Dr. NG Kwok Kwan Kenny (吳國坤)


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Kenny Kwok Kwan NG obtained his PhD from Harvard University (East Asian Languages and Civilizations), and had studied in the Comparative Literature doctoral program at the University of Washington (Seattle) and the summer program at the School of Criticism and Theory of Cornell University before his study at Harvard. Prior to joining City University, he taught a variety of subjects in Chinese humanities, comparative literature, film culture, photography, and cultural studies at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Open University of Hong Kong. His book, Li Jieren, Geopoetic Memory, and the Crisis of Writing Chengdu in Revolutionary China (Brill, 2015) seeks to challenge official historiography and rewrite Chinese literary history from the ground up by highlighting the importance of cultural geography and historical memory. His ongoing book projects concern censorship and visual cultural politics in Cold War China and Asia. He looks into the historical transnational relationships between Hong Kong cinema to mainland China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia so as to map out twentieth-century Chinese cultural history from trans-regional and interdisciplinary perspectives. He has published widely in the fields of comparative literature, Chinese literary and cultural studies, cinema and visual culture in the U.S., UK and Europe, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. His research interests are broad and dynamic, which include history and politics in literature and culture, the relationships between literary and visual studies, vernacular literature and urban culture, colonial cultural history, and comparative literature.

Research Interests/Areas

  • Film Censorship and Colonial Cultural History
  • Historical Imagination and Cultural Geography
  • Transnational Cinema and Visual Culture
  • Urban Culture and Globalization
  • Cultural Memory and Heritage
  • Critical Theory and Aesthetics
  • Comparative Literary Studies

Editor or Editorial Membership

  • Advisory Editor of Li Jieren yanjiu 2007 (《李劼人研究 2007》), Chengdu: Bashu shushe, 2008.
  • Advisory Editor of Li Jieren quanji (《李劼人全集》) (20 vol.), Chengdu: Sichuan wenyi, 2011.

Services outside CityU

  • Advisory Committee of Opera and Translation: Eastern and Western Perspectives, edited by Adriana Şerban and Kelly Chan.
  • Reviewer for Film Appreciation Journal, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Journal of Modern Chinese Literature, Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, PMLA, Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese, The Rocky Mountain Review & E-Review, Asian Cinema.
  • External Examiner, Dept. of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore.