School of Language and Literature 918-631-2411
Ph.D., Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
M.A., Peking University, Beijing, China
B.A., Peking University, Beijing, China
Buoyant and uncompromising, Dr. Zhang is a Transreader across genres (poetry, drama, fiction, essay, diary, correspondence, commentary, art critique), media (literature, music, painting, engraving, sculpture, cinema), and cultures (Scandinavia, Germany, Japan, China).
Prompted Transreading is a critical theory that Dr. Zhang has developed to explore how history, literature, philosophy, and art generate and reshape one another.
For Dr. Zhang, Transreading is existential; mother tongue is any language with which a momentary intuited intimacy enables her fully to convey an otherwise inexpressible thought, feeling, or sentiment.
Modern Transreaders transread by Dr. Zhang: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Heinrich Heine, Søren Kierkegaard, Georg Brandes, Friedrich Nietzsche, August Strindberg, Vincent van Gogh, Käthe Kollwitz, Ernst Barlach, Richard Wilhelm, Rainer Maria Rilke, Lu Xun, Franz Kafka, Feng Zhi, and Mu Dan
Ancient Transreaders transread by Dr. Zhang: Laozi, Zhuangzi, Confucius, Liezi, Sunzi, and Yang Zhu
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Transreading: a method that Dr. Zhang has developed for interdisciplinary studies, which encompasses four simultaneous and interdependent activities—close reading (lento reading), literary translation, creative writing, and cultural hermeneutics. These practices are instrumental to understanding the cosmopolitan figures in modern intellectual history that continue to inform our world with works that are often cryptic, but foundational.
German, Scandinavian, and Japanese Literature, Philosophy, and Intellectual History
Modern and Classical Chinese Philology, Poetics, and Philosophy
European-Asian Cultural Transfer and Dialogue
Critical Thinking & Language Innovation
Philosophy in Literature (Literaturphilosophie)
Literature as History (Reading Poetry as History)
Critique via Social Media
Critique via Pop Music
Anatomy of “Breaking News”
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