Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities

Ming Dong Gu


Areas of Specialization:  Chinese and English Literature, Poetics, Comparative Thought, Fiction Theory, Hermeneutics, Psychoanalytic and Semiotic Approaches to Literature, Art, and Cultural Studies

Office:  JO 4.130
Mail Station:  JO 31
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  972-883-2760

As a professor of Chinese and comparative literature, I have a deep interest in a wide range of humanities subjects and genuinely believe that literature in the post-literary age is moving in the direction of “Greater Humanities.” A special consultant to Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, responsible for choosing the first Chinese theorist for its new editions and writing an introduction, I have, since 2013, been invited to participate in the Academic Reputation Survey of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings.

I have authored three monographs in English, a book-length study in Chinese, and edited four volumes of scholarly articles, with one more edited volume under contract. I have published nearly 130 journal articles, book chapters, and essays in literature and humanities in English and Chinese. Among them, 56 are English articles, which are published in these journals: New Literary History, Poetics Today, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Diacritics, Narrative, Journal of Narrative Theory, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Modern Language Quarterly, Journal of Aesthetic Education (2 articles), D. H. Lawrence Review (two articles), Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory; Literature and Psychology, Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature (two articles), Yearbook of Comparative Literature, Journal of Asian Studies, Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews, Journal of Chinese Philosophy (4 articles, one forthcoming), Philosophy East & West (6 articles); Asian Philosophy, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Journal of Oriental Studies, Monumenta Serica, Translation Review and Tamkang Review (2 articles).

I have published over 70 scholarly articles in Chinese. Most of them appear in China’s major journals in humanities: Literary Review (3 articles), Literature, History and Philosophy, Studies of Literature and Art (2 articles), Theoretical Studies of Literature and Art (2 articles), Journal of Academic Monthly (2 articles), Journal of Peking University (5 articles), Journal of Nanjing University (6 articles), Journal of Tsinghua University (3 articles), Journal of Dr. Sun Yat-sen University (5 articles), Journal of Beijing Normal University (2 articles), Journal of Xiamen University (4 articles), Journal of Zhejiang University, Journal of Fudan University, Journal of Wuhan University, Hundred Schools of Art (2 articles), Jiangsu Social Sciences (2 articles), Frontier of Social Sciences, Exploration and Free Views (2 articles), Foreign Literature (2 articles), Modern Foreign Literature (2 articles), Foreign Literature Studies (3 articles), Cross-Cultural Dialogues, Comparative Literature in China, Foreign Language Teaching and Research, Foreign Languages (2 articles), South China Quarterly (Macao, 2 articles), etc.

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Work Samples and Publications: 

Authored Books:

  • Sinologism: An Alternative to Orientalism and Postcolonialism (London and New York: Routledge, 2013). pp. 269.
    (Chinese translation published by the Commercial Press, 2015.)

    Reviewed in:

    • Journal of Asian Studies
    • Journal of Modern Chinese Literature and Culture
    • China Quarterly
    • Chinese Literature Today
    • Journal of Chinese Philosophy
    • Philosophy East and West
    • Philosophy East and West (review article)
    • Postcolonial Studies
  • Anxiety of Originality: Multiple Approaches to Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies (in Chinese) (Nanjing: Nanjing University Press, 2009). pp. 331.
  • Chinese Theories of Fiction: A Non-Western Narrative System (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2006). pp. 286.

    Reviewed in:

    • Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
    • T’oung Pao: International Journal of Chinese Studies
    • Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews
    • China Heritage Quarterly, and
    • Choice
  • Chinese Theories of Reading and Writing: A Route to Hermeneutics and Open Poetics (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2005). pp. 334.

    Reviewed in:

    • Journal of Asian Studies
    • Journal of Chinese Philosophy
    • T’oung Pao: International Journal of Chinese Studies
    • Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews
    • Journal of Chinese Studies
    • Consciousness, Literature and the Arts
    • Yearbook of Comparative Literature

Edited Volumes:

  • Translating China for Western Readers: Reflective, Critical, Practical Essays (with Rainer Schulte) (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2014), pp. 329.
  • Reviewed in:

    • Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, (2017), vol. 16, no. 4: 589-93;
    • Foreign Languages, (2017), 40.05:71-76;
    • Languages Education, (2017), 5.1:81-84.

  • Why Traditional Chinese Philosophy Matters: The Relevance of Ancient Wisdom for the Global Age (Routledge, 2018), pp. 235.
  • A Collection of Discussions and Debates on Sinologism (co-editor) (Beijing: China Social Sciences Press, 2017), pp. 337.
  • The Nobel Prize Winners of Literature on Literary Creation, (co-editor) (Beijing: Peking University Press, 1987, in Chinese), pp. 512.
  • Routledge Handbook of Modern Chinese Literature (Routledge, 2018), pp. 768.


Ph.D. in Chinese and Comparative Literature, University of Chicago
M.A. in Chinese Literature, University of Wisconsin–Madison
M.A. in English Literature, University of Kent at Canterbury

Curriculum Vitae:  Ming Dong Gu's CV