Hui "Faye" Xiao

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Ph.D. in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, 2009

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)    


Hui Faye Xiao is Associate Professor of modem Chinese literature and culture at the University of Kansas. She has published a book Family Revolution: Marital Strife in Contemporary Chinese Literature and Visual Culture (University of Washington Press, 2014), and articles in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC), Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Journal of Contemporary China, Chinese Films in Focus II,  Gender and Modernity in Global Youth Cultures, and Transforming Book Culture in China, 1600–2016. Currently she is working on a new book project about youth culture in contemporary China.

Recent and Selected Publications

“Gendered Spirituality, and Acoustic Imagination: ‘Life on a String’ from Fiction to Screen.” Chinese Literature Today 6. 1 (2017): 56-67.

“From New Concept to Youth Economy: The Rise and Crisis of the Me Generation” in Transforming Book Culture in China, 1600–2016 (The 2016 Yearbook of the International Society for Book Studies [IBG]), edited by Daria Berg and Giorgio Strafella, 147-172. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Publishing House, 2016.

Family Revolution: Marital Strife in Contemporary Chinese Literature and Visual Culture. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2014.

“Androgynous Beauty, Virtual Community: Stardom, Fandom and Chinese Reality Shows under Globalization.” In Super Girls, Gangstas, Freeters, and Xenomaniacs: Gender and Modernity in Youth Cultures, edited by Karen Brison and Susan Dewey, 104-124. Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2012.

“Science and Poetry: Narrativizing Marital Crisis in Reform-Era Rural China.” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 23. 2 (2011): 146-174.

Current Projects

Single-Authored Monograph: Morning Sun in the Tiny Times: Redefining Chinese Youth Culture in the New Millennium (in progress)

Edited Volume: Feminisms with Chinese Characteristics: 1995-2017 (Co-edited with Ping Zhu, in progress)

Recent Courses Taught

EALC 121: Introduction to Contemporary China

EALC 318/518: Modern Chinese Fiction and Film

EALC 319/519: Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film

EALC 578: Gender and Society in Modern China

EALC 590: Chinese Popular Culture

EALC 545: Chinese Cinema

CHIN 562: Modern Chinese Texts I

CHIN 564: Modern Chinese Texts II

Areas of Interest

Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature

Chinese Cinema

Youth Culture

Media Studies

Gender and Women’s Studies

Marriage, Family and Society

Urban Culture 


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