Eileen J. Cheng

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

    Expertise

    Eileen J. Cheng has translated and published extensively on the works of Lu Xun (1881-1936), known as the father of modern Chinese literature. Currently she is exploring the topic of “What It Means to Be Human” in Lu Xun’s works.

    Research Interests

    • Lu Xun (1881-1936)
    • Eileen Chang (1920-1995)
    • Gender and Nationalism in Modern China

    Areas of Expertise

    CHINESE

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

    Work

    Wild Grass/Morning Blossoms Gathered at Dusk by Lu Xun (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press), forthcoming September 2022.

    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

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

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

    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