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 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.

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

High Tension: Reconceptualizing Interiority in the Works of Qiu Miaojin and Wu Ming-yi

From Daughter to Wife: The Trajectory of Married Women in Ling Shuhua and Feng Yuanjun’s May Fourth Period Works


Research

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

My first book, Rethinking the Modern Chinese Canon, looks at the global connections of canonical modern Chinese literature through translation and migration. See the New Books in East Asian studies podcast where I give an overview of the book. I also wrote about some of the research I did for the book in a short essay "Transpacific Search Party or How To (Not) Find Yu Dafu's Remains" for the Commentary board of Critical Asian 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



Announcements

I am not accepting graduate students for the 2022-23 academic year.

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 2021
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 2022
EASIA 359 - Culture and Identity in Hong Kong

Culture and identity in Hong Kong through the study of literature and film in translation. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.

Winter Term 2022
EASIA 438 - Topics in Chinese Studies

May be repeated for credit when course content differs. May involve discussions in Chinese. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 AND *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of the Department.

Fall Term 2021
EASIA 599 - Directed Reading in East Asian Studies

May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: Consent of Department.

Fall Term 2021 Winter Term 2022

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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/books/9781621965473.cfm
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