Shu-mei Shih

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Professor Shu-mei Shih has a split appointment in the Department of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies.  Her areas of research include Sinophone studies, modern Chinese literature, modern Taiwan literature, minority discourse, critical theory, postcolonial studies, feminism, transnationalism, and world literature.  She is currently working on two monographs, Empires of the Sinophone as well as Comparison as Relation, editing a book entitled Indigenous Knowledge: Comparative and Relational Perspectives, and co-editing two books entitled Keywords of Taiwan theory (in Mandarin Chinese) and World Studies: Theories and Debates.



2017               Against Diaspora: Discourses on Sinophone Studies《反離散:華語語系研究論》Taipei:
Linking。(monograph in Mandarin Chinese; 2nd printing, 2018)

2016               Knowledge Taiwan: On the Possibility of Theory in Taiwan《知識台灣:台灣理論的可能                        性》Taipei:Ryefield。(co-edited volume in Mandarin Chinese)

2015               Comparatizing Taiwan.  New York and London: Routledge. (co-edited volume, paper
back edition 2017)

2013               Sinophone Studies: A Critical Reader. New York: Columbia University Press. (co-edited

2013               Visuality and identity: Sinophone Articulations across the Pacific《視覺與認同:跨太平
洋華語語系呈現,表述》Taipei: Linking. (translated monograph; 2nd printing 2015; 3rd printing 2018)

2011               The Creolization of Theory. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. (co-edited with Françoise Lionnet; 2nd printing 2017)

2007               Visuality and Identity: Sinophone Articulations across the Pacific. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. (monograph)

2007               The Lure of the Modern: Writing Modernism in Semicolonial China, 1917-1937《現代的誘惑:書寫半殖民地的中國的現代主義(1917-1937)》Nanjing:Jiangsu People’s Press (translated monograph)

2005               Minor Transnationalism. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. (co-edited with Françoise Lionnet; 2nd printing 2009)

2001               The Lure of the Modern: Writing Modernism in Semicolonial China, 1917-1937. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. (monograph)

Selected Research Articles:

2016               “Theory in a Relational World,” Comparative Literature Studies 53:4 (Fall) 722-746.

2016              “Race and Relation: The Global Sixties in the South of the South,” Comparative Literature 68:2 (June) 141-154.

2015               “World Studies and Relational Comparison,” PMLA 130:2 (March) 430-438.

2013               “Race and Revolution: Blackness in China’s Long Twentieth Century,” PMLA 128:1 (January), 156-162.

2013               “Comparison as Relation,” Comparison: Theories, Approaches, Uses. Eds. Rita Felski and Susan Friedman. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

2012               “Is the Post in Postsocialism the Post in Posthumanism?” Social Text 30:1 (Spring), 27-50.

2010               “The Concept of the Sinophone,” PMLA 126:3 (May 2011) 709-718.

2010               “Against Diaspora: The Sinophone as Places of Cultural Production,” appeared in 7 different anthologies.

2010               “Theory, Asia, and the Sinophone,” Postcolonial Studies 13:4 (2010) 465-484.

2008               “Comparative Racialization,” PMLA 123:5 (November) 1347-1362.

2004               “Global Literature and the Technologies of Recognition,” PMLA 119:1 (January), 16-30.

2003               “Globalization and Taiwan’s (In)significance,” Postcolonial Studies 6:2 (July).

2002               “Towards an Ethics of Transnational Encounter, or ‘When’ Does a ‘Chinese’ Woman Become a ‘Feminist’?” differences: a journal of feminist cultural studies 13:2 (Summer), 90-126.