Han Li

Associate Professor - Head of Section, Chinese
(901) 843-3952

Han Li joins the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Rhodes in 2008.  She received her B.A. in Chinese Literature from Nanjing University and her PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures from the University of California Irvine.  Her dissertation, entitled “News, Public Opinions and History: Fiction on Current Events in Seventeenth-Century China”, attempts to explore the cultural conditions surrounding the production, circulation and consumption of this special genre of “fiction on current events” in the historical contexts as well as the complex roles these works played in the larger intellectual, social and political realms of seventeenth-century China. Her research interests include traditional Chinese fiction, narrative theory, and the cultural history of late imperial China.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

“Alternative Locality: Geopolitics and Cultural Identity in Ann Hui’s A Simple Life.” Asian Cinema 26(1), April 2015: 23-41.

“From The Astor Court to Liu Fang Yuan: Exhibiting ‘Chinese-ness’ in America.” Journal of Curatorial Studies 4 (2), June 2015, pp: 284-307.

“‘Transplanting’ Yin Yu Tang to America: Preservation, Value and Cultural Heritage.” Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review 25.2, Spring 2014: 39-50.

“History, Fiction and Public Opinion: Writings on Mao Wenlong in the Early Seventeenth  Century.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 134.1, Spring 2014: 69-88.

“Triangulating Filial Piety, Ethnicity, and Nation in Late-Qing China: The Lilac Affair   in Zeng Pu’s Niehai hua.” Asia Major 26.2, November 2013: 90-120.

“To Sell a National Trauma: Aftershock and the Transformation of Chinese Film Industry.” Virginia Review of Asian Studies, Fall 2013:126-142.

“Teaching Material Culture and Chinese Gardens at American Colleges.” ASIANetwork Exchange 20.1, Fall 2012: 36-46.

“News, History and ‘Fiction on Current Events’: Novels on Suppressing the Chuang Rebellion.” Ming Studies 66, September 2012: 56–75.

“Disappearing Politics and the Politics of Disappearance: Female Subjectivity, Left-Wing Films and the Representation of 1930s Shanghai in Center Stage.” Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies 38.1, March 2012: 197-221.

Education

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2009
B.A., Nanjing University, 2002