Eileen J. Cheng

Professor of Chinese; Chair of Asian Languages and Literature
With Pomona Since: 2003
  • Expertise

    Expertise

    Eileen Cheng’s current research focuses on Lu Xun (1881-1936), known as the father of modern Chinese literature, and his reflections on the effects, both intended and unintended, of importing Western thought and theories on Chinese culture.

    Research Interests

    Lu Xun (1881-1936), known as the father of modern Chinese literature

    Areas of Expertise

    CHINESE

    • Chinese Language
    • Gender and Nationalism in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture
  • Work

    Work

    Wild Grass/Morning Blossoms Gathered at Dusk by Lu Xun (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press), forthcoming.

    Invited roundtable speaker for BBC Forum Podcast on “Lu Xun: Writing the Story of New China.” (February 14, 2019)

    Jottings Under Lamplight by Lu Xun, co-edited with Kirk Denton (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press), 2017. 

    “The Afterlife of Texts.” An essay on Lu Xun in A New Literary History of Modern China. Edited by David Der-wei Wang. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press), 2017, 432-436.

    “Performing the Revolutionary: Lu Xun and the Meiji Discourse on Masculinity.” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (Spring 2015), 1-43.

    “‘In Search of New Voices from Alien Lands’: Lu Xun, Cultural Exchange, and the Myth of Sino-Japanese Friendship.” Journal of Asian Studies, (August 2014), 589-618.

    Literary Remains: Death, Trauma, and Lu Xun's Refusal to Mourn. University of Hawaii Press, 2013.

    "Records of a Minor Historian: Lu Xun on Zhang Taiyan.” Special issue on Lu Xun and Zhang Taiyan in Frontiers of Literary Studies in China 7:3 (September 2013).

    “The Madman’s Cry and Nora’s Gesture: The Double Tragedy of New Literature.” Chinese Literature: Conversations between Tradition and Modernity (Qian Nanxiu and Zhang Hongsheng, eds., Shanghai: Guji chubanshe, 2007).

    “Virtue in Silence: Voice and Femininity in Ling Shuhua’s Boudoir Fiction,” Nannü: Men, women and gender in China (October 2007).

    “Recycling the Scholar-Beauty Narrative: Lu Xun on Love in an Age of Mechanical Reproductions,” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 18:2 (Fall 2006).

  • Education

    Education

    2003, Ph.D., East Asian Languages and Cultures (Modern Chinese Literatures)
    University of California, Los Angeles

    1997, Master of Arts, East Asian Languages and Cultures (Modern Chinese Literatures)
    University of California, Los Angeles

    1992, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Elementary Chinese
    • Readings in Modern Chinese Lit
    • City in Chinese Lit and Film
    • Gender in Modern Chinese Lit