Lingzhen Wang received her B.A. and M.A. from Nanjing University, P.R. China. She came to the United States as a visiting fellow at Harvard University and earned her Ph.D. in East Asian Literature from Cornell University. She joined the Department of East Asian Studies at Brown in 1998.
|Lingzhen Wang. Revisiting Women's Cinema: Feminism, Socialism, and Mainstream Culture in Modern China. Duke University Press, 2021.|
|Lingzhen Wang. "Women’s Liberation." Afterlives of Chinese Communism: Political Concepts from Mao to Xi, edited by Christian Sorace, Ivan Franceschini, and Nicholas Loubere, Verso, 2019, pp. 303-311.|
|Lingzhen Wang. "Zhang Nuanxin and Social Commitment in 1980s Chinese Women’s Experimental Cinema." Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, vol. 34, no. 3, 2019, pp. 1-29.|
|"Chinese Socialist Women’s Cinema: An Alternative Feminist Practice”." The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender, edited by Kristin Lene Hole, Dijana Jelača, Elizabeth Kaplan, and Patrice Petro, new york, new york, Routledge Press, 2017, pp. 77-87.|
|Lingzhen Wang. "《关于中国革命与性别平等／解放的理论再思考》 (“A Theoretical Reflection on Women's Liberation Movements in Chinese Revolutionary History”)." 《妇女研究论丛》(Journal of Chinese Women’s Studies), no. 5, 2017, pp. 14-18.|
|《中国性／性别：历史差异》 (Chinese Sex/Gender: Historical Differences). edited by Lingzhen Wang, Chengzhou He, Shanghai sanlian (上海三联出版社）, 2016.|
|Lingzhen Wang. "Wang Ping and Women’s Cinema in Socialist China: Institutional Practice, Feminist Cultures, and Embedded Authorship." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 40, no. 3, 2015, pp. 589-622.|
|Lingzhen Wang. "《中国社会主义女性主义实践再思考：兼论美国冷战思潮、自由／本质主义对社会主义研究的持续影响》 (“Chinese Socialist Feminist Practice Reconsidered: A Critical Review of the Persistent Influence of Cold War Ideology and Liberal/Radical Feminism on Socialist Gender Studies”)." 《妇女研究论丛》(Journal of Chinese Women’s Studies), no. 3, 2015, pp. 5-19.|
|Lingzhen Wang. "《王苹与中国社会主义女性电影：主流女性主义文化、多位主体事件和互嵌性作者身份》 (“Wang Ping and Socialist Chinese Women’s Cinema"),." 《妇女研究论丛》(Journal of Chinese Women’s Studies), no. 4, 2015, pp. 74-88.|
|Lingzhen Wang. "《重审新时期中国女性主义实践和性/别差异话语》 (“A Critical Review of Chinese Feminism and Sexual/Gender Difference in the New Era”), in, no. 6, 2015, 103-118." 《南开学报:哲学社会科学版》(Nankai Journal: Philosophy, Literature and Social Science Edition), no. 6, 2015, pp. 103-118.|
|Lingzhen Wang. "Gender and Sexual Differences in 1980s China: Introducing Li Xiaojiang." differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, vol. 24, no. 2, 2013, pp. 8-21.|
|Lingzhen Wang. "Other Genders, Other Sexualities: Chinese Differences." differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, vol. 24, no. 2, 2013, pp. 1-7.|
|Lingzhen Wang (Guest Editor). Other Genders, Other Sexualities: Chinese Differences. Duke University Press, 2013.|
|Lingzhen Wang. "Personal Voices and Public Space: Chinese Women’s Autobiographical Practice in the Early Post-Mao Era." Global Cold War Literature: Western, Eastern and Postcolonial Perspectives, edited by Andrew Hammond, New York, Routeledge, 2012, pp. 171-183.|
|Lingzhen Wang. "《90年代中国女性私小说》 (“Women’s Private Novels in 1990s China”)." 《文学评论丛刊》（Literary Criticism), vol. 14, no. 2, 2012, pp. 148-167.|
|《性别与中国电影》(Gender and Chinese Cinema). edited by Lingzhen Wang, Chengzhou He, Nanjing University Press, 2012.|
|Chinese Women’s Cinema: Transnational Contexts. edited by Lingzhen Wang, Columbia University Press, 2011.|
|Lingzhen Wang. "Socialist Cinema and Female Authorship: Over-determination and Subjective Revisions in Dong Kena’s Small Grass Grows on the Kunlun Mountain (1962)." Chinese Women's Cinema: Transnational Contexts, edited by Lingzhen Wang, New York, Columbia Universty Press, 2011, pp. 47-65.|
