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Jinqi Ling


Areas of Interest:


Asian American Studies and English

Phone: 310-206-5412 | 310-825-4173



149 Humanities


Jinqi Ling’s teaching and research focus on Asian American literary studies as a discourse constructed out of its engagement with and articulation through a specific set of historical contingencies and contexts. He is particularly interested in exploring the referential or cognitive function of this literature, as well as the conditions of its production and reproduction open to symptomatic reading and ideological transcoding. His research method is chiefly informed by versions of Russian Formalism and, to a lesser extent, of structuralism and poststructuralism, with an emphasis on historicized aesthetics and formally motivated cultural criticism.

He is the author of three monographs: Narrating Nationalisms: Ideology and Form in Asian American Literature (Oxford UP, 1998); Across Meridians: History and Figuration in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Transnational Novels (Stanford UP, 2012); and Asian American Literature (Bloomsbury’s essential criticism series, 2022). He is currently working on an article titled “Open Realist Genre, Riven Humanism: Rehistoricizing Yanghill Kang’s East Goes West,” and a book manuscript titled “The Experimental Temper: Early Asian American Prose Fiction and Its Formal Search, 1937-1968.”

Areas of Interest

Critical theory; Asian American literature; genre studies; and representational concerns at the intersection between realism and high modernism/early postmodernism


Ph.D., Washington State University, 1992
M.A., Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin, China,1982

Research Interests

Asian American novel and short fiction; critical theory (including Continental traditions and perspectives) that concerns the following: relationship between the modern and the postmodern, philosophical discourse on mimesis and human cognition, secular criticism, and historicized aesthetics.

Jinqi Ling