Jinqi Ling is Professor of English. His teaching and research focus on Asian American literary studies within the larger context of cultural and racial formations in the United States, of Asians’ migration and diaspora on a global scale, and in light of significant literary and theoretical debates that both register and go beyond immediate concerns of the field. He is particularly interested in exploring the historicity of Asian American narrative forms; the political ramifications of generic criticism as it pertains to Asian American fiction and, to a lesser extent, Asian American drama; spatial materialism; literary avant-garde; and the ongoing relevance of realist representation.
He is the author of two monographs: Narrating Nationalisms: Ideology and Form in Asian American Literature (Oxford UP, 1998) and Across Meridians: History and Figuration in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Transnational Novels (Stanford UP, 2012). He is currently completing a third book titled Asian American Literature: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism for Paligrave Macmillan Press, while working on a book manuscript tentatively titled, “Accents of Yearning: Asian American Prose Fiction and the Contingencies of Form, 1937-1968.”
Areas of Interest
Asian American prose fiction; literary periodization; genre studies; critical theory that concerns historicized aesthetics and the intersection between realism and modernism/postmodernism.
Ph.D., Washington State University, 1992
M.A., Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin, China,1982
Research InterestsAsian 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.
- Asian American Literature: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism. London: Paligrave Macmillan Press, forthcoming.
- “Asian American Short Fiction and the Contingencies of Form, 1930s to 1960s.” In The Cambridge History of Asian American Literature, edited by Minh Song and Rajini Srikanth, 187-202. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
- “Speculative Fiction.” In The Routledge Companion to Asian American Literature, edited by Rachel Lee, 497-508. New York: Routledge Press, 2014.
- Across Meridians: History and Figuration in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Transnational Novels, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012.
- “From the Modern to the Postmodern: Reflections on Form and Referent.” (in Chinese) English and American Literary Studies 16 (Spring 2012): 339-355.
- “Forging a North-South Perspective: Nikkei Migration in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Novels.” Amerasia Journal 32.2 (2006): 1-22.
- “Before and After Orientalism.” Amerasia Journal 31.1 (2005): 42-47.
- No-No Boy, by John Okada.” In A Resource Guide to Asian American Literature, edited by Stephen H. Sumida and Sau-ling C. Wong, 140-150. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2001.
- Narrating Nationalisms: Ideology and Form in Asian American Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
- “Identity Crisis and Gender politics: Reappropriating Asian American Masculinity.” In An Interethnic Companion to Asian American Literature, edited by King-Kok Cheung, 312-337. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
- “Reading for Historical Specificities: Gender Negotiations in Louis Chu’s Eat A Bowl of Tea.” MELUS 20.1 (Spring 1995): 35-51.
- “Race, Power, and Cultural Politics in John Okada’s No-No Boy.” American Literature 67.2 (June 1995): 359-81.