratives and Chinese literary modernity). Zhongwai Wenlun (Cultures and critical theory from China and elsewhere), vol. 31, 2015, 143-160.

“Ethnography in the Dust: a Brief Discussion on Alai’s Local Novels”, Cultural Heritage Studies, vol. 4. Chengdu: Bashu shushe, 2014, 53-69.

“The Presentation of China from a Cross-Cultural Perspective”, interview of Yiyan Wang by Lu Aning and Wang Lu, Sichuan University, Cultural Heritage Studies, vol. 3. Chengdu: Bashu shushe, 2014, 142-148.

“Lishi jiyi de kongque zhiyi: Gonggong zhishifenzi Xu Zhimo” (Missing Narratives of Modern Chinese Intellectual History: Xu Zhimo as public intellectual), Cultural Heritage Studies, vol. 2, 2013, Chengdu: Sichuan chubanjituan, 143-153.

“Jia Pingwa”. Dictionary of Literary Biography: Chinese Fiction Writers, 1950-2000. eds. Thomas Moran and Ye Xu. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2013, 111-120.

“The Politics of Representing Tibet: Alai’s Tibetan Native-Place Stories”. Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. vol. 25 no. 1 (Spring 2013), 96-130.

“Tyranny of the Taste: Chinese-Australian Artists on the World Stage”, Diasporic Chinesseness After the Rise of China. eds. Kam Louie et al, Vancouver: British Columbia University Press, 2013, 155-170.

“Shanghai liulian: Shi Zhicun duanpain xiaoshuo zhongde dushi manyouzhe”(Wandering in Shanghai: the flaneurs Shi Zhicun’s short stories). Zhongguo xiandai wenxue yanjiu congkan (modern Chinese literary studies), vol. 157, no. 8, 2012, 99-110.

“Modernism and its Discontent in Shanghai: the Dubious Agency of the Semi-colonized in 1929” in Bryna Goodman and David Goodman, eds, Twentieth Century Colonialism and China: Localities, the Everyday, and the World. London: Routledge, 2012, 167-179.

“The Chinese Novel”, The Encyclopaedia of the Novel, ed. Peter Melville Logan, Oxford: Wiley Publishing House, 2011, 178-180.

“Ruthless Tyrant or compassionate Hero?: Chinese Popular Nationalism and the Myth of State Origins” in Gary D. Rawnsley and Ming-Yeh T. Rawnsley, eds, Global Chinese Cinema: the Culture and Politics of Hero. London: Routledge, 2010, 43-52.

“Rules of Art: Cultural Citizenship and Multicultural Aesthetics in Australia”, Cultural Studies and Literary Theory, no. 16 (2008), 248-264.

“Shihuang yu cike: Zhongguo guozu yingxiong ji guojia qiyuan de biaoshu” (Emperor Qin and his assassins: China’s national hero and expressions of statism). Journal of Guangxi University for Nationalities. vol. 30, no.5 (Sept. 2008), 26-31.

“Venturing into Shanghai: the Flâneur in Two of Shi Zhicun’s Short Stories”, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, vol. 19, no. 2 (Fall 2007), 34-70.“Literary Nativism, the Native Place and Modern Chinese Fiction”, Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, vol. 4, no. 1 (2007)

“Shanghai Modernity: Women and the Practice of Everyday Life”, Literature and Aesthetics, vol. 17, no 1, 2007: 173-188. Narrating China: the Fictional World of Jia Pingwa, London: Routledge, 2006.


Teaching in 2019