Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 2021
Wu Meng is a sessional lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. A specialist in modern Chinese literature, she is a published literary critic and translator. Her doctoral dissertation, “Time Self-Consciousness in Contemporary Chinese Fiction,” explores how writers from Liu Cixin to Dung Kai-cheung steer away from dominant time-ideologies of progress, portraying a self at odds with its time as the driving force of literary creativity. Wu Meng has taught a wide range of undergraduate courses in Chinese language, literature, cinema, and culture, as well as Euro-American Literature and critical theory. She aspires to integrate research and teaching. A passion for critical thinking has driven her career trajectory from journalism to academia, political science to literary criticism. She is currently writing a book, entitled When Time Goes Q-Shaped: How Contemporary Chinese Writers Think About Time.