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Krista Van Fleit Hang

Associate Professor & Chinese Program Director
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of South Carolina

Office: HUO 811A
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Krista Van Fleit Hang teaches courses in modern/contemporary Chinese literature and film as well as Chinese language courses.  In both her teaching and research she strives to present a sympathetic understanding of culture in a period of China’s history in which both people’s lives and the art they produced were greatly affected by political events.  Dr. Van Fleit Hang’s first book, Literature the People Love, provides students and scholars with a new interpretive framework to approach texts of the Maoist period.  

Currently, Dr. Van Fleit Hang is increasingly drawn to India and fascinated by the cultural connections between China and India.  She was recently awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award to spend six months in New Delhi researching her new book project, an examination of film in China and India.  Her first article from this project, a study of the reception of Raj Kapoor and the blockbuster film Awara in China, was published in Asian Cinema in January 2014. After spending Spring 2015 in New Delhi Dr. Van Fleit Hang will go on to China with the support of a Provost’s Humanities Grant to complete the research for that side of the project.     

Dr. Van Fleit Hang teaches courses such as Modern Chinese Literature, Women in China, Screening China, Love and Revolution, Postsocialist China in Film and Fiction, and Bollywood to Beijing.  Since she will be in Asia researching her next book, she will not be teaching between January 2015 and August 2016.  


Select Publications:  

 Literature the People Love: Reading Chinese Texts from the Early Maoist Period (1949-1966) New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.



“‘The Law has no Conscience’: The Cultural Construction of Justice and the Reception of Awara in China,” In Asian Cinema 24.2 (January 2014): 141-159.

“Sisterhood at the Nexus of Love and Revolution: Coming-of-Age Narratives on Both Sides of the Cold War.” In Frontiers of Literary Study in China 6.1 (January 2012): 511-531.

“Zhong Xinghuo: Communist Film Worker.” In Chinese Film Stars, edited by Zhang Yingjin and Mary Farquhar, 108-118. London: Routledge (2010).

“Different Roads to Industrialization: Chinese Realism in Taiwan and the People’s Republic.” In Popular Culture in Taiwan: Charismatic Modernity, edited by Marc Moskowitz, 52-64. London: Routledge (2010).

“The Heart of the Party: Language, Gender, and Politics in Tracks in the Snowy Forest.” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 21.2 (Spring 2009): 72-101.

“People’s Literature and the Construction of a New Chinese Literary Tradition,” Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese 9.2 (2009): 87-107.