Shengqing WU (吳盛青) PhD, UCLA

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Full CV

Professor Wu’s research concerns the literary and intellectual history of late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century China, particularly classical poetry written in a modern context. An examination of the works and activities of previously neglected poets who maintained their commitment to traditional aesthetic ideals, her first book Modern Archaics: Continuity and Innovation in the Chinese Lyric Tradition 1900-1937 (Harvard University Asia Center Press, 2013), illuminates the splendor of Chinese lyricism and highlights the mutually transformative power of the modern and the archaic. Complementing her passion for poetry (from the classical to the contemporary), her scholarly interests also include the relationship between image and text, questions of gender, and the issue of emotion. She is working on her second book project, which is tentatively titled “Emotion in Transit: Text and Image in Modern China.” Prior to joining the faculty of HKUST, Wu was an associate professor at Wesleyan University, where she taught for eight years. She was the receipt of an An Wang postdoctoral fellowship from the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, a Junior Scholar Grant from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. 

Research Interests

Chinese literary and visual modernity; Media, visual, and verbal culture; Chinese poetry; History of photography in China.

Representative Publications

Edited Volumes
Co-editor (with Xuelei Huang), Sensing China: Modern Transformations of Sensory Culture (London: Routledge, 2023). 
Co-editor (with Zong-qi Cai), the special issue on “Emotion and Visuality in Chinese Literature and Culture,” Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture 6:1 (2019).

Co-editor (with Ko Chia Cian), the special issue on “the Twentieth-century Chinese Classical-style Poetry and Culture 二十世紀的舊體詩詞與文化”, Modern Chinese Literature 中國現代文學,No. 31 (Spring, 2017).

Editor, 旅行的圖像與文本:現代華語語境中的媒介互動 (Traveling Image and Text in Modern China) (Shanghai: Fudan University Press, 2016).
Co-editor (with Ko Chia Cian), 抒情傳統與維新時代:辛亥前後的文人、文學、文化 (Lyricism and the Reformist Era) (Shanghai: Shanghai Literature and Arts Publishing House, 2012).
Guest co-editor (with Mingwei Song) of the special issue, “‘The Obscure Decade:’ The Literary Imagination in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the PRC, 1949-1959五十年代的文學想像與政治文化:香港、台灣、中國大陸,” Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese  現代中文文學學報 (vol. 9.2, July, 2009) (bilingual).