Dr. Gary Xu

Dr. Gary Xu

Contact Information

East Asian Languages and Cultures
2090A Foreign Language Building
707 South Mathews
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Urbana, IL 61801
Associate Professor
View CV - Visit Website

Additional Campus Affiliations

Biography

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. 

Research Interests

  • Chinese Art, Cinema, and Literature

Education

  • PhD, Columbia University, 2002

Distinctions / Awards

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

Selected Publications

Books

Photo of publication
Sinascape: Contemporary Chinese Cinema Lanham, Maryland Rowman & Littlefield 2007.
Photo of publication
Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture: Asia and Pacific Westport, Connecticut Greenwood Press 2007.
Photo of publication
The Cross-Cultural Zizek Reader Shanghai Shanghai Renmin 2011.
Photo of publication
Looking Awry: The Unconscious in Contemporary Chinese Art Hong Kong & Beijing Blue Kingfisher 2012.
Photo of publication
Xue Song: Works 1998-2013 Singapore and Beijing Singapore Museum of Contemporary Art 2013.
Photo of publication
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.

Book Contributions

Chinese Cinema and Technology Blackwell’s Companion to Chinese Cinema Chinese Cinema and Technology London Blackwell 2012.
Photo of publication
Remaking East Asia, Outsourcing Hollywood East Asian Cinemas: Exploring Transnational Connections on Film Remaking East Asia, Outsourcing Hollywood London I. B. Tauris 2008.
Photo of publication
Flowers of Shanghai: Visualising Ellipses and (Colonial) Absence Chinese Films in Focus: 25 New Takes Flowers of Shanghai: Visualising Ellipses and (Colonial) Absence London British Film Institute 2003.
Ethics of Form: Qing and Narrative Excess in Guwangyan From the Late Ming to the Late Qing: Dynastic Decline and Cultural Innovation Ethics of Form: Qing and Narrative Excess in Guwangyan Cambridge, MA Harvard University Press 2005, p. 235-263.
Doubled Configuration: Reading Su Weizhen’s Theatricality in Post-Martial-Law Taiwan Writing Taiwan: A New Literary History Doubled Configuration: Reading Su Weizhen’s Theatricality in Post-Martial-Law Taiwan Durham, NC Duke University Press 2007.
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 The Modern Heritage of Qing/Love: On C. T. Hsia’s ‘Xu Zhenya’s Jade Pear Spirit’ Taipei Lianjing 2010, p. 153-164.

Journal Articles

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, p. 99-129.
Children Caught in Crossfire: John Woo and A Global Affective Cinema The China Review 10 2 2010, p. 137-153.
The Writer as a Historical Figure of Modern China: Ye Zhaoyan’s Passionate Memory and Fictional History Neohelicon 37 2 2010, p. 405-418.
Where Has the Aura Gone? Reflections on Cultural Studies, Neoliberalism, and Literature as the Auratic Event Concentric 32 2 2005, p. 15-40.
The Pedagogical as the Political: Ideology of Globalization and Zhang Yimou’s Not One Less The Communication Review 6 4 2003, p. 327-340.
Meinu Jingji/China’s Beauty Economy: Buying Looks, Shifting Value, and Changing Place Feminist Economics 13 3-4 2007, p. 307-323.
The Memory of the Red Plum Dangdai meishujia 78 2012.
What Does Chinese Video Art Want? Dangdai meishujia 73 2011.
Where Has the Aura Gone? Reflections on Cultural Studies, Neoliberalism, and Literature as the Auratic Event Wenyi yanjiu 3 2010, p. 13-23.

Newspaper Articles

Das Geschaft mit dem Massaker Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Frankfurt, Germany 2012.