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Dr. Jiayan Mi


 Associate Professor of English and World Languages & Cultures
Bliss Building 218

Phone: (609) 771-2468




    • All Mandarin Chinese courses from the first- to fourth-year level
    • CHI 348 New Chinese Cinema: Gender, National Identity and Post-Socialist Ideology
    • CHI 370 Contemporary Chinese Feminist Literature
    • CHI 371 Study on Gao Xingjian’s plays and novels
    • CHI 391 Modern and contemporary Chinese Poetry
    • WLC 371 Asian Cinema in Global Context: Martial Arts/Kung Fu, Anime and Bollywood
    • FSP 104 Rock ‘N’ Roll in Post-Mao China
    • FSP 104 Global Ecocinema and Ethics of Environmentalism
    • FSP 104 Vietnam War and Hollywood Cinema
    • FSP-101 Man, Machine and Cyborg: Understanding Technoculture
    • LIT 394/CMP 370 Zen and the Beat Writers
    • LIT 394/CMP 370 Posthuman Subjectivity: Critical Issues in Cyberpunk Literature
    • LIT 217 Multicultural LIT Diaspora and Transmigration in Asian American Literature
    • LIT 670 Diaspora and Transmigration: Critical Issues in Asian American Literature
    • LIT 345 Orientalism and Western Imagination.
    • LIT 345 Virtual Tibet: Cool Spirituality in an Age of Popular Culture
    • LIT 218: Literature of the Quest: Journey, Initiation and Identity Politics


    • Literature and Chinese Modernity
    • East-West Comparative Poetics
    • New Chinese/Asian Cinema— Visual Culture
    • Contemporary Chinese Popular Culture
    • Globalization and Diaspora Culture
    • Asian American Literature
    • Critical Theory
    • 20th Century World Modernism and Post-Modernism


    • B.A. English Language and Literature, Sichuan International Studies University, Chongqing, PRC, 1985
    • M. A. Chinese and Comparative Literature, Peking University, PRC, 1991
    • Ph. D. English Literature and Cultural Study, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1996
    • Ph. D. Comparative Literature, Film Studies and Visual Culture, University of California, Davis, 2002


    • Chinese Ecocinema in the Age of Environmental Challenge (co-edited with Sheldon Lu). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2009.
    • Self-Fashioning and Reflexive Modernity in Modern Chinese Poetry, 1919-1949. New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2004.
    • “Consuming Tibet: Imperial Romance and the Wretched of Holy Plateau.” In Finding the OX: Buddhism and American Culture. Eds. Gary Storhoff and John Whalen-Bridge. State University of New York, forthcoming.
    • “Framing Ambient Umheimlich: Ecoggedon, Ecological Unconscious and Water Pathology in New Chinese Cinema.” In Chinese Ecocinema in the Age of Environmental Challenge. Eds. Sheldon Lu and Jiayan Mi. Hong Kong:  Hong Kong University Press, 2009. 17-38.
    • “The Visual Imagined Communities: Media State, Virtual Citizenship and Television in River Elegy.” The Quarterly Review of Film and Video22.4 (October-December 2005): 327-340.
    • “The Fantastic/Exotic Uncanny: Kafka’s and Borges’s Labyrinthine Narrative of China.” Tamkang Review XXXVI.3 (Spring 2006): 105-136.
    • “Poetics of Navigation: River Lyricism, Epic Consciousness and Post-Mao Sublime Poemscape.” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. 19.1(Spring 2007): 91-137.
    • “Entropic Anxiety and the Allegory of Disappearance: Hydro-Utopianism in Zheng Yi’s Old Well and Zhang Wei’s Old Boat.” China Information. XXI.1 (March 2007): 109-140.
    • “Self-fashioning, Enlightenment and Economie Libidinale: Dialectics of the Body—Anatomy of a Bio-text in Guo Moruo’s The Goddess.” The New Perspectives: A Comparative Literature Yearbook. Ed. Antony Tatlow. (Winter 1995): 45-77. Hong Kong: The University of Hong Kong, 1995.


    • Pathology and New Chinese Cinema
    • Heteroscapes: Contested Topography in Modern Chinese Literature, Art and Film
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