Mingwei Song


(781) 283-3588
East Asian Languages & Cultures
B.A., Shandong University; M.A., Fudan University; M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University
GRH 230E

Mingwei Song
Assistant Professor of Chinese

Specializing in modern Chinese literature, film studies and youth culture.

My research interests include modern Chinese literature from the late Qing to the early 21st century, Chinese cinema, science fiction, and the youth culture. I have published books and articles in both English and Chinese. I am currently working on a monograph titled "Young China: Youth, Nation, and the Bildungsroman, 1900-1959" (in English), an anthology of Chinese science fiction (in Chinese), and a special issue on Chinese science fiction for the journal Renditions (in English. My Chinese books include Criticism and Imagination: Collected Essays, 1997-2010 (Shanghai, forthcoming) and The Sorrows of a Floating World: a Biography of Eileen Chang (Taipei, 1996; Shanghai, 1998; Hong Kong, 2001. My articles have appeared in such journals as China Scholarship, Studies of Modern China, Shanghai Literature, Shanghai Culture, Frontier, and Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese. In 2003, I received a “Shanghai Literature Award” for literary criticism. A History of Contemporary Chinese Literature, which I co-authored, won an “Excellent College Textbook Award” from China’s Ministry of Education in 2001. I recently co-edited a special issue for Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese, which was titled "The Obscure Decade: Literary Imagination and Political Culture in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the PRC, 1949-1959" (winter 2009.

Since I joined the faculty of Wellesley College in 2007, I have designed, renovated, and taught a variety of courses covering the literature, film, and popular culture of modern China. My pedagogy emphasizes the following points: close reading and critical thinking, historical analysis, and intercultural literacy. The essential task of my teaching is to help students develop critical skills for engaging with texts and then to gain cross-cultural understanding through situating them in larger historical and cultural contexts. This mission applies to my literature courses as well as to my film and popular culture courses. My course offerings are designed and updated to appeal to Wellesley students’ diverse interests in modern Chinese literature and culture in a wide range of themes, genres, and topics. Here are a few courses I have offered regularly:

  • Writing Modern China
  • Writing Women in Modern China
  • Chinese Cinema
  • The City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film
  • Popular Culture in Modern China