Xiaobing Tang's research focuses on twentieth-century Chinese literature, visual arts, and cultural politics. He has published in Chinese and English on a broad range of topics and different cultural texts. In 2011, he guest-curated Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints for the University of Michigan Museum of Art and edited the exhibition catalogue.
Tang's newest publication is Visual Culture in Contemporary China: Paradigms and Shifts (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
In China, Tang is best known for his translation of a series of lectures by Fredric Jameson under the title Postmodernism and Cultural Theory (1986) and for his editorship of Re-Reading (1993), an influential collection of essays in modern Chinese literary studies.
In 2005, Tang received a generous New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that enabled him to pursue visual studies. Prior to Michigan, he taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder, the University of Chicago, and the University of Southern California. He regularly teaches courses on modern Chinese literature and culture, modernism and the avant-garde, literary theory and world literature.
Recent Courses Taught
Translation of Modern Chinese Poetry
Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture
Theories of the Avant-Garde
Great Books in World Literature
Narratives of Desire by Modern Chinese Women Writers
Modern Chinese Visual Culture Lu Xun and Modern China
- Editor, Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints. Exhibition catalogue, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, July 16-October 23, 2011.
- Origins of the Chinese Avant-garde: The Modern Woodcut Movement. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.
- Chinese Modern: The Heroic and the Quotidian, Durham: Duke University Press, 2000. 380 pp.