Chinese Language & Culture Faculty
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
Professor Zhang joined New College in 2007 to start the Chinese program. She has since designed and taught Chinese language courses at all levels, including an introduction to Classical Chinese. She has offered both survey and topical courses on Chinese literature and culture, covering periods, genres, writers and literary movements of the pre-modern China extensively. Professor Zhang’s scholarly work focuses on the rise of vernacular fiction, theater and book culture in the late Ming and Qing China. Her recent research examines book illustrations, a prominent feature of books printed in this period, as both a form of commentary and a visual attraction.
Ph.D., University of Maryland, Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies
Professor Zhu joined the New College Faculty in fall 2008, and is a tenure track Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Culture in the Division of Humanities. She offers courses in Chinese language at all levels and in modern and contemporary Chinese literature and film. She does research in the areas of contemporary Chinese women writers, youth culture, modern Chinese cinema as well as Chinese American literature and film. Currently, she is working on a project that explores the cultural politics of emotion and the rise of romantic comedy in contemporary China.