Ming Gu

Professor - Arts And Humanities

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Chinese and Comparative Literature
University of Chicago - 1999
M.A. - Chinese Literature
University of Wisconsin-Madison - 1996
M.A. - English Literature
University of Kent at Canterbury, England - 1987

Publications

Sinologism: An Alternative to Orientalism and Postcolonialism (Routledge, 2012); 2012 - Publication
From Yuanqi (Primal Energy) to Wenqi (Literary Pneuma): A Philosophical Study of A Chinese Aesthetic. forthcoming in Pliilosopliv East & West. 59.1 (Jan. 2009). 2009 - Publication
Sinologism: An Alternative to Orientalism and Postcolonialism (Routledge, 2012) 2009 - Publication
The Anxiety of Originality: Multiple Approaches to Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies (in Chinese, Nanjing University Press 2009) 2009 - Publication
Dui Zhong-Xi yanjiu zhong yixie wenhua lilun wenti de sikao (Reflections on the Problems Concerning Some Cultural Theories in China-West Studies, forthcoming in Jiangsu shehui kexue (Jiangsu Social Sciences), No. 3 (2007). 2007 - Publication
The Impact of Family Structure on Oedipal Forms in an Oriental Culture: A Case Study of Literary Data in China's Greatest Classical Novel. forthcoming in Frank Columbus, ed., Family Relations: Behavioral, Psychological and Sociological Aspects (Haupauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 2007). 2007 - Publication
Lu Xun and Modernisnr/Postmodernism. forthcoming in Modern Language Quarterly, 68.4 (2007). 2007 - Publication
Theory of Fiction: A Non-Western Narrative Tradition, Narrative 14.3 (2006): 313-340. 2006 - Publication
Chinese Theories of Ficrioin: A Non-Western Narrative System (Albany, NY: State University of New York Prss, 2006). pp. 286. 2006 - Publication
The Filial Piety Complex: Variations ofthe Oedipus Theme in Chinese Literature and Culture. Psychoanalytic Quarterly. vol. 75. no. 1 (2006): 163-195. 2006 - Publication

Additional Information

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Ming Dong Gu is professor of Chinese and comparative literature and a special consultant to Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, responsible for choosing the first Chinese theorist for the new edition and writing an introduction. He has authored, edited and translated 10 books, and published over 70 journal articles and book chapters.  His authored books include:

  • Sinologism: An Alternative to Orientalism and Postcolonialism (Routledge, 2012);

  • The Anxiety of Originality: Multiple Approaches to Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies (in Chinese, Nanjing University Press 2009);

  • Â Chinese Theories of Fiction: A Non-Western Narrative System (SUNY Press 2006);

  • Chinese Theories of Reading and Writing: A Route to Hermeneutics and Open Poetics (SUNY Press 2005).

His English articles have appeared in New Literary History, Poetics Today, Diacritics, Narrative, Modern Language Quarterly, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Journal of Aesthetic Education, Philosophy East & West (three articles), Journal of Chinese Philosophy (four articles), Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature (two articles), Yearbook of Comparative Literature, Literature and Psychology, D. H. Lawrence Review (two articles), Journal of Oriental Studies, Journal of Asian Studies, Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews, Monumenta Serica, Tamkang Review (two articles), and Translation Review. 

