Yanhong Zhu Professor of Chinese

Yanhong Zhu

Ruscio Center for Global Learning, room 228


Ph.D. University of Southern California

B.A. East China Normal University



Yanhong Zhu's primary research interests are in critical theory, modern Chinese literature, and Chinese film and culture.


CHIN 261 - Intermediate Intensive Chinese I

CHIN 262 - Intermediate Intensive Chinese II

CHIN 301 - Third-year Chinese Language

CHIN 311 - Advanced Chinese I: A Kaleidoscope of China

CHIN 312 - Advanced Chinese II: Masterworks of modern Chinese literature

LIT 220 - Modern Chinese Literature in Translation

EALL 215 - East Asian Cinema


Selected Publications

Book Chapter

Zhu, Y. H. (forthcoming). “Gendered Screens: Women, Space, and Social Transformation in the Works of Contemporary Chinese Female Filmmakers,” in Crossing Boundaries/ Confounding Identity: Chinese Women in Literature, Art, and Film, ed. Cherie Hughes. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Zhu, Y. H. (2021). “Zhai Yongming,” in Dictionary of Literary Biography: Chinese Poets Since 1949 (volume 387), eds. Christopher Lupke and Thomas Moran, pp. 298-307. Farmington Hill, MI: Gale.

Zhu, Y. H. (2019). “Teaching Chinese Through Film: Rationale, Practice, and Future Directions,” in The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Language Teaching, eds. Chris Shei, Monica Zikpi, and Der-lin Chao, pp. 447-461. New York: Routledge.

Zhu, Y. H. (2019). “Drama-tic Synthesis: Time, Memory, and History in the Writings of the Nine Leaves Poets,” in Chinese Poetic Modernisms, eds. Paul Manfredi and Chris Lupke, pp. 57-81. Leiden: Brill.

Zhu, Y. H. (2017). “The Moment and the Self: Exploring the Modernist Elements in Feng Zhi’s Wu Zixu,” in From Literature to the Arts: Sino-Western Cross-Cultural Studies, eds. Sun Shaoyi and Zhou Xuhua, pp. 147-165. Taipei: Shulin Publishing.

Zhu, Y. H. (2012). “The Moment and Eternity: On the Modernist Elements in Eileen Chang’s Fiction,” in Zhang Ailing: Zhuanqi • Xingbie • Xipu (Eileen Chang: Legends, Gender, and Genealogy), ed. Chin Chown Lim, pp. 59-74. Taipei: Linking Publishing.


Edited Volume

Victor Fan, Frederik Green, Wei Yang and Yanhong Zhu (Ed.). (2015). Collective Memory and Spatiality: Rethinking Post-Socialist/Colonial/Martial-Law Chinese Cinemas, Special Issue for East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. Vol. 1, no. 3.


Zhu, Y. H. (2018). “The Human and the Beast: Humanity, Animality, and Cultural Critique in Contemporary Chinese Cinema.” Chinese Literature Today. Vol. 7 (1), pp. 107-117.

Zhu, Y. H. (2017). “The Crisis of the American Dream: On Going-Abroad Films in Contemporary Chinese Cinema.” American Quarterly. Vol. 69 (3), pp. 763-768.

Zhu, Y. H. (2016). “Exploring Spatiotemporal Dramatization: Mu Dan’s Pursuit of Modernism in Poetry in the 1940s.” Jianghan Academic. Vol. 35 (6), pp. 33-44.

Zhu, Y. H., V. Fan, F. Green, and W. Yang (2015). “Introduction: Collective Memory and Spatiality: Rethinking Post-Socialist/ Colonial/ Martial-Law Chinese Cinemas,” East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. Vol. 1 (3), pp. 313-323.

Zhu, Y. H. (2015). “Bodies in Crisis: Sensuality and the Cinematic Reconfiguration of the Spy Genre in Contemporary Chinese Cinema,” East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. Vol. 1 (3), pp. 359-376.

Zhu, Y. H. (2015). “Bridging the Culture Gap: Intercultural Communicative Language Teaching in Chinese Cinema and Media Courses,” Proceedings of 13th Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy, pp. 8-16. Hohhot: Inner Mongolia University Press.

Zhu, Y. H. (2014). “Approaching Contemporary China: Chinese Culture and Language Teaching through Newspapers,” Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy, pp. 482-489. Ha’erbin: Heilongjiang renmin chubanshe,

Zhu, Y. H. (2013). “A Past Revisited: Re-presentation of the Nanjing Massacre in City of Life and Death,” Journal of Chinese Cinemas. Vol. 7 (2), pp. 85-108.

Zhu, Y. H. (2013). “Visual Impact and Language Immersion: The Use of Film Adaptations in Advanced Chinese Language Teaching,” Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy, pp. 694-703. Chengdu: Sichuan chuban jituan bashu shushe.

Zhu, Y. H. (2012). “Globalizing the Nanjing Massacre,” Ecce (Visual Cultural Criticism), Special Issue: The World of Image and Language. Vol. 3, pp. 139-60.

Zhu. Y. H. (2012). “Audio-Visual Media and Language Learning: The Use of Video-based Material in Chinese Language Teaching,” Proceedings of 10th International Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy, eds. Xu Weimin and He Wenchao, pp. 694-703. Hangzhou: Zhenjiang daxue chubanshe.



Zhu, Y. H. (2020). Review of Make it the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media, by Jacob Edmond. Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews. Vol. 42, pp. 194-198.

Zhu, Y. H. (2019). Review of The Sinophone Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien: Culture, Style, Voice, and Motion, by Christopher Lupke. Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Vol. 28 (1), pp. 135-138.

Zhu, Y. H. (2014). Review of The“Sent-Down” Vision: Poetics and Politics of Zhiqing Literature in Post-Mao China. Dissertation by Yanjie Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dissertation Reviews. http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/8024

Zhu, Y. H. (2013). Review of Ideographic Modernism: China, Writing, Media, by Christopher Bush. Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews. Vol. 35, pp. 243-45.

Zhu, Y. H. (2011). Review of Twentieth-Century Chinese Women’s Poetry: An Anthology, ed. and trans. Julia C. Lin. MCLC Resource Center Publication at the Ohio State University. http://u.osu.edu/mclc/book-reviews/womens-poetry/


Work in Progress

Reconfiguring Chinese Modernism: The Poetics of Temporality in 1940s Fiction and Poetry

Screening the Unnamable: Chinese Cinema and the Historical Event


Visiting Positions

University of Southern California, Associate-in-Research of East Asian Studies Center, January - August 2013

Occidental College, Adjunct Instructor, Fall Term 2008