William TAY (鄭樹森) PhD University of California, San Diego, 1977

Email: wtay@ust.hk

Professor Tay came to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from the Department of Literature, University of California, San Diego, where he was Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of Graduate Studies. Professor Tay is the author and editor of more than thirty books, and has published many articles on comparative literature, literary theory, and twentieth-century literature in Chinese. He is on the editorial/advisory boards of more than a dozen journals.

Research Interests

Critical theory; film studies; twentieth-century literature in Chinese.

Representative Publications

“Avant-garde Theatre in Post-Mao China: The Bus-Stop by Gao Xingjian.” In Soul in Chaos: Critical Perspectives on Gao Xingjian, ed. by Kwok-kan Tam. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2001.

“Colonialism, the Cold War Era, and Marginal Space: The Existential Conditions of Four Decades of Hong Kong Literature.” In Chinese Literature in the Second Half of a Modern Century, ed. by Pang-yuan Chi and David Wang. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000.

“Pai Hsien-yung.” In Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century, ed. by Steven Serafin. (3rd ed.) New York and London: St. James Press, 2000.

“Spencer in China.” In The Spencer Encyclopedia, ed. by A.C. Hamilton. (2nd ed.) Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996.

“Ideology, Identity, and Architecture: Modernism, Postmodernism, and Antiquarianism in Taiwan.” Humanities Bulletin 4 (1995).

“The Ideology of Initiation: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien.” In New Chinese Cinemas, ed. by Nick Browne, et al. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

“Ukiyo-e: Waka, Haiku, and Amy Lowell.” In East-West Comparative Literature: Cross-Cultural Discourse, ed. by T.W. Wong. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong, 1993.

“Modernism and Socialist Realism.” World Literature Today (Summer 1991).