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Jia-Yan Mi

Associate Professor

Jia-Yan Mi

Phone: (609) 771-2468


Office: Bliss Hall 218

Jia-Yan Mi completed his M.A. in Comparative Literature at Peking University, The People’s Republic of China and his Ph.D.s in English, Comparative Literature and Visual Culture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of California at Davis. He works mainly on 20th-century modernism, postmodernism, and postcolonial studies, critical theory and visual culture, literature and technology, and Asian American literature. He has published articles in both Chinese and English on visual and cinematic culture, globalization and cultural consumption, and East-West literary, postcolonial and gender politics.

Selected Publications

  • 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.
  • “Rewriting Border Ecography: Double Optics and Identity in Raymond Williams’s Border Country.” College Literature. 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 Video 22.4 (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