Lydia H. Liu

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Lydia H. Liu ( Chinese  劉禾 *, 27. December 1957 ) is a comparative literature scholar and sinologist and has been at the Columbia University , the Wun Tsun Tam professorship in the field of Humanities ( Humanities ) held. She is also director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at this university and teaches both here and at the Department of East Asian Languages ​​and Cultures. Liu also holds a joint professorship at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tsinghua University . In this position, she also established the Tsinghua-Columbia Center for Translingual and Transcultural Studies (CTTS) at Tsinghua University to promote international collaboration and research.

Academic education and career

Liu studied in both the United States and China. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in 1979 at Northwest China University of Education and her Master of Arts in 1983 from Shangdong University. This was followed by the Ph.D. in 1990. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University .


Teaching assignments

Research fields and priorities

The modern China , cross-cultural exchange, global transformations in modern history with a focus on the global movement of words, theories and artifacts across national borders, and the (further and re-) development of writing systems, textuality and technologised media.

Research interests: comparative political theory , human rights , critical translation theory and the study of new media and psychoanalysis



  • The Nesbit Code (六個 字母 的 解法 in Chinese), Oxford University Press (Hong Kong), 2013. Won the 2014 Hong Kong Book Award.
  • The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory. Co-edited with Rebecca Karl and Dorothy Ko. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.
  • The Freudian Robot: Digital Media and the Future of the Unconscious. University of Chicago Press, 2010.
  • The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making. Harvard University Press, 2004. (Paperback edition 2006) (also published in Chinese).
  • Translingual Practice: Literature, National Culture, and Translated Modernity-China 1900–1937. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995 (also published in Chinese).
  • Tokens of Exchange: The Problem of Translation in Global Circulations. Edited volume. Duke University Press, 1999.
  • Writing and Materiality in China. Co-edited with Judith Zeilin. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2003.
  • Bearers of the Lamp (Chinese). Edited volume. Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2001. (Reprinted by Guangxi Normal University Press in China in Spring 2009).
  • Cross-Writing: Critical Perspectives on Narratives of Modern Intellectual History (in Chinese). Hong Kong: Tiandi Publishing House, 1997. Reprint by Shanghai Salian, 2000.

Latest Articles

  • The Ghost of Arthur H. Smith in the Mirror of Cultural Translation , Journal of American-East Asian Relations, 20 (2013): 406-414.
  • Chapter 56 Henry Wheaton in Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law, eds., Bardo Fassbender and Anne Peters with Simone Peter and Daniel Hogger. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 1132-1136.
  • Translingual Folklore and Folklorics in China , in Regina F. Bendix and Galit Hasan-Rokem, eds., A Companion to Folklore, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2012, pp. 190–210.
  • Fragrant Mourning: Thoughts on Xu Bing's Tobacco Project , in Xu Bing: Tobacco Project, Duke / Shanghai / Virginia, 1999–2011, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, pp. 31–37.
  • The Pictorial Uncanny , in Neal Curtis, ed., The Pictorial Turn, London and New York: Routledge 2010, pp. 112-133.
  • The Cybernetic Unconscious: Lacan, Poe, and French Theory , Critical Inquiry, volume 36 number 2, Winter 2010, pp. 288-320.
  • Writing , a contribution to WYD Mitchell and Mark Hansen, eds., Critical Terms for Media Studies, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010, pp. 310–326.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Lydia H. Liu (Contributor of The Birth of Chinese Feminism). Retrieved June 23, 2018 .
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