Meng, Yue

Yue Meng Professor Yue Meng.
(Ph.D., UCLA)

Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Graduate
Department of East Asian Studies
Office Location: Robarts Library #14131 (14th Floor)
Office Phone: 416-946-5111
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

Research Interests:

  • Environmental Humanities
  • Chinese Cultural History and Literature (20th century)
  • History of Science
  • Modern Chinese Cities

Ongoing Projects:

  • Look to the Land: Thoughts and Technologies of Agriculture in Modern China
  • “Ways of Return: Farmers of Forty Centuries in the Modern World”
  • “‘Do Not Eat Animals,’ Chinese Anarchists Said”

Recent Publications:

  1.  “世界盡頭的農耕:格非《望春風》與人類世的傳奇”
  2.  “人類世版圖上的《塑料王國》”
  3.  “反观半文明:中国植物学的转轨”
  4.  “生态危机与人类纪的文化解读”

Other 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

Professor Meng’s headshot is courtesy of Lisa Sakulensky.