Sunny Xiang

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Assistant Professor of English, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2014B.A., Northwestern University, 2006

My research and teaching engage 20th- and 21st-century Anglophone literature, especially contemporary Asian/Asian American literature. My book manuscript Voicing Asia: Post-Cold War Novels, Geopolitics, and Human Rights draws on literary and documentary archives to compare how novels and geopolitics differently represent a voice as “Asian.” It reads the post-Cold War Anglophone novels of Chang-rae Lee, Ha Jin, Kazuo Ishiguro, Wei Hui, Mian Mian, Amitav Ghosh, and Monique Truong as a critical response to Cold War America’s crusade to cultivate Asia’s anti-communist voice. In treating “Asian” and “human” as formal effects of the novel, Voicing Asia pushes literary criticism on race beyond biological and geographical rubrics. It also seeks to provide a less homologous account of the relation between the literary humanities and Human Rights Discourse. My second book, The Chindian Imaginary, reads Sinophone, Chinese Anglophone, and subcontinental literatures through the portmanteau “Chindia,” a term that for me indexes the co-belonging of Asia’s neoliberal homo economicus with its Third Worldist revolutionary.

Selected Publications

- “The Korean Voice of American Empire: ‘Another Dimension’ of the Democratic Spokesman and the Model Minority Narrator,” Journal of Asian American Studies, 17.3 (October 2014)


ENGL 127: Readings in American Literature