Professor Du received her PhD degree in Chinese Literature and Visual Culture and PhD minor in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2012. She worked as an assistant professor and director of undergraduate studies in Chinese at the University of Miami in Florida before she joined the faculty of HKUST in August 2013.
Modern Chinese Literature and Visual Culture, Women/Children/Animal/Machine, Travel/Migration/Diaspora, and Modernity/Modernism Studies
BookAnimated Encounters: Transnational Movements of Chinese Animation, 1940s-1970s, University of Hawaii Press, 2018.
On the Move: The Trans/national Animated Film in 1940s-1970s China, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
Representative Refereed Journal Articles
"Suspended Animation: The Wan Brothers and the (In)Animated Mainland-Hong Kong Encounter, 1947-1956," Journal of Chinese Cinemas 11.2 (2017): 140-158.
"Socialist Modernity in the Wasteland:Changing Representations of the Female Tractor Driver in China, 1949-1964," Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Spring 2017.
“The Dis/appearance of Animals in Animated Film during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976,” Positions: Asia Critique, 24.2 (2016).
“Living under the Same Roof: A Genealogy of the Family Romance between Mother-in-law and Daughter-in-law in Modern Chinese Hi/story,” Gender & History 25.1 (April 2013): 170-191.
“Diffusion of Absence: The Official Appropriation of Yuan Zhen in Modern Tongzhou,” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 22.2 (Fall 2010): 130-160.
“Documenting Three Gorges Migrants: Gendered Voices of Dis/placement and Citizenship in Rediscovering the Yangtze River and Bingai,” Women’s Studies Quarterly 38.1&2 (Spring/Summer 2010): 27-47.
Other (Refereed) Journal Articles
“The Failed Madman in ‘Dead Quiet and Emptiness:’ Death Drive and the Gendered Melancholic Subject in Lu Xun’s ‘Regret for the Past,’” East Asia Forum vol. 13 (Autumn 2010): 88-106.
“The Spring Rain Festival in Hou ren (Man at Arms),” Journal of Renmin University of China (English Edition) 5.2 (Autumn 2010): 136-144.
“Sexualized Confucianism and Confucian Sexuality,” Sexuality & Culture 11.3 (Summer 2007): 51-61.
“The Fire and the Rose Are One: The Dantesque Purification of Language in T.S. Eliot’s ‘Little Gidding,’” Comparative Literature: East and West 9.1 (Autumn/Winter 2007): 48-54.
Review of Animation in China: History, Aesthetics, Media (Sean Macdonald, 2016), Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, forthcoming.
Review of Representing Children in Chinese and U.S. Children’s Literature (edited by Claudia Nelson and Rebecca Morris, 2014), The China Journal 75 (January 2016).
Review of Chinese Literature and the Child: Children and Childhood in Late-Twentieth-Century Chinese Fiction (Kate Foster, 2014), The China Journal 73 (January 2015).
“New Asian Female Ghost Films,” review of The New Asian Female Ghost Films: Modernity, Gender Politics, and Transnational Transformation (Hunjun Lee, 2011), Dissertation Review: Gender Performance, May 21, 2013.
“A Narrow Cage,” review of Developmental Fairy Tales: Evolutionary Thinking and Modern Chinese Culture (Andrew Jones, 2011), China Information: A Journal on Contemporary China Studies 26.1 (March 2012): 108-109.
“Salvaging Memories from the Ruins of the Three Gorges,” review of In the Lap of the Gods (Li Miao Lovett, 2010), The China Beat, January 24, 2012.
“Shanghai Spaces and Histories,” review of Years of Red Dust: Stories of Shanghai (Qiu Xiaolong, 2010), The China Beat, March 1, 2011.
“Modern Chinese Cinderella in Jianghu,” review of Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society (Adeline Yen Mah, 2004), SOAS Literary Review 4 (Spring 2005): 1-6.
Short Essays (under 3000 words)
“Socialism and the Rise of the First Camerawoman in History of Chinese Animation,” Gender and Animation: Animation Studies 2.0, Society for Animation Studies (SAS) Blog, Dec 3, 2014.