Dr. Gary Xu

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Dr. Gary Xu

Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, LAS Global Studies, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, and Center for Global Studies

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Gary Xu 徐钢, a native of Nanjing, China, received post-graduate education in the US. A scholar, author, translator, and art curator, he embraces all aspects of the humanities and strives to become a bilingual, trans-Pacific, public intellectual. Among his many roles, the one he cherishes the most is that of a teacher. He enjoys teaching both graduate and undergraduate students, and he has been voted to the incomplete list of excellent teachers for every semester during the past nine years. Many of his PhD advisees have become professors at American universities. He has led more than 10 groups of undergraduate students to study-abroad trips to China. 

He currently serves as Head of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. 

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Chinese Art, Cinema, and Literature


  • PhD, Columbia University, 2002

Distinctions / Awards

  • Winner, 2008 Ray and Pat Brown Award for Best Reference/Primary Source Collection in Popular and American Culture



  • Xue Song: Works 1998-2013. . Singapore and Beijing: Singapore Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013.
  • Zhong Biao: The Universe of Unreality. . Milan, Italy: Charta, 2013.
  • Disquieting Memories: Zhang Xiaogang and Contemporary Chinese Art. . 2013.
  • The Flower of Good Children: A Novel by Hong Ying. . 2013.
  • Fang Lijun 2013. . Beijing: 2013.
  • Looking Awry: The Unconscious in Contemporary Chinese Art. . Hong Kong & Beijing: Blue Kingfisher, 2012.
  • The Cross-Cultural Zizek Reader. . Shanghai: Shanghai Renmin , 2011.
  • Sinascape: Contemporary Chinese Cinema. . Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.
  • Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture: Asia and Pacific. . Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2007.

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Book Contributions

  • "Chinese Cinema and Technology." Blackwell’s Companion to Chinese Cinema. . London: Blackwell, 2012.

  • "The Modern Heritage of Qing/Love: On C. T. Hsia’s ‘Xu Zhenya’s Jade Pear Spirit’." The History and Scholarship of Modern Chinese Fiction. . Taipei: Lianjing, 2010. 153-164.

  • "Remaking East Asia, Outsourcing Hollywood." East Asian Cinemas: Exploring Transnational Connections on Film. . London: I. B. Tauris, 2008.

  • "Doubled Configuration: Reading Su Weizhen’s Theatricality in Post-Martial-Law Taiwan." Writing Taiwan: A New Literary History. . Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007.

  • "Ethics of Form: Qing and Narrative Excess in Guwangyan." From the Late Ming to the Late Qing: Dynastic Decline and Cultural Innovation. . Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005. 235-263.

  • "Flowers of Shanghai: Visualising Ellipses and (Colonial) Absence." Chinese Films in Focus: 25 New Takes. . London: British Film Institute, 2003.

Journal Articles

  • "The Memory of the Red Plum." Dangdai meishujia 78 (2012):
  • "What Does Chinese Video Art Want?." Dangdai meishujia 73 (2011):
  • "Children Caught in Crossfire: John Woo and A Global Affective Cinema." The China Review 10.2 (2010): 137-153.
  • "The Writer as a Historical Figure of Modern China: Ye Zhaoyan’s Passionate Memory and Fictional History." Neohelicon 37.2 (2010): 405-418.
  • "Where Has the Aura Gone? Reflections on Cultural Studies, Neoliberalism, and Literature as the Auratic Event." Wenyi yanjiu 3 (2010): 13-23.
  • "Meinu Jingji/China’s Beauty Economy: Buying Looks, Shifting Value, and Changing Place." Feminist Economics 13.3-4 (2007): 307-323.
  • "Where Has the Aura Gone? Reflections on Cultural Studies, Neoliberalism, and Literature as the Auratic Event." Concentric 32.2 (2005): 15-40.
  • "The Pedagogical as the Political: Ideology of Globalization and Zhang Yimou’s Not One Less." The Communication Review 6.4 (2003): 327-340.
  • "My Writing, Your Pain, and Her Trauma: Pronouns and (Gendered) Subjectivity in Gao Xingjian's Soul Mountain and One Man's Bible." Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 14.2 (2002): 99-129.

Newspaper Articles

  • "Das Geschaft mit dem Massaker ." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. [Frankfurt, Germany] 14 Jan. 2012.