Pu Wang

Pu WangAssociate Professor of Chinese Literature and Culture

Chair and Undergraduate Advising Head for the Comparative Literature and Culture Program

Research Interests

Modern Chinese literature and culture in comparative frameworks Critical theory and translation studies
Cultural Marxism
Aesthetic modernity in the 19th and 20th centuries
Intellectual history of China
Comparative poetics


New York University, PhD
New York University, MA
Peking University, MA
Peking University, BA

Select Publications

Wang, Pu. "《五月之后①:法国68的绵延与遗忘》(After May: duration and forgetting)." 澎湃网·思想市 (2018).

Wang, Pu. "《五月之后②:六十年代“再断代”》(After May II: reperiodizing the Sixties)." 澎湃网·思想市场 2018年六月 (2018).

Wang, Pu. "《艺术的罢工:法国五月风暴的美学难题》 (Art on strike: the aesthetic problematic of May 68)." 《文艺理论与批评》 (Literary Theory and Criticism) 2018. no.6 (2018): 30-37.

Wang, Pu. The Translatability of Revolution: Guo Moruo and Twentieth-Century Chinese Culture.. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2018.

Wang, Pu. "From ‘Geschaeftiger Geist’ to ‘Zeitgeist’ Poetics and Thematics in Guo Moruo’s Translation of Goethe’s Faust." Translation and Modernization of East Asia in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries. Ed. Lawrence Wang-chi Wong. Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2017. 341-376.

Wang, Pu. "《一切都成为了寓意》(All becomes allegory: on Walter Benjamin’s Passagen-Werk)." 《读书》(Reading) 3/1/2015: 21-29.

Wang, Pu. 《宝塔及其他》(The Pagoda and other poems). Yinchuang, China: Yangguang chubanshe, 2015.

Wang, Pu. "The Promethean Translator and Cannibalistic Pains: Lu Xun’s ‘Hard Translation’ as a Political Allegory." Translation Studies 6. 3 (2013): 324-338.


Poet in Residence, Enclave Literature, Shenzhen, China (2018)
Theodore and Jane Norman Fund (2018)
Hu Shih Poetry Prize—Frist Book of Poetry (2016)
The Helaine and Alvin Allen Chair in Literature (2016)
Brandeis University Provost’s Innovations in Research Grant (2015-2016)
The Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Junior Scholar Grant (2015-2016)
The Kermit H. Perlmutter Fellow (2015-2016)
Mandel Faculty Grant in the Humanities (2014)
2012 Poetry East West (PEW) Poetry Award (2013)
Theodore and Jane Norman Fund (2013)
Grant of the Mellon Dissertation Seminar on Translation (as seminar participant) (2011)
Mellon Dissertation Fellowship (2011)
New York University Humanities Initiative Honorary Fellowship (2011)
Anne Kao Poetry Award (Liu Li-An shige jiang) (2007)
New York University Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship (2006)
Peking University May Fourth Scholarship (2004)
PKU Taizhao Grant (2001)
PKU Mingde Scholarship (1999)

Select Courses Taught

CHIN 100a: Introduction to Chinese Literature: Desire and Form
CHIN 120b: Readings in Contemporary Chinese Literature: Advanced Chinese Language II
CHIN 130b: China on Film: The Changes of Chinese Culture
CHIN 136b: Chinese Modernism in International Context
CHIN 136bj: Chinese Modernism in International Context
COMH 201b: Comparative Humanities Graduate Seminar
COML 171a: Literary Translation in Theory and in Practice
SYS 1c: How Do We Know What We Know?

Affiliated Departments/Programs

Comparative Humanities
Comparative Literature and Culture
East Asian Studies

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