CGED Research Seminar Series
English Poetry and the Legacies of Colonialism
Speaker: Professor Dorothy Wang (American Studies Program and Department of English, Williams College)
Date: November 26, 2018
Venue: Room 4.04, 4/F, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Dorothy Wang is a Professor in Williams College's American Studies Program and a Faculty Affiliate in the Department of English, speacializing in contemporary Engliah-language poetry (particularly minority experimental poetry) and poetics, with subsidary research interests in Anglophone Chinese diasaporic literature and in American studies.
Her book Thinking Its Presence: Form, Race, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry (Standford University Press, 2013) received the Association for Asian American Srudies' award for best book of literary criticism in 2016 and was chosen by Ben Lener for The New Yorkers's list of "The Books We Loved in 2016." It also garnered honorable mention in the Poetry Foundation's inaugural Pegasus Awards for Criticism in 2014. The first national conference on race and creative writing in the United States was named after Thinking Its Presence and was convened in 2014 and 2015 at thr University of Montana and in 2017 at the University of Arizona.
Wang conceived of and co-founded the "Race and Poetry and Poetics in the UK" (RAPAPUK) research initiative, based in the UK, which heald its second conference, "Race and Poetry and Poetics in the UK: Legacies of Colonalism," at Queens' Collegem Cambridge University, from Oct. 27-18. She has also published criticism on Asian Australian literature.
During the academic year 2017-2018, Wang was an ACLS Fredrick Burhardt Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center's Department of English. She is currently a visiting professor at Lingnan University in Hong Kong and was a visiting professor in 2014 at the Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. Wang holds a Ph.D. from the Department of English at the U.C.-Berkeley and previously taught in the English Departments at Northwestern University and Wesleyan University.
School of English, Committee on Gender Equality and Diversity, and School of Modern Languages and Cultures' American Studies Programme, Joint Seminar.