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Dr. Lorraine Wong

Dr Lorraine Wong

Lecturer Chinese Programme

Lorraine C.M. Wong received her BA in English from the University of Hong Kong, MPhil in Sociology from Cambridge University and Ph.D in Comparative Literature from New York University. Based on her interdisciplinary training, Lorraine’s research focuses on the history of script reforms in modern China and this history's relation to the emergence of modern Chinese literature as well as to the digital revolution in today’s world. Currently she is working on a book manuscript entitled “The Chinese Latinization Movement: Language, History and Politics: 1917-1958.” This project analyses the theory and practice of a group of left-wing language workers, literary critics and writers in China who were inspired by the Soviet Union’s campaign of anti-illiteracy in the 1920s and accordingly sought to replace Chinese characters with what they understood to be the prime modern technology of literacy --- the Latin alphabet. It reveals the complex demands of mass literacy, national coherence and left-wing internationalism and analyses how this revolutionary campaign was ended by the new Chinese state in the 1950s. Building on this research on China’s script politics in the global contexts, Lorraine’s second book project explores the rebirth of non-Mandarin, regional languages in the literary and cultural discourses of today’s China as well as the intriguing connections between these non-standard, polyvocal voices and the digitalization of the Chinese scripts in the 21st century.

Office: Arts 3S10
Tel: +64 3 479 7721
Email: lorraine.wong@otago.ac.nz

Teaching interests:

Lorraine teaches CHIN 334 and CHIN 335, CHIN 243/343 and CHIN 244. In the coming semesters, she will incorporate various special topics into CHIN 243/343 and CHIN 244 such as urban and rural imaginations in Chinese literary discourses, youth culture and gender politics in modern and contemporary China, print media and technological changes, socialist culture as well as world literature.

She welcomes applications from research students who wish to work in the following areas:

Chinese Studies:
History and Culture of the Chinese Scripts
Film and Popular Cultures (mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Chinese Diaspora) Sinophone Literature; Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
Modern Chinese History

Comparative Literature:
The Idea of China in Western Intellectual Discourses
Linguistics in western Marxism
Romanizations and Script Reforms in non-western worlds

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Publications

Wong, L. (2013). Wenmang, qunzhong yu shijie: Sanshi niandai Zhongguo de ladinghua yun dong [Illiteracy, the masses and the world: The Chinese Latinization movement in the 1930s]. In L. Pang (Ed.), Biancheng duihua: Xianggang, Zhongguo, bianyuanm bianjie [City of the edge: Hong Kong. China, boundaries and borderland]. (pp. 97-123). Hong Kong, China: Chinese University Press.

Wong, L. C. M. (2015). Writing China: Gu Wenda, Victor Segalen and their Steles. Literature Compass, 12(8), 385-395. doi: 10.1111/lic3.12247

Wong, L. (2014). [Review of the book Lu Xun’s revolution: Writing in a time of violence]. China Journal, 72, 230-231. doi: 10.1086/677130

Wong, L. (2016, May). Chinese Latinization and the literary avant-garde in modern China. Verbal presentation at the China and Global Modernity, 1784-1919 Conference, Guangzhou, China.

Wong, L. (2015, March). Mimetic phonocentrism in Gu Wenda’s Forest of Stone Steles. Verbal presentation at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA.

Chapter in Book - Research

Wong, L. (2013). Wenmang, qunzhong yu shijie: Sanshi niandai Zhongguo de ladinghua yun dong [Illiteracy, the masses and the world: The Chinese Latinization movement in the 1930s]. In L. Pang (Ed.), Biancheng duihua: Xianggang, Zhongguo, bianyuanm bianjie [City of the edge: Hong Kong. China, boundaries and borderland]. (pp. 97-123). Hong Kong, China: Chinese University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Wong, L. C. M. (2015). Writing China: Gu Wenda, Victor Segalen and their Steles. Literature Compass, 12(8), 385-395. doi: 10.1111/lic3.12247

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Journal - Research Other

Wong, L. (2014). [Review of the book Lu Xun’s revolution: Writing in a time of violence]. China Journal, 72, 230-231. doi: 10.1086/677130

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Wong, L. (2016, May). Chinese Latinization and the literary avant-garde in modern China. Verbal presentation at the China and Global Modernity, 1784-1919 Conference, Guangzhou, China.

Wong, L. C. M. (2015, November-December). Space and language in wartime China. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Asian Studies Society (NZASIA) 21st Conference: Asian Intersections: Identities and Linkages, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Wong, L. (2015, March). Mimetic phonocentrism in Gu Wenda’s Forest of Stone Steles. Verbal presentation at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA.

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