Modern Chinese Literature and Culture Working Group

Mclc ImagePainting by Chao Shao-an



The Modern Chinese Literature and Culture Working Group was established within the Liu Institute in spring 2020 to provide a forum for faculty fellows and invited speakers to share and receive feedback on new scholarly work. Founding faculty fellows are Tarryn Chun, Xian Wang, Iris Ma, and Michel Hockx

The group reflects the University’s growing strength in modern Chinese literature and culture and potential interest in this area from faculty and students across a number of disciplines. Group members meet monthly for presentations by faculty and invited speakers.

The primary goals of the pilot semester were to enable Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College faculty to workshop their current works-in-progress and to build participation in the group. 


For more events, please visit the Liu Institute events site at

Monthly Meetings 

Thursday Sept. 16, 3:30-5pm - Reading Group on New Scholarship on Socialist Culture

  • We will read the introductions + one chapter each from two recently published books: Newborn Socialist Things by Laurence Coderre and Transforming Tradition by Siyuan Liu

Thursday October 7, 3:30-5pm - "Socialist Utopian Special Effects: Stage Technology in the PRC, 1958-1964" by Tarryn Chun

Thursday November 11, 3:30-5pm - "The Shifting Limits of Reform: Literature and Censorship in China since 1979" by Michel Hockx

Thursday December 2, 3:30-5pm - Title TBD by Iris Ma

To join, please email Tarryn Chun at


Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies
2150 Jenkins Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA

Phone: 574-631-3222

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