Chen, Thomas

Assistant Professor of Chinese
Williams Hall, Room 494
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, UCLA


modern Chinese literature and cinema


Thomas Chen graduated with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and English from Cornell University and with a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA. With a focus on modern Chinese literature and cinema, his research interests include world literature/cinema, translation studies, and historiography. His current book project is May 35th, 1989: Working Through Censorship in Contemporary Chinese Film and Literature. He is on leave Spring 2018. In Fall 2018 he will teach CHIN 298: Chinese Translation Workshop and MLL/ASIA 96: Scandal and Sensation in Modern China. 

Recent Publications:

"The Workshop of the World: Censorship and the Internet Novel Such Is This World." In China's Contested Internet, ed. Guobin Yang (Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2015), 19-43.

"Blanks to be Filled: Public-Making and the Censorship of Jia Pingwa's Decadent Capital," China Perspectives 2015/1, 15-22.

      "Remplir les blancs : «Publicité» et censure dans La Capitale déchue de Jia Pingwa," Perspectives chinoises 2015/1, 15-23 (trans. Florent Chevallier).

      "有待填充的空格," 《当代作家评论》2016/6, 52-61 (汪宝荣 译).

"An Italian Bicycle in the People's Republic: Minor Transnationalism and the Chinese Translation of Ladri di biciclette/Bicycle Thieves," Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies 1.2 (2014), 91-107.

      "Une bicyclette italienne en République populaire de Chine : À propos de la version chinoise du Voleur de bicyclette," L’Écran traduit: revue sur la traduction et l'adaptation audiovisuelles no. 4 (automne 2015), 21-41 (trans. Jean-François Cornu).

“The Censorship of Mo Yan's The Garlic Ballads,” in Mo Yan in Context: Nobel Laureate and Global Storyteller, eds. Angelica Duran and Yuhan Huang (West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2014), 37-49.

“Ridiculing the Golden Age: Subversive Undertones in Yan Lianke’s Happy,” Chinese Literature Today (Winter-Spring 2011), 66-72.