Ban Wang

Ban Wang

Professor of Comparative Literature
William Haas Professor of Chinese Studies
1993: Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California at Los Angeles
1985: M.A., English Literature, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China
1982: B.A., English Literature, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China

Ban Wang is the William Haas Endowed Chair Professor in Chinese Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature. He was the Yangtze River Chair Professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai. His major publications include The Sublime Figure of History: Aesthetics and Politics in Twentieth-Century China (Stanford UP 1997), Illuminations from the Past (Stanford UP 2004), History and Memory (in Chinese, Oxford UP, 2004), and Narrative Perspective and Irony in Chinese and American Fiction (2002). He edited Words and Their Stories: Essays on the Language of the Chinese Revolution (Brill, 2010); Chinese Visions of World Order (Duke UP 2017). He co-edited Trauma and Cinema (Hong Kong UP, 2004), The Image of China in the American Classroom (Nanjing UP, 2005), China and New Left Visions (Lexington, 2012), and Debating Socialist Legacy in China (Palgrave, 2014). He was a research fellow with the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2000 and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in 2007. He has taught at Beijing Foreign Studies University, SUNY-Stony Brook, Harvard University, Rutgers University, Seoul National University and Yonsei in Korea, and E. China Normal University. He co-edited the issue of Telos (summer 2010) China: Critical Theory, Market Society, and Culture and co-taught the National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar “Shanghai and Berlin: Urban Modernism” in 2010 and 2011.



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Research Interests

  • Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • Cultural History & Studies


  • Film History, Criticism & Theory


  • Political History, Theory & Culture