His Chinese articles were published in (Literary Review) (two articles), (Literature and Art Studies) (two articles), (Theoretical Studies of Literature and Art) (two articles),(Journal of Peking University) (two articles),(Journal of Nanjing University) (two articles),(Journal of Tsinghua University), (Journal of Dr. Sun Yat-sen University) (three articles), (Academic Monthly), (Jiangsu Social Sciences), (Social Science Front), (Hundred Schools of Art) (two articles), (Chinese Comparative Literature), (Cross-Cultural Dialogues), (Foreign Literature), (Contemporary Foreign Literature), (Foreign Language Teaching and Research), (Foreign Languages) (two articles), (Modern Foreign Languages), and other Chinese journals.
Research and Professional Experience
  • 1 ) Panel Organizer. Chair, and Discussant
    • March 22-25, 2007 - Organizer and chair of Panel 224, "Across lnvisible Divides in Chinese Fiction Studies," the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Boston.
    • April 6-9, 2006 — Organizer of Panel 174, “‘Chinese Fiction and Other Forms of Writing: Some Critical and Theoretical Considerations? the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference. San Francisco.
    • June 25, 2005 —Discussant for a panel on fiction at the lnternational Conference on "Chinese Literature: Dialogues Between Tradition and Modernity," Nanjing, China.
    • April 3, 2005 — Discussant for Panel 176, "Socialist Feminist in East Asia," the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Chicago.
    • June 11-14. 2004 —Discussant to a plenary session for the International Conference on "Critical lnquiry: End of Theory?" in Beijing, jointly held by Tsinghua University and University of Chicago.
    • August 15-18, 2002 — Discussant for a panel ‘“Cross-Cultural Dialogue: Conflict and Confusion" at the international conference, "Beginning of the New Century: Comparative Literature in a Cross-cultural Context," Nanjing. China.
    • April 4-7, 2002 - Organizer of Panel 138. "Perspectives and Problematics in the Chinese Theories of Reading." for the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Washington D.C .
    • March 22-25. 2001- Organizer of Panel 36, "Carronical Texts and Contemporary Theories: A Chinese Connection," for the Association for Asian Studies Annual C onterence, Chicago.
    • July 28- Aug. 1 2000 - Chair of two parallel sessions at the lnternational Conference on the "Future of Literary Theory," held in Beijing, China, jointly organized by Beijing Language and Culture University and the University of California-Ervine.
    • March 2000 - Organizer of Panel 162, "Bridging the Gap between Traditional Scholarship and Contemporary Theories in Chinese Literary Studies" for the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference. San Diego.
    • March 1999 - Organizer of Panel 6, "Redology beyond the Fin-de-Siecle" at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference. Boston.
    • March 1998 - Organizer of Panel 169, "Wen and lts lmpact on the Development of Chinese Literary Thought" at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Washington D.C .
    • Oct. 1992 - Chaired a panel, "Chinese Reform and Economics" at the 10th lnternational Conference of Third World Studies, Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A.
  • 2) Lectures and Presentations at Academic lnstitutions and Conferences:
    • March 22-25. 2007 — presented ‘“Lu Xun`s Old Tales Retold: Modernist Experiments with Border Crossing." at the Association ter Asian Studies Annual Conference, Boston.
    • January 12-14. 2006 — presented "The Theory of the Dao/Taiji: A Conceptual Model of the Mind?" at the 2006 Southeastern Association of Asian Studies annual conference, Nashville.
    • June 12, 2006 — Invited Lecture. ‘“The Filial Piety Complex: Oedipus Disrigured in Chinese Literature and Culture," Nanjing University. China.
    • June 8. 2006 — Invited lecture. "Limits and Limitations of Some Cultural Theories in East and West Studies." Nanjing University, China.
    • June 3. 2006 — Keynote speaker. "Resistance to Theory and Paradigm Formation in the Age after Theory." at the Conference on "The Cultural Perspective of Contemporary English Literature in English Speaking Countries." Nanjing. China.
    • May 27. 2006 — Presented "Retlections on the Changes and Challenges in Chinese Fiction Studies." Symposium on Pleasure and Passion in Chinese Literature in honor of Prof Anthony C. Yu, University of Chicago.
    • April 8. 2006 — Presented ““The Aesthetic Turn in Xiaoshuo: Poeticization of Fiction in Chinese Tradition" at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, San Francisco.
    • March 26-20. 2006 — Presented "The Divine and Human Creativity in Literature and Art" at the 2006 American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, Princeton University.
    • November 28. 2005 — Presented "The Divine and Artistic Ideal in Chinese and Western Aesthetic Thought." Victoria University of Wellington. New Zealand.
    • June 23-26. 2005 — Presented "The Continuity of Mirnetic Theory in Chinese Literary Thought," at the International Conference on "Chinese Literature: Dialogues between Tradition and Modernity." jointly held by Nanjing University and the American Chinese Literature and Comparative Literature Association.
    • June 17. 2004 — Invited lecture. "Paradigm Formation in Cross—cultural Studies," Southeastern University. Nanjing, China.
    • June 11-14. 2004 — Presented "Theory and Its Discontent"at the International Conference on "Critical Inquiry: End of Theory?" in Beijing. jointly held by Tsinghua University and University of Chicago.
    • March 5-7. 2004 — Presented "Ezra Pound's Rendition of the Shijing: A Translation or Something Else," at the Association ter Asian Studies Annual Conference. San Diego.
    • October 20. 2003 — Invited lecture: "Is Oedipal Theme in Literature Universal: A Chinese View." presented at the Convocation Lecture Series of Belmont University. Nashville.
    • June 5-7. 2003 — Presented a paper. "The Impact of Daoist Metaphysics on a Chinese Aesthetic" at the Conference. "Daoism and the Contemporary World," Boston. USA.
    • August 15-18. 2002 - Presented a paper, "ls Mirnetic Theory Alien to Chinese Aesthetic Thought" at the international conference. ““Beginning of the New Century: Comparative Literature in a Cross-cultural Context." held in Nanjing. China.
    • April 4-7. 2002 — Presented a paper. "Early Chinese Theories of Reading: A Conceptual lnquiry." at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Washington D.C.
    • September 3-5. 2001 — Presented a paper. "The Taiji Diagram as a Meta-Sign in Chinese Thouglit." at the European and North American Exchanges in East Asian Studies Conference, entitled "From Image to Action: The Dynamics of Visual Representation in Chinese Intellectual and Religious Culture." Paris. France.
    • August 9-12. 2001 — Presented a paper, "Aesthetic Suggestiveness in Early Chinese Thought." at the 2nd International Convention of Asian Scholars. Berlin. Germany.
    • March 22-25. 2001 — Presented a paper. "Intertextual Dissemination: Re-Reading the Great Preface to the Book of Song at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Chicago.
    • August 2000 - Presented a paper. "The Dao. Logos. and Sign: Towards a Conceptual Cornmon Ground in China and West Studies" at the International Conference on "The Future of Literary Theory." Beijing. China.
    • April. 2000 — Presented "Reconceptualizing the Divide between Chinese and Western Written Dept. of East Asian Studies. Princeton University.
    • March 2000 - Presented a paper. "Theories of Literary Openness in Chinese Thought: A Dialogue with Contemporary Literary Theories" at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference. San Diego.
    • April 1999 - Presented a paper. "A Poetics of Fiction Making in the Jin Ping Mei." at the Chicago Symposium of Chinese Literature in honor of Prof David T. Roy.
    • March 1999 — Presented a paper. “‘Hor1gl0umeng as Open F iction: For an Open Paradigm of Redology" at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference. Boston.
    • March 1998 - Presented a paper. "Wen as a Semiotic Function in Chinese Literary Thought" at the Association for Asian Studies Annual C onference. Washington D.C.
    • March 15-18. 1995 - Presented "Visual Poetics and Poetical Unconscious: What Bridges the Gap Between Classical Chinese Poetry and Anglo-American Modernist Poetry" at the 1995 Annual Conference of American Comparative Literature Association. Athens. Georgia.
    • July 12-17. 1994 - Presented "The Psychological Basis of Frye's Theory of Historical Modes and Its Universality" at the International Conference on Northrope Frye and China at Peking University. China.
    • Aug. 15-20.   —Presented "In Search of a Cornrnon Poetics: Some Chinese and English Poetic Concepts Compared and Contrasted" at the 14th Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association at University of Alberta. Canada.
    • April 7-11. 1994 - Presented "Psychological Subversion of the Patriarchal Order: A Feminist Reading of The Dream of The Red Chamber." at the 1994 Conference on Psychoanalysis/Feminism, at the University of Florida.
    • April 21. 1994 - Appeared as guest speaker for AM850WRUF Radio Talk-Show on Asian affairs in Gainesville. Florida.
    • March 1994 - Delivered a speech "One of The World's Greatest Feminist Novel: A Dialogue Between Western Feminism and Indigenous Feminist Elements In Chinese C ulture" at the Symposium of W omen’s Study Month at the University of Florida.
    • June 1993 - "'Food’ Culture and 'Sex’ Culture: A Psychological Approach to Chinese and American Civilizations." Accepted by the 8th International Conference on Comparative Cultures.
    • March 1993 - Presented "Classic Chinese Poetry: A Catalytic 'Other' for Anglo-Arnerican lylodernist Poetry." at 1993 Conference of American Comparative Literature Association.
    • July 1991 - Presented "The Fragmentation ofthe Oedipus Complex in Chinese Literature." at the 8th International Conference on Literature and Psychology. London.
    • Autumn. 1991 - Delivered a speech "'Food’ cultrue and 'sex' culture: Chinese and American civilizations contrasted" at the University of Florida Asian Studies Colloquiurn.
    • March. 1990 - Delivered a speech "Introduction of Contemporary Chinese Literature: From the Cultural Revolution to the Present—Day" at the Asian Studies Lecture Series, University of Florida.
    • Oct. 1988 - Presented "Lawrence's Social Background and Art" at China's First International D. H. Lawrence Conference. Shanghai.
  • 3) Evaluator of Manuscripts for: State University of New York Press; Poetics T oday; Comparative Literature Studies. Chinese Literature. Essays. Articles. Reviews: Philosophy East and West, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy
References

