Department of Foreign Languages & Cultures

Faculty & Staff

Christopher Lupke

Professor of Chinese and Cinema Studies

Ph.D., Cornell University 1993




B. A., Grinnell College, 1982
M. A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1984
Ph. D., Cornell University, 1993

Research & Interests

Christopher Lupke's primary research interest is in modern Chinese literature and culture. He is the editor of The Magnitude of Ming: Command, Allotment and Fate in Chinese Culture (University of Hawai'i Press, 2005) and New Perspectives on Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). He also has guest edited special theme issues of Asian Cinema, positions: east asia critique, The Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese, and Pacific Coast Philology. His essays have appeared in boundary 2, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Journal of Asian Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, Senses of Cinema, Chinese Literature Today, and Journal of Taiwan Literature. He is the author of over a dozen other essays that have appeared in various collected volumes. Lupke's early work centered on the interrogation of the cohesive nation state in contemporary Chinese literature. He has recently completed a book on the Taiwanese auteur filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien that is forthcoming from Cambria Press. His current work is on a book-length project on the Chinese notion of filiality xiao as it has been represented in the modern era.

Translation is an abiding interest for Christopher Lupke, and his numerous translations have appeared in Chinese PEN, Taiwan Literature, Sourcebook of Taiwan Literature, Contemporary Poetry from Taiwan, and Endless War: Fiction and Essays by Wang Wen-hsing (Cornell East Asia Press). Most recently, he has been focusing on translating the poetry of Xiao Kaiyu, one of the most challenging poets writing in China today. His translations of Xiao's poetry have appeared in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Push Open the Window: Contemporary Poetry from China (Copper Canyon Press), New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Tupelo Press), Five Points, Free Verse, and Epiphany: A Literary Journal. He ultimately hopes to publish a book-length collection of Xiao's poetry.

Lupke has been the principal investigator on approximately US $615,000 in extramural grant funding, including four Fulbright grants of various kinds, two US Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies grants, two NEH seminar grants, three Chiang Ching-kuo Grants (Taiwan), two Blakemore Fellowships, two Taiwan National Science Foundation grants, a Spark Grant from Humanities Washington, a research grant from the National Central Library, Taiwan, and various others.




Christopher Lupke
(509) 335-2755
Thompson Hall 101C

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