Meng, Yue

Yue Meng (Ph.D., UCLA)
Associate Professor
Department of East Asian Studies
Office Location: Robarts Library #14131 (14th Floor)
E-mail: meng[dot]yue[at]utoronto[dot]ca

Meng Yue’s research and teaching bring together city and modern Chinese cultural history, literature and modernity, humanity and science/technology, and recently, culture and environment. Her latest book in English, Shanghai and the Edges of Empires, investigates the rise of the cosmopolitan city amidst a century-long shift of urban centers from China’s heartland to its shore. The book examines the forces that had driven behind the crucial transitions of learning and publishing, garden-building and public gathering, as well as literary and theatrical practices that have taken cities as their urban home. More recently, she has turned her attention to contemporary global environmental crisis and its representations, particularly as they manifest in East Asia. Meng Yue has published and lectured widely in both English and Chinese. She also has teaching conjunctions with Tsinghua University.
Academic Background:

  • Ph. D. in History, University of California at Los Angeles
  • MA. in literature, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MA. in literature, Beijing University, China
  • BA. Beijing University, China

Publications (English and Chinese):

  • Meng, Yue. Shanghai and the Edges of Empires. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006.
  • Meng, Yue. Humanity, History, Abode: Cultural Criticism in Three Keys. 2006.
  • Meng, Yue. “Hybrid Science versus Modernity: The Practice of the Jiangnan Arsenal, 1867-1904.” East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine 16: 13:52, 1999
  • Meng, Yue. “Female Image and National Myth.” In Gender Politics in Modern China, Writing and Feminism edited by Tani E. Barlow, 118-136. Durham: Duke University Press, 1993.
  • Meng, Yue and Dai Jinhua. Breaking the Surface of History: Women Writers in Modern China, 1917-1949. Taipei: China Times, 1993.
  • Meng, Yue. History and Narrative . Shanxi: Shangxi Renmin Press, 1992.

Courses Taught:

  • Environment and East Asia
  • Modern Chinese Literature
  • Rethinking Modernism: The Perspectives of Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong