Professor of English
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1998
Office: Griffin 262
Teaching and Research Areas
Literary theory and cultural studies, book history, history of reading.
Yung-Hsing Wu received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from Indiana University in 1998. Much of her dissertation -- on the cultural work of performativity -- has appeared in a variety of journals, including Modern Fiction Studies, PMLA, and Profession. In 2003 she received an SCMLA Travel Research Grