David Der-wei Wang

David Der-wei Wang (Chinese: 王德威; born November 6, 1954) is the Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese Literature at Harvard University, and Academician, Academia Sinica. He has extensively written on modern and contemporary Chinese literature, comparative literary theory, and Chinese intellectuals and artists in the 20th century.

David Der-wei Wang
Born (1954-11-06) 6 November 1954
Alma materNational Taiwan University
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Scientific career
InstitutionsNational Taiwan University
Columbia University
Harvard University
David Der-wei Wang


David Der-wei Wang took his B.A. in foreign languages and literature from National Taiwan University, and his M.A. (1978) and Ph.D. (1982) in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Wang taught at National Taiwan University (1982-1986), Harvard University (1986-1990), and Columbia University (1990-2004). In 2004, he rejoined Harvard and was named Edward C. Henderson Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures.[1]

David Wang once served as the head of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University (designated in 1997), when he taught there as the Dean Lung Professor of Chinese Studies. In 2000, he succeeded Irene Bloom as chair of the University Committee on Asia and the Middle East.[2]

Selected Works

  • Fictional Realism in Twentieth-Century China: Mao Dun, Lao She, Shen Congwen (1992)
  • Wang, David Der-wei (1997), Fin-de-Siecle Splendor: Repressed Modernities of Late Qing Fiction, 1849-1911, Stanford: Stanford University Press, ISBN 0-8047-2845-3. The first full-length English language survey of late Qing Dynasty fiction, it has been praised as a major contribution to scholarship on the fiction of the era.[3]
  • Wang, David Der-wei (2004), The Monster That Is History: History, Violence, and Fictional Writing in Twentieth-Century China, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, ISBN 0-520-23873-7. Reflections on violence in Chinese fiction and real-world history, covering famous writers such as Lu Xun and Mao Dun as well as less-well-known ones from mainland China and Taiwan.[4][5]
  • Wang, Der-wei (2005), 《如此繁華:王德威自選集》 [Urban Splendor: Selected Writings of Wang Der-wei] (in Chinese), Hong Kong: Cosmos Books, ISBN 988-211-140-8. A collection of essays discussing the history of modern literary creation in three cities: Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taipei.[6]
  • The Lyrical in Epic Time: Modern Chinese Intellectuals and Artists Through the 1949 Crisis (2015)[7]
  • A New Literary History of Modern China (2017; editor)[8]


  1. "David Der-Wei Wang 王德威 | Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies". fairbank.fas.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  2. Dunlap-Smith, Aimery (2000-01-26), "David Der-Wei Wang Will Head Core Program In Asian Studies", Columbia University News, Columbia University, retrieved 2008-02-18
  3. Williams, Philip F.; Wang, David Der-wei (April 1999), "Fin-de-siecle Splendor: Repressed Modernities of Late Qing Fiction, 1849-1911. (Review)", The Journal of the American Oriental Society, 119 (2): 371–2, doi:10.2307/606157, JSTOR 606157
  4. Vlastos, Steven (December 2005), "Book Review: Asia: David Der-wei Wang. The Monster That Is History: History, Violence, and Fictional Writing in Twentieth-Century China", The American Historical Review, 110 (5): 1505, doi:10.1086/ahr.110.5.1504
  5. Lu, Tonglin (2005), "Book Reviews—China—The Monster That is History: History, Violence, and Fictional Writing in Twentieth-Century China", The Journal of Asian Studies, Cambridge University Press, 64: 461–3, doi:10.1017/S0021911805001063
  6. "書介:《如此繁華》", Wen Wei Po, Hong Kong, 2005-04-15, retrieved 2008-02-18
  7. Dewei,, Wang,. The lyrical in epic time : modern Chinese intellectuals and artists through the 1949 crisis. New York. ISBN 9780231538572. OCLC 902415282.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  8. A new literary history of modern China. Wang, Dewei,. Cambridge, Massachusetts. ISBN 9780674967915. OCLC 959648704.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: others (link)
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