Kirk Denton (邓腾克)

Professor in Chinese / Undergraduate Director
Faculty

Spring Semester 2016 Office Hours: Thursday 2:30-4:00


Kirk Denton specializes in the fiction and literary criticism of the Republican period (1911-1949). He regularly teaches undergraduate courses in modern Chinese literature in translation, Asian American film, and Chinese film, as well as graduate courses and seminars on modern Chinese fiction, the writer Lu Xun, popular culture, Taiwan literature, and Chinese film. He is especially interested in the inception and formation of a discourse of modernity in the May Fourth period and how that discourse was to some degree informed and shaped by traditional concerns. Denton's edited collection, Modern Chinese Literary Thought: Writings on Literature. 1893-1945, was published by Stanford University Press in 1996. Two years later, his The Problematic of Self in Modern Chinese Literature: Hu Feng and Lu Ling was also published by Stanford. He is associate editor of the Chinese section of The Columbia Companion to Modern East Literature (Columbia, 2003) and a coeditor of China: Adapting the Past, Confronting the Future (Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 2002). He is co-editor, with Michel Hockx, of Literary Societies in Republican China (Lexington, 2008). He also edited China: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Whereabouts, 2008) and The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature (2016). He also edited Betweeen Tradition and Modernity: Essays in Commemoration of Milena Doležalová-Velingerová (1932-2012) (Karolinum Press, 2016). He has published several articles on museum culture, including in The China Quarterly and Japan Focus, and a book on the politics of historical representation in museums and memorial sites, entitled Exhibiting the Past: Historical Memory and the Politics of Museums in Postsocialist China (University of Hawaii Press, 2014). He is currently working on a book on the politics of historical memory in museums in post-martial law Taiwan. Denton is editor of the journal Modern Chinese Literature and Culture and manager of the online MCLC Resource Center, which hosts the MCLC LIST, a listserv devoted to scholarly discussion on the culture of modern and contemporary China. Denton has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and National Chung-hsing University.

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邓腾克教授专门研究民国时期的中国现代文学与当代大中华的博物馆文化和历史记忆。他是《中国现代文学与文化》的主编。2011年,吉林大学王桂妹教授采访邓教授

Areas of Expertise
  • Historical memory in Greater China (大中华历史记忆)
  • Modern Chinese literature (中国现代文学)
Education
  • M.A. Chinese literature, 1983, University of Toronto
  • Ph.D., Modern Chinese literature, 1988, University of Toronto

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