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Xudong Zhang

Professor of East Asian Studies , Comparative Literature

Ph.D. 1995 (Literature), Duke
B.A. 1986 (Chinese Language and Literature), Peking University

Office Address: 

19 University Pl, 510





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.

Affiliated with other departments or programs:

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; honorary Dean and Chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Chongqing 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 Brill.

Curriculum Vitae

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  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, co-ed: NAKAJIMA Takahiro , ZHANG Xudong, & JIANG Hui, Tokyo: The University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy, 2011. ISSN: 1882-742X

  Duihua qimeng shidai 对话启蒙时代 (A Discourse on The Age of Enlightenment), Xudong Zhang & Wang Anyi, Beijing: Sanlian shudian, 2008.  ISBN 978-7-108-02952-2

  Postsocialism and Cultural Politics: China in the Last Decade of the Twentieth Century, Duke University Press, 2008. 


  Qidi 启迪 (Illuminations: Essays and Reflections by Walter Benjamin), edited by Hannah Arendt, translated by Xuodong Zhang and Ban Wang, with an introduction by Xudong Zhang. Paperback edition issued by OUP (Hong Kong) in 1998. Reprint. Simplified (mainland Chinese) edition: Beijing: Sanlian shudian, 2008. ISBN 978-7-108-02920

Reprint. Hong Kong: Oxford Univeristy Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-19-398932-0

  Letters from New York, Shanghai: Shanghai Bookstore Publishing House, 2006.

  Quanqiuhua shidai de wenhua rentong (Cultural Identity in the Age of Globalization), Beijing: Peking University Press, 2005.

2nd edition, 2006 (ISBN:7301081499)

  Whither China: Intellectual Politics of Contemporary China, edited and introduced by Xudong Zhang, Duke University Press, 2002. (ISBN 0822326485)

  Postmodernism and China, co-edited with Arif Dirlik, Duke University Press, 2000. (ISBN 0822325446)

  Chinese Modernism in the Era of Reforms: Cultural Fever, Avant-garde Fiction, and New Chinese Cinema, Duke University Press, 1997. (ISBN: 0822318466)

  Pi Ping De Zong Ji, Beijing: San Lian Shu Dian, 2003. (ISBN: 7108018624)

  Huan Xiang De Zhi Xu, Oxford University Press, 1997. (ISBN: 019586008X)


  Jameson, Fredric. The Cultural Logic of the Late Capitalism (Wan Qi Zi Ben Zhu Yi De Wen Hua Luo Ji) (Xudong Zhang, editor.) Oxford University Press, 1996. (ISBN: 0195864824)

Reprint. Oxford University Press, 1997. (ISBN: 7108011034)


  Benjamin, Walter. Charles Baudelaire (Xudong Zhang, trans.). San Lian Shu Dian, 1989. (ISBN: 7108001535)

Reprint. San Lian Shu Dian, 2007. (ISBN: 9787108001535)
Updated on 11/03/2016