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Tonglin Lu


Professeure honoraire

Faculté des arts et des sciences - Département de littératures et de langues du monde


Tonglin Lu earned her PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and her post-doctorates from Harvard and Berkeley. She teaches intercultural studies, globalization theory, feminism and Chinese culture. Before coming to the Université de Montréal, she taught literature and cinema at the University of Iowa. She is particularly interested in cultural production in a decentralized world, the multimedia influence and the impact of globalized distribution of cultural products on the reconfiguration of local cultures. In her research she focuses on the sociohistorical impact on cultural production and the impact of culture on history and society, taking an essentially interdisciplinary approach. She is completing a publication entitled In the Eye of the Red Storm, and beginning a research project on the relations between culture and the socio-political environment of the Sino-Japanese war.


Areas of Expertise

  • Literary or Artistic Work Analysis
  • Popular Cultures Produced and Broadcasted by Media
  • Cultural Exchanges
  • Globalization
  • Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles
  • Asia
  • China
  • Literary or Artistic Work Dissemination or Reception Contexts
  • Artistic and Literary Theories
  • Transcultural Studies

Student supervision Expand all Collapse all

Subversion et répétition : représentation de la mère dans la littérature chinoise féminine du 20e siècle Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2019 - 2019
Graduate : Xie, Xiaomeng
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
La persistance du désir chez Diadorim Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2016 - 2016
Graduate : Carlos Junior, José
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Of master Hongyi's last calligraphic work Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2014 - 2014
Graduate : Wang, Fei
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
Traduire et interpréter : survol des constructions subjectives d'Ezra Pound et de Xi Chuan Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2010 - 2010
Graduate : Dupuis, Agnès
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
[E]scape : anonymat et politique à l'ère de la mobilisation globale: passages chinois pour la communauté qui vient Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2009 - 2009
Graduate : Bordeleau, Erik
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.
The ambivalent identity of Wong Kar-wai's cinema Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2009 - 2009
Graduate : Moreira Macedo de Carvalho, Ludmila
Cycle : Doctoral
Grade : Ph. D.

Research projects Expand all Collapse all


Lead researcher : Tonglin Lu

Publications Expand all Collapse all


  • “Zhu Shenghao: Shakespeare Translator and a Shakespearean Tragic Hero in
  • Wartime China.” Comparative Literature (11/2012).
  •  “A Cinematic Parallax View: Taiwanese Identity and the Japanese Colonial Past.” Positions: East Asian Cultural Critique (11/2011)
  •  “New ‘Diary of a Madman’ in Post-Mao Global Capitalism.” China Information. (10/2010)
  •  “Melodrama, Broken Homes, and a Chinese Version of the American Dream,” Tamkiang Review, 38.2 (6/2008). 1-21.
  •  “Fantasy and Reality of a Virtual China In Jia Zhangke’s The World.” Chinese Cinéma (9/2008)
  •  “Zizek: the Real and Symbolic Order,” (Qizeke: zhenshi yu xiangzhen zhixu), Foreign Literary Studies. 11/2007. 1-12. (Reprinted by Selected Articles from Chinese Language Academic journals, 2/2008).
  •  “Toward a Trans-textual, Interdisciplinary, Cross-cultural, and Transmodern Community.”  Transtext(e)s/Transcultures, printemps, 2006.
  •  “Fantasy and Ideology in a Chinese Film: A Žižekian Reading of the Cultural Revolution,” Positions: East Asian Cultural Critique, pp. 539-64, (automne 2004)

Éditrice des numéros spéciaux pour les revues scientifiques

  • Chinese Perspective on Zizek and Zizek’s Perspective on ChinaPositions: East Asian Cultural Critique (11/2011)
  • Transnational Asian Cinema. China Information (10/2010)
  • Chinese Cinema in the Global Context. Chinese Cinéma (9/2008)


  • Cultural Criticism on Both sides of the Taiwan Strait, 325 pages, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2004.
  • Confronting Modernity: Contemporary Cinema in Taiwan and Mainland China, 246 pages, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001
  • Misogyny, Cultural Nihilism, and Oppositional Politics: Contemporary Chinese Experimental Fiction, 235 pages, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995
  • Rose and Lotus: Narrative of Desire in France and China, Albany: SUNY Press, 1992
  • Ed. Gender and Sexuality in 20th Chinese Literature and Society, Albany: SUNY Press, 1994

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