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Ping Zhu

Associate Professor, Chinese Literature

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Email: pingzhu@ou.edu

Phone: 405-325-1473

Professor Zhu’s Courses at OU:

CHIN 2113, 2223 Intermediate Chinese
CHIN 3113, 3223 Advanced Chinese
CHIN 4533 Learning Chinese Through Media
MLLL 3753 Modern Chinese Literature and Culture
MLLL 3763 Chinese Cinema (offered as the Presidential Dream Course in Spring 2015)
CHIN 4333 Translating Chinese
CHIN 4993 Chinese Capstone

Profile

Ping Zhu is Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Literature in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. Professor Zhu serves as Acting Editor in Chief of the peer-reviewed literary journal Chinese Literature Today and contributing editor of World Literature Today. She is the coordinator of the Chinese section at the University of Oklahoma.

Professor Zhu received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University. Her research interests include modern and contemporary Chinese literature, women’s & gender studies, Chinese films, literary theory, and translation.

Professor Zhu has published scholarly essays in comparative literature, modern Chinese literature and Chinese cinema. Her first book is entitled Gender and Subjectivities in Early Twentieth-century Chinese Literature and Culture (Palgrave 2015). With firsthand cultural texts and fresh literary analysis, this book explores how Chinese intellectuals in the early twentieth century rescued the feminine as the inferior other from the colonial sex/gender binary, and reconstructed the feminine as a bisexual quality that both gave birth to and empowered modern Chinese subjectivities.

Ping Zhu has co-edited (with Zhuoyi Wang and Jason McGrath) a volume entitled Maoist Laugher, which was published at Hong Kong University Press in 2019 and won the Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2020. The ten essays in this volume examines the social, political, psychological, and aesthetic models of the marriage of laughter and politics during the Maoist period from a variety of theoretical perspectives. She has coedited another volume (with Faye Hui Xiao), titled Feminisms with Chinese Characteristics, which will come out in 2021. This volume provides a timely examination of the special characteristics within a diversity of, sometimes clashing, Chinese feminisms.

Ping Zhu is working on a new monograph, tentatively titled "Between Necessity and Freedom: The Discourse of Labor in China, 1893–1976.” This study seeks to recuperate a productive and pluralistic discourse of labor from the late Qing to socialist China by excavating the different ideas and practices of making Chinese laborers amidst the uneven relationships of nation, class, race, and gender.

Selected Publications

Ping Zhu, “Wang Anyi’s New Shanghai: Gender and Labor in Fu Ping,” in Ping Zhu and Hui Faye Xiao eds., Feminisms with Chinese Characteristics, forthcoming, Syracuse University Press, 2021.

Ping Zhu and Hui Faye Xiao, “Feminisms with Chinese Characteristics: An Introduction,” in Ping Zhu and Hui Faye Xiao eds., Feminisms with Chinese Characteristics, forthcoming, Syracuse University Press, 2021.

Ping Zhu and Hui Faye Xiao, eds., Feminisms with Chinese Characteristics, forthcoming, Syracuse University Press, 2021.

Ping Zhu, “From Patricide to Patrilineality: Adapting The Wandering Earth for the Big Screen,” Arts 9, no. 3 (2020): 1–12.

Ping Zhu, trans., Li Jing’s novella “The Grey Kilns,” Chinese Literature Today 8, no. 2 (2020): 60–79.

Ping Zhu, Zhuoyi Wang, and Jason McGrath, eds., Maoist Laughter, Hong Kong University Press, 2019. [Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2020]

Ping Zhu, "The Study of Laughter in the Mao Era," in Ping Zhu, Zhuoyi Wang, and Jason McGrath, eds., Maoist Laughter, Hong Kong University Press, 2019, pp.1-18.

Ping Zhu, "Huajixi, Heteroglossia, and the Maoist Language," in Ping Zhu, Zhuoyi Wang, and Jason McGrath, eds., Maoist Laughter, Hong Kong University Press, 2019, pp.162-178.

Ping Zhu, "Women’s Same-Sex Love in Two Fictional Memoirs of the Chinese Cultural Revolution," Asian Women 35, no.1 (2019): 71-94.

Ping Zhu, Gender and Subjectivities in Early Twentieth-century Chinese Literature and Culture. New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2015.

Ping Zhu, "The Phantasm of the Feminine: Gender, Race and Nationalist Agency in Early-Twentieth-Century China," Gender & History 26, no.1 (2014): 147-166

Ping Zhu, “The Masquerade of Male Masochists: Two Tales of Translation of the Zhou Brothers (Lu Xun and Zhou Zuoren) in the 1910s,” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China 8, no.1 (2014): 31-51

Ping Zhu, "Virtuality, Nationalism, and Globalization in Zhang Yimou's Hero," CLCweb: Comparative Literature and Culture 15, no.2 (June 2013):1-9

Ping Zhu, "Destruction, Moral Nihilism, and the Poetics of Debris in Jia Zhangke’s Still Life,” Visual Anthropology 24 (2011): 318-328

Ping Zhu, "Sublime and Nothing: The Metamorphosis of the Female Body in Lu Xun’s ‘Regrets for the Past,’”New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 12, 1 (June 2010): 9-22