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Krista Van Fleit Hang

Associate Professor
Department of Language Literature and Cultures
University of South Carolina

Office: HUO 811A
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Van Fleit Hang

Professor Van Fleit Hang’s teaching and research interests are primarily in contemporary Chinese literature and culture. In addition to beginning and intermediate Chinese, she teaches film, literature, and gender studies courses on modern and contemporary China.

Her book and published articles focus on the creation of culture in the early Maoist period, with special attention to the literary construction of new roles for citizens in socialist China. For a review of Literature the People Love see:

Recently, Professor Van Fleit Hang has been engaged in a comparative study of China and India, and has given talks and started publishing on the cultural connections between the two countries. Her first article on the topic, titled “The Law Has No Conscience: Imagining Popular Justice in the Chinese Reception of Awara” is forthcoming in the journal Asian Cinema. She will teach a course on culture in China and India in Spring 2014.  

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


“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.

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