|Lingzhen Wang. "Transnational Feminist Reconfiguration of Film Discourse and Women’s Cinema”." Chinese Women's Cinema: Transnational Contexts, edited by Lingzhen Wang, New York, Columbia University Press, 2011, pp. 1-46.|
|《性别、理论与文化》(Gender, Theory and Culture). edited by Lingzhen Wang, Chengzhou He, Nanjing University Press, 2010.|
Years of Sadness: Selected Autobiographical Writings of Wang Anyi. edited by Lingzhen Wang, Cornell University Press, 2009.
"《女性的境界：历史，性别，和主体建构－兼论马小颖的<世界上最疼我的人去了>》（“Female Cinematic Imaginary: History, Gendered Subjectivity, and Ma Xiaoying’s Gone Is the One Who Held Me Dearest in the World” ）." 《中外文学》Chung-Wai Literary Monthly, vol. 34, no. 11, 2006, pp. 27-52.
Personal Matters: Women's Autobiographical Practice in Twentieth Century China. Stanford University Press, 2004.
|Lingzhen Wang. "Retheorizing the Personal: Identity, Writing, and Gender in Yu Luojin's Autobiographical Act." positions: east asia cultures critique, vol. 6, no. 2, 1998, pp. 394-438.|
In her second book, Revisiting Women’s Cinema, Wang ponders the roots of contemporary feminist stagnation and the limits of both commercial mainstream and elite minor cultures by turning to socialist women filmmakers in modern China. She foregrounds their sociopolitical engagements, critical interventions, and popular artistic experiments, offering a new conception of socialist and postsocialist feminisms, mainstream culture, and women’s cinema. Wang highlights the films of Wang Ping and Dong Kena in the 1950s and 1960s and Zhang Nuanxin and Huang Shuqin in the 1980s and 1990s to unveil how they have been profoundly misread through extant research paradigms entrenched in Western Cold War ideology, late second-wave cultural feminism, and post-Mao intellectual discourses. Challenging received interpretations, she elucidates how socialist feminism and culture were conceptualized and practiced in relation to China’s search not only for national independence and economic development but also for social emancipation, proletarian culture, and socialist internationalism. Wang calls for a critical reevaluation of historical materialism, socialist feminism, and popular culture to forge an integrated emancipatory vision for future transnational feminist and cultural practices.
Her other research and writing projects include translations of Chinese women writers into English, a study of feminism and consmopolitics in the modern world, and a re-examination of the legacy of socialist feminism.
Distinguished IWLC Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University, China
Edith Goldthwaite Miller Faculty Fellow, Pembroke Center, Brown University
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
International Research Fellowship at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, John Hopkins University
Bunting Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
Faculty Research Fellowship, the Pembroke Center, Brown University
Association for Asian Studies
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
|CHIN 1040 - Modern Chinese Literature|
|COLT 1610T - Critical Approaches to China|
|EAST 1070 - China Modern: An Introduction to the Literature of Twentieth-Century China|
|EAST 1270 - China Through the Lens: History, Cinema, and Critical Discourse|
|EAST 1950B - Chinese Women, Gender and Feminism from Historical and Transnational Perspectives|
|EAST 1950G - Market Economy, Popular Culture, and Mass Media in Contemporary China|
|EAST 1950M - Critical Approaches to China|