Gu, Ming Dong

Director, Confucius Institute and Professor

Office:  JO 4.130

Areas of Specialization:  Chinese and English literature, poetics, comparative thought, fiction theory, hermeneutics, psychoanalytic and semiotic approaches to literature, art, and cultural studies.

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

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. Since 2013, he has been invited to participate in the Academic Reputation Survey of the Times Higher Education’s “World University Rankings.” He has authored, edited and translated 11 books, and published over 100 journal articles and book chapters as well as 17 short essays and reviews. His authored books include:

  1. Sinologism: An Alternative to Orientalism and Postcolonialism (Routledge, 2013; Chinese translation published by the Commercial Press in China, 2015), pp. 269;
  2. The Anxiety of Originality: Multiple Approaches to Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies (in Chinese, Nanjing University Press 2009), pp. 331;
  3. Chinese Theories of Fiction: A Non-Western Narrative System (SUNY Press 2006), pp. 286;
  4. Chinese Theories of Reading and Writing: A Route to Hermeneutics and Open Poetics (SUNY Press 2005), 334.


Recently, he edited with Rainer Schulte a volume:
Translating China for Western Readers: Reflective, Critical and Practical Essays (SUNY Press 2014), pp. 328.

His English articles have appeared in New Literary History, Poetics Today, Diacritics, Narrative, Journal of Narrative Theory, Modern Language Quarterly, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Journal of Aesthetic Education, Philosophy East & West (5 articles), Journal of Chinese Philosophy (4 articles), Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature (2 articles), Yearbook of Comparative Literature, Literature and Psychology, D. H. Lawrence Review (2 articles), Journal of Oriental Studies, Journal of Asian Studies, Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews, Monumenta Serica, Tamkang Review (2 articles), and Translation Review.

His Chinese articles were published in Literary Review (3 articles), Literature and Art Studies (2 articles), Theoretical Studies of Literature and Art (2 articles), Journal of Peking University (5 articles), Journal of Nanjing University (5 articles), Journal of Tsinghua University (2 articles), Journal of Dr. Sun Yat-sen University (4 articles), Journal of Beijing Normal University, Journal of Xiamen University (4 articles), Journal of Fudan University, Journal of Zhejiang University, Academic Monthly (2 articles), Jiangsu Social Sciences, Social Science Front, Exploration and Free Views (2 articles), Hundred Schools of Art (2 articles), Chinese Comparative Literature, Cross-Cultural Dialogues, Foreign Literature (2 articles), Contemporary Foreign Literature, South China Quarterly (2 articles), and other Chinese journals.