Yu-Kai Lin

Contact Information

E-mail: yukailin@usc.edu

Education

  • Ph.D (Expected: 01/2015) University of Southern California
  • B.A. English, National Central University, Taiwan, 08/2004
  • MSc. Gender Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science, 11/2006


Employment History

  • Language Instructor/Teaching Associate, East Asian Studies Center, USC, 2013 - 2013
  • Teaching Associate, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, USC, 2010 - 2012
  • Teaching Associate, Department of Comparative Literature, USC, 2009 - 2010
  • Lecturer, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley, 2015

Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests


  • My dissertation investigates the historical and discursive condition in which “Chinese literature” (zhongguo wenxue) emerges as a concept indicating a world literary system. Contrary to existing scholarship that emphasizes “the modern” in exploring Chinese literary modernism but sees “Chinese literature” as a given and ahistorical concept, this work explores the compound itself, revealing how it became an independent knowledge category that implies a global literary world. By understanding “Chinese literature” as an overdetermined concept that develops out of a complex discursive network, I argue that Chinese intellectuals had assimilated and negotiated with various social, ideological, and scientific concepts, from ancient China, modern Western countries, and Japan, to imagine and articulate a universal idea of literature in Chinese terms. My work thus intervenes in the ongoing debate on the concept of “world literature” by asking whether or not this concept is capable of explaining literary traditions derived from cultural contexts outside those of the West. By demonstrating the multiple and different ways of imagining “literature” as a cross-cultural and transhistorical idea in the Chinese context, my research points to a plural understanding of literature whose meanings are determined locally and contextually.

Research Keywords


  • Epistemology of Chinese fiction, conceptual history of Chinese literature, critical and literary theories, gender and sexuality, cultural studies


Conference Presentations

  • “The Question of ‘Fiction’ in Chinese Literature: Reading Lu Xun in Two Languages.” In the Seminar of “Positioning the subject of world literature.” The 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. (2013/4/3-4/7)
  • “Fictionality and National Literature: A Re-examination of Lu Xun’s A Brief History of Chinese Fiction.” Global Lives Conference, Stony Brook University, New York, USA. (2012/10/13)
  • “Dis/location of Origin: Japanese Kaidan and Deconstruction.” The 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA. (2012/3/29-4/1)
  • "Tales That Cannot Be Told: A Strange Case of Japanese Kaidan Tales." The 47th Annual Comparative Literature Conference “Drawing the Line(s): Censorship & Cultural Prac-tices, California State University, Long Beach, USA. (2012/3/1-3)
  • “Painted Skin and the Ideal Image—Negotiating the Ghost/Human Relation.” From Animation to Reanimation: The Symposium on Monsters, Myths and Media, USC, LA, USA. (2010/4/22)
  • “The Problem of Modernity: Rethinking Bodies, Sexualities, and Modernizations.” Risk Conference: Consortium for Literature, Theory, and Culture conference, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, USA. (2009/5/29)
  • “In the Name of Others: The Problems of the 'Original' Name.” Global Languages, Local Cultures: Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Har-vard University, Boston, USA. (2009/3/26-29)
  • “Orgasm Theory: Toward a New Perspective on Sex Therapy.” Multitude Lives/Bodies: 2005 Taiwan Cultural Studies Association Conference, Chungli, Taiwan. (2006/1/7)
  • “The Social Meaning of Beauty Contest: Media Construction and Feminist Discourse in Taiwan.” Seminar on Women’s/Gender Studies: Researches and Teaching, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan. (2004/5/11)

Publications

  • Journal Article
    Lin, Y. K. (2014). Articulating ‘Literature’ in the Chinese Context. Journal of the History of Ideas in East Asia. (Forthcoming).
    Lin, Y. K. (2014). The Rise of Xiaoshuo as a Literary Concept: Lu Xun and the Question of "Fiction" in Chinese Literature. Frontiers of Literary Studies in China. Volume 8, Issue 4: 631-651.
    Lin, Y. K. (2005). A Radical Interpretation of Erich Fromm's Concept of Man. Con-temporary (Dangdai). Vol. 210, pp. 132-143. National Central Library Database
    Lin, Y. K. (2004). "The Historical Position of Louis Althusser: The Epistemological Break of Marx". Con-temporary (Dangdai). Vol. 203, pp. 112-121. National Central Library Database
    Lin, Y. K. (2004). Four Phases of Alienation – A Study of the Temporality of Marx's Concept of Alienation. Hsiuping Journal of Humanities and Social Science. Vol. 4, pp. 1-26. National Central Library Database
     
    Other
    Lin, Y. K. (2006). "Press Statement fom NCU Students". in Josephine Ho (eds.) The Zoophilia Webpage Incident, ChungLi: Center for the Study of Sexualities, NCU Press, pp. 200-201. (2006) (In Chinese).
    Lin, Y. K. (2006). "Reply to Ying-Fu Yu Attorney: On the Verdict of Zoophilia Hyperlink Case". in Josephine Ho (eds.) The Zoophilia Webpage Incident, ChungLi: Center for the Study of Sexualities, NCU Press, pp. 257-258. (2006) (In Chinese). The Zoophilia Webpage Incident
    Lin, Y. K. (2006). "What We Need is Dialogue! Not Verdict!", in Josephine Ho (eds.) The Zoophilia Webpage Incident, ChungLi: Center for the Study of Sexualities, NCU Press, pp. 335-336. (2006) (In Chinese).
    Lin, Y. K. (2006). "After the Criminal Suit: Reflections on the Zoophilia Hyperlink Incident", in Josephine Ho (eds.) The Zoophilia Webpage Incident, ChungLi: Center for the Study of Sexualities, NCU Press, pp. 312-313. (2006) (In Chinese). The Zoophilia Webpage Incident
    Lin, Y. K. (2006). "Freedom of Speech in Taiwan: A Discussion on the Case of Animal Love." Cultural Studies Monthly. Issue 34. (2003) (In Chinese); reprinted in Josephine Ho (eds.) The Zoophilia Webpage Incident, ChungLi: Center for the Study of Sexualities, NCU Press, pp. 256-257. (2006) (In Chinese). The Zoophilia Webpage Incident
     

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works


  • Poster, "Techno Nezha: History, Culture and Politics in Taiwan." This project aims at his-toricizing and problematizing the once well-acclaimed Taiwanese folkloric practice, dianyin santaizi, and its cultural-political implication in the context of Taiwan in the past decade, Spring 2011   

Service to the University


Administrative Appointments


  • Residential Advisor, University of Southern California, 2013-2014