Clara Iwasaki, PhD, Asian Languages and Cultures UCLA

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - East Asian Studies Dept

Contact

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - East Asian Studies Dept
Email
ciwasaki@ualberta.ca
Address
3-36 Pembina Hall
8921 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H8

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Chinese literature Sinophone literature the Cold War Transpacific


About

I received my degree in modern Chinese and Sinophone literature from UCLA. My work straddles a number of different fields, modern Chinese literature, Asian/American literature, and transnational Asia more broadly. I am currently completing a book manuscript on the global connections of canonical modern Chinese literature through translation and migration. While my main specialization is in work written in the Chinese language, although not necessarily limited to China, I have broader interests in and would be willing to advise graduate students working on cultural production in Asia more generally.


Some of my former MA students are pursuing PhDs at University of Southern California and Harvard University. I would welcome students who wish to pursue a career outside of the academy.


Here are some examples of projects I have supervised:

When Routes become Roots: Liu Na'ou, Jiang Wenye, and Their Transnational Cultural Productions, 1923-1945

Beyond Cantonese: Articulation, Narrative and Memory in Contemporary Sinophone Hong Kong, Singaporean and Malaysian Literature


Research

Modern Chinese literature, Sinophone literature, Sinophone film, transpacific studies, world literature, Taiwanese literature, Hong Kong literature, Cold War studies


Teaching

I teach classes in modern Chinese literature, Taiwanese literature, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Hong Kong cinemas, queer Sinophone literature and film, colonial and postcolonial East Asia



Courses

EASIA 236 - Modernity and Contemporary Chinese Civilization

The development of modernity in modern and contemporary China, Taiwan, and/or Hong Kong and its influence on literature, cinema, visual culture and/or popular culture.

Fall Term 2020
EASIA 336 - Modern Chinese Literature in Translation

Chinese literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. Note: Not open to students with credit in CHINA 322. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.

Winter Term 2021
EASIA 351 - Culture and Identity in Taiwan

The relationship between culture and identity in Taiwan through the study of literature and film in translation. Note: Not open to students with credit in CHINA 351. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.

Winter Term 2021
EASIA 427 - Colonial and Post Colonial Culture in East Asia

Colonialism, soft power and transnational connections in East Asia through the lens of cultural production. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.

Fall Term 2020

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Publications

Rethinking the Modern Chinese Canon: Refractions across the Transpacific
Author(s): Clara Iwasaki
Publication Date: 12/1/2020
External Link: http://www.cambriapress.com/cambriapress.cfm?template=15&bid=780
Homeless in the Fatherland: Xiao Hong's Migrant Geographies
Author(s): Clara Iwasaki
Publication: Cross Currents: East Asia History and Culture Review
Volume: 31
Page Numbers: 162–182
External Link: https://cross-currents.berkeley.edu/e-journal/issue-31/iwasaki