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Tonglu Li is Assistant Professor of Chinese at Iowa State University. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. His primary research interest is 20th century Chinese literature and culture. Recently, he has been investigating the issues of belief and violence in the literary representation in modern China.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Exploring the Cultural Memory of the Common People: Desire, Violence, and Divinity in Mo Yan’s Sandalwood Death (2001). Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, 42.1 (2016) 25-48.
  • “Mo Yan’s Frog and the Competing Discourses on the Reconstruction of Cultural Memory on Birth and Birth Control,” Tsing Hua Journal of Chinese Literature, No.15 (2016), 189-220.
  • “‘Stay Loyal to the Earth’: The Transcendental, the Teleological, and the Quotidian in Zhou Zuoren’s (1885-1967) Reflections on Modern Life.” Asia Major, 28, part 2 (2015), 109-145.
  • “Trauma, Play, Memory: Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out and Mo Yan’s Strategies for Writing History as Story.” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 9, no. 2 (2015) 235-258.
  • “The Sacred and the Cannibalistic: Zhou Zuoren’s Critique of Violence in Modern China.” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews, 36 (2014): 25-60.
  • “Beyond the Nation-State Paradigm: On the Reconstruction of Cultural Subjectivity and Universalism in China.” Frontiers of Literary Theory (Wenxue Lilun Qianyan), 11 (2014): 25-53.
  • “To Believe or Not to Believe: Zhou Zuoren’s Alternative Approaches to the Chinese Enlightenment.” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Spring 25, no. 1 (2013): 206-260.
  • “Language Practicum: the ‘Interface’ Between Classroom Learning and Real-world Communication.” Language Teaching and Linguistic Studies, 3 (2012): 50-57.
  • “New Humanism,” Modern Language Quarterly, 69.1 (2008): 61-79.
  • “Zhou Zuoren: the Forerunner of Deconstructive Criticism in China,” (Zhou Zuoren: Zhongguo Xiandai Jiegou Piping de Xianqu) Frontiers of Literary Theory (Wenxue Lilun Qianyan), Vol.3 (2006): 274-316.

Non-Refereed Journal Articles

  • “Han Chao’s Landscape Painting and the Anxiety of Art in China.” Chinese Painting, 32 (2011): 74-81.

Refereed Proceedings from Major Conferences

  • “The Art of Calligraphy as the Symbol of Life: A Pedagogical Perspective,” Collected Essays on Calligraphy and Calligraphy Education, Guangxi, China. Forthcoming.

Refereed Presentations at Major Conferences

  • “Lust, Corruption, Violence: Mo Yan’s POW! and the Writing of Post-socialist China as Dystopia,” the 2015 RMMLA Convention. 10, 2015.
  • “State, Intellectuals and the People: Frog and the Reconstruction of Cultural Memory in Multiple Discourses,” The International Symposium on Cultural Memory: Time, History and Media. Hangzhou, China, 5, 2015.
  • “Religious belief and the Resistance to Violence in Mo Yan’s Novels,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Chicago, 3, 2015.
  • “The Sound of Theater and the construction of the Peasantry Identity in Mo Yan’s Sandalwood Death.” The 130th MLA Annual Convention, Vancouver, Canada. 1, 2015.
  • “Trauma, Play, Memory: Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out and Mo Yan’s Strategies for Writing History as Story.” MCAA-SWAC joint conference. Lawrence, KS. 10, 2014.
  • “The Art of Calligraphy as the Symbol of Life: A Pedagogical Perspective,” The 9th International Conference on Shufa Nanning, Guangxi, China. 6, 2014.
  • “The Divine Mother Figure as a Critique of Historical Violence: Reading Mo Yan’s Big Breasts and Wide Hips”, KFLC. Lexington, KY. 4, 2014.
  • “Developing Cultural Awareness: A Case Study of Integrating Culture into CFL Class”, ACTFL/CLTA 2013 Conference. Orlando, FL. 11, 2013.
  • “From Tagore to Mo Yan: Critique of Violence and the Reconstruction of a Cultural Subjectivity in China,” Paper presented at the International Conference from Tagore to Mo Yan: The Universality of the One Hundred Year’s Oriental Culture. 6, 1, 2013. Shanghai, China.
  • “Interview with Native Speakers: Internationalizing Students’ Learning Experiences through Collaboration with Students from China,” Paper presented at the ACTFL/CLTA conference. Philadelphia, PA. 11, 2012.
  • “A Preliminary Study of Beginning Level Chinese-as-a-Foreign-Language American College Students’ Experience in and Perception of Chinese-Language Films.” Paper presented at the Conference on Chinese Cinema in the United States since 1979 in Columbia, South Carolina. Fall 2010. Co-authored with Shenglan Zhang.
  • “Creative Engagement – A Way of Using Chinese Language Films in Language Instruction for Intermediate and Advanced Learners: A Preliminary Proposal.” Paper presented at the Conference on Chinese Cinema in the United States since 1979 in Columbia, SC. Fall 2010.

Other Publications

Translations

  • Slavoj Žižek, “The Specter of Ideology” (Yishixingtai De Youling) Cross-cultural Žižek Reader (Qi Zeke Kua Wenhua Duben), Gary Xu ed, Shanghai: Shanghai Renmin chubanshe, 2011. 17-51.
  • Slavoj Žižek, “Introduction: They Control Iraq, But Do They Control Themselves?” (Tamen KongzhiYilake, Danshi Tamen Kongzhi Ziji Ma?) Cross-cultural Žižek Reader (Qi Zeke Kua Wenhua Duben) Gary Xu ed, Shanghai: Shanghai Renmin chubanshe, 2011. 55-61.

Book Reviews

  • A Bibliographic Study of Modern Chinese Novel (Zhongguo Xiandai Changpian Xiaoshuo Mingzhu Banben Jiaoping), Jin Hongyu. The Translator: Studies in Intercultural       Communication, 15, no. 2 (2009): 440-444.

Review Articles for Literary Newspaper

  • “Western Readers’ Reception of Mo Yan’s Frog,” Literature Press (Wenxue bao), Sec. 17, May 7, 2015.

Creative Writing

  • “The Middlebury Story,” Chinese School at Middlebury: The Passage to Success. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2013. 426-429.
  • “The Final Confession of Mistress Wang.” Graduate Journal of Asian Pacific Studies 3.2 (2005): 13-26. <http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/sites/index.cfm?P=9060>
  • Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Research Scholarship, Iowa State University, 2014-2015
  • McClain Faculty Fellowship, Iowa State University, 2014
  • LAS Small Grants, Iowa State University, 2011, 2014
  • Grant for Internationalizing Freshmen Experiences, Study Abroad Center, Iowa State University, 2011. Co-authored with Shenglan Zhang.
  • 
Dissertation Completion Fellowship, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Panel Organizer, “Internationalizing Students’ Learning Experiences through Collaboration with Students from China,” ACTFL/CLTA. Philadelphia, PA. 11, 2012.

  • “Why Is Learning Chinese Important in today’s World?” guest lecture for Chinese Culture Club, Iowa State University. 02, 2011

  • Panel Discussant, “Economics of China and India,” Discussion for Econ 387X, Iowa State University, fall 2010.

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Contact

Office: 2244 Pearson Hall
Phone: (515) 294-0836
Email: tongluli@iastate.edu