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Research Expertise and Interest

pre-modern drama and fiction, women's writing, sex and gender, history and theory of emotion, 19th and 20th century media culture, critical theory

Research Description

Ling Hon Lam is an associate professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Culture.  His research and teaching interests cover premodern drama and fiction, women's writing, sex and gender, history and theory of emotion, nineteenth- and twentieth-century media culture, and critical theories. He is the author of The Spatiality of Emotion in Early Modern China: From Dreamscapes to Theatricality (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018). His other publications include “The Matriarch's Private Ears: Performance, Reading, Censorship, and the Fabrication of Interiority in The Story of the Stone” (HJAS 65.2), “Reading off the Screen: Toward Cinematic Il-literacy in Late 1950s Chinese Opera Film” (Opera Quarterly 26.2-3), “A Case of the Chinese (Dis)order? The Haoqiu zhuan and the Competing Forms of Knowledge in European and Japanese Readings” (East Asian Publishing and Society 3), “The Peony Pavilion: Emotions, Dreams, and Spectatorship” (How to Read Chinese Drama), “Borrowed Time and Infinitude: Narrative, Media, and the Body in the Jin Ping Mei” (Approaches to Teaching the Jin Ping Mei), and “‘Stone’s New Clothes: ‘Red Chamber’ Films at Recent Present, 1920s and 50s” (Nanyang Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture). His new project is concerned about media forms, energy, and information in early modern China.

Professor Ling Hon Lam received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He was an An Wang postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and a Newhouse Research Fellow at Wellesley College in 2010-11 and an Associate Professor Fellow at the Townsend Center of the Humanities in 2012-13.

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