1) Professor Anthony C. Yu, Carl Darling Buck Distinguished Professor of Humanities, Chinese, English, and Comparative Literature, University of Chicago
Home Ph: (312) 482-9027 Office Ph: (773) 702-8245
Pax: (312) 842-8314 E-mail: acyu@uchicago.edu
2) Professor W.J.T. Mitchell. Gaylord Donnerlley Distinguished Service Professor of English arid Art, University of Chicago
E-mail: wjtm@midway.uccago.edu
3) Professor David T. Roy, Professor of Chinese literature, University of Chicago
Office Ph: (773) 702-5809 Pax: (773) 702-1323
E-mail: dayidroy@midway.uchicago.edu
4) Professor Kang-i Sun Chang, Professor of Chinese Literature, Yale University
Ph: (203) 389-6059 Fax: (203) 389-6970 E-mail:kang-i.chang@yale.edu
5) Prof. Haun Saussy, Professor of Comparative Literature, Department of Comparative Literature, Yale University
Office Ph: (203) 43-4753 Email: haun.saussy@yale.edu
6) Prof Nonnan N. Holland, Milbaur—Maston Distinguished Chair Professor of English, University of Florida.
Address: English Department. Turlington Hall, University of Forida, Gainsville, FL 32611. tel.: (904) 392 7332 (O) 377 0096(H)
E-mail:nholland@ufl.edu
 

News Articles

Prof Breaks New Ground in Literary Criticism Book
Dr. Ming Dong Gu, professor of Chinese and comparative literature and director of the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas, was asked by the general editor of Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism to choose the first Chinese theorist to be included in the publication.

The comprehensive anthology expanded in the newly published second edition to include theorists from Chinese, Indian and Arabic traditions.  That change represents a stark difference from the typical anthologies of literary theory that cover Western theorists exclusively.