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Chi-ming Yang

Associate Professor of English


Fisher-Bennett Hall 314

Office Hours

Fri. 2-4 pm, & by appointment

Chi-ming Yang received her Ph.D. in English from Cornell University and her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University with emphases in Spanish, Chinese, and English. She specializes in the literary and visual culture of race and empire, with a focus on East-West cultural exchanges stretching from the early modern period to the 18th century, and up to the contemporary moment. Her scholarship is interdisciplinary and comparative in approach, crossing the bounds of British, American, Asian, and Latin American studies.  Primary fields of research include: transatlantic/transpacific exchanges; science and race; material culture and globalism; contemporary/postcolonial art, film, and visual culture. Her book, Performing China: Virtue, Commerce, and Orientalism in Eighteenth-century England, 1660-1760 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011), is a study of the European fascination with Asia. It examines how China became an intensely debated example of virtue amidst England’s new consumer culture. Publications related to the theme of early modern orientalism have appeared in Comparative Literature Studies, Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Humans and Other Animals in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Representation, Hybridity, Ethics. Her new work concerns race, chinoiserie, transatlantic slavery, and the cultural impact of global flows of silver between Latin America and East Asia.

Courses Taught

fall 2015

ENGL 040.301 British Poetry

spring 2015

fall 2014

ENGL 748.401 Racial Enlightenment

spring 2014

fall 2013

ENGL 800.301 Pedagogy

spring 2012

ENGL 748.401 Theorizing Orientalism

fall 2011

spring 2011

ENGL 593.401 Racial Enlightenment

fall 2010

ENGL 311.301 The Honors Program

summer 2009

spring 2009

fall 2008

spring 2007

ENGL 748.301 Theorizing Orientalism

fall 2006