• Weijie Song
  • Associate Professor of Chinese Literature
  • wjsong@alc.rutgers.edu
  • Phone: 848-932-6476
  • Office: Rm 322 - Scott Hall 3rd Floor

Professor Weijie Song’s research interests include modern and contemporary Chinese literature and film, urban imagination, martial arts narratives, Chinese popular culture, comparative imagology, as well as Sinophone and diaspora studies. He is the author of Mapping Modern Beijing: Space, Emotion, and Literary Topography (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016, forthcoming) and the author, in Chinese, of From Entertainment Activity to Utopian Impulse: Rereading Jin Yong’s Martial Arts Fiction (1999) and China, Literature, and the United States: Images of China in American and Chinese-American Novel and Drama (2003). His new research projects focus on two book length manuscripts, “Ide©ology: Chinese Environmental Imaginations” and “Between Martial Arts and Avant-Gardes: Sinophone Cinema and the Chinese Mind.” He is the editor of Selected Works of Xu Dishan (1997, 2000, 2008), and the Chinese translator or co-translator of Repressed Modernities (2003, 2005), Translingual Practice (2002, 2008, 2014), Comparative Poetics (1998, 2004), The Structural Transformation of Public Sphere (1999, 2002, 2004), Understanding Popular Culture (2001, 2006), and After the Great Divide: Modernism, Mass Culture, Postmodernism (2010).


  • Ph.D. Columbia University
  • M.Phil. Columbia University
  • Ph.D. Peking University
  • M.A. Peking University
  • B.S. Xi’an Jiaotong University

Areas of Specialization

  • Modern Chinese Literature and Film
  • Urban Culture
  • Comparative Literature
  • Chinese Popular Culture
  • Sinophone and Diaspora Studies


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Selected Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Food, Diaspora, and Nostalgia.” A New Literary History of Modern China. Ed. David Der-wei Wang. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016, forthcoming.
  • “Writing Cities.” A Companion to Modern Chinese Literature. Ed. Yingjin Zhang. Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture. Wiley-Blackwell, 2016, 326-342.
  • “Positions of Sinophone Representation in Jin’s Chivalric Topography.” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 17.1 (2015).
  • “The Aesthetic versus the Political: Lin Huiyin and Modern Beijing.” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR), Volume 36, 2014, 61-94.
  • “Spirit Reality and Slow Violence: Between Political Dystopia and Ecological Utopia 有声的神实,缓慢的暴力:在政治恶托邦与生态乌托邦之间.” Soochow Academic 东吴学术, Issue 5, 2014, 53-62. Revised and reprinted in From Mara to Nobel: Literature, Canons and Modern Consciousness 從摩羅到諾貝爾:文學,經典,現代意識. Eds. Ko Chia cian and Cheng Yu-yu. Taipei: Rye field Publishing Company 麥田, 2015, 409-429.
  • “Jin Yong.” Chinese Fiction Writers, 1950–2000. Ed. Thomas Moran and Ye (Dianna) Xu. Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013, 121-133.
  • “Emotional Topography, Food Memory, and Bittersweet Aftertaste: Liang Shiqiu and the Lingering Flavor of Home.” Journal of Oriental Studies, Volume 45, Numbers 1 & 2, 2012, 89-105.
  • “Old Soul, New Youth, and Zhang Henshui’s Beijing Romance 老灵魂/新青年,与张恨水的北京罗曼史.” Modern Chinese Literature Studies 中国现代文学研究丛刊 (2010:3), 132-142. Revised as “Novel/Romance, the Mind of China, and Tears and Laughter in the Ghost House 小説/羅曼史,中國心靈,鬼屋啼笑.” In Grand View of History of Modern Chinese Fiction: Essays in Honor of C. T. Hsia 中國現代小說的史與學:向夏志清先生致敬, edited by David Der-wei Wang (Taipei: Linking Publishing Company, 2010), 295-312.
  • “Cinematic Geography, Martial Arts Fantasy, and Tsui Hark’s Wong Fei-hung Series.” Asian Cinema 19:1 (2008), 123-142. Revised and reprinted as “The Reproduction of a Popular Hero.” In Rethinking Modern Chinese Popular Culture: Literature and Its Discontents, edited by Carlos Rojas and Eileen Chow (London and New York: Routledge, 2009), 179-189.
  • “Nation-State, Individual Identity, and Historical Memory: Conflicts between Han and Non-Han Peoples in Jin Yong’s Novels,” and “Space, Swordsmen, and Utopia: The Dualistic Imagination in Jin Yong’s Narratives.” In The Jin Yong Phenomenon: Chinese Martial Arts Fiction and Modern Chinese Literary History, edited by Ann Huss and Jianmei Liu (Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2007), 121-178.
  • “Transgression, Submission, and the Fantasy of Youth Subculture: The Nostalgic Symptoms of In the Heat of the Sun.” In 100 Years of Chinese Cinema: A Generational Dialogue, edited by Haili Kong and John A. Lent (Norwalk, CT: East Bridge Signature Books, 2006), 171-182.

Courses Taught

  • Chinese Cinema (01:165:262)
  • Modern Chinese Literature in Translation (01:165:310)
  • Seminar on East Asian Societies (01:098:444)
  • Readings in Modern Chinese Literature (01:165:451/16:217:531)
  • Readings in Contemporary Chinese Literature (01:165:452)
  • Teaching Chinese Through Modern Fiction (16:165:510)
  • Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society (16:165:512)
  • Critical Approaches to East Asian Studies (16:217:501)
  • The City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film (16:217:533/01:165:470)

Selected Awards and Distinctions

  • Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Research Grant, 2011-2012
  • United Daily News “The Best Book of the Year” (Literary Criticism) for 被壓抑的現代性:晚清小説新論 Fin-de-siècle Splendor: Repressed Modernities of Late Qing Fiction, 1849-1911, by David Der-wei Wang, translated by Weijie Song, (Taipei: Rye field Publishing Company 麥田, 2003)