Renren Yang’s research and teaching span twentieth-and twenty-first-century Chinese literature, cinema, and popular culture, with a focus on issues of authorship, mediation, and hybrid genres in Chinese literary and media scenes. His current book project, “A Media Genealogy of Literary Fame in Modern China: Paper, Stage, Screen, and Sphere,” traces the changing concepts, practices, and politics of celebrity authorship throughout twentieth-century Chinese history with the ongoing shift from the print to the digital regime of letters. He also published articles on Chinese web novels and surveillance cinema. Prior to moving to UBC, he taught first-year seminars at Stanford University.
Current research interests:
The intersection of literary and media studies
The apparatus of interface (printed page, book cover, screen, stage, program, skin, etc.)
The making of celebrity authorship in modern China
Chinese time-travel imagination
Chinese surveillance cinema
“Reconfiguring Flatness on Screen: A Short History of Cover Designs for Chinese Web Novels”, Electronic Book Review, March 7, 2021, https://doi.org/10.7273/gf8q-8d91.
“Discreet Camera-Eye, Spectacle, and Stranger Sociality: On the Shift to Prosumer Digital Surveillance in China.” In Surveillance in Asian Cinema: Under Eastern Eyes, edited by Karen Fang. London & New York: Routledge, 2017, 245-68.
“Buried Alive in History: Poetics, Politics, and Ethics of Time in Startling by Each Step (Bubu jingxin) and other Chinese Time-Travel Historical Romances.” Frontier of Literary Studies in China, 2016 10 (4): 699-742.
“Between Languages, Hither or Thither?—A Study of the Use of English and Academic Identities of Chinese Scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences,” second author. Linguistic Research (Issue 7), Institute of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics of Peking University, ed. Beijing: Higher Education Press, 2009: 181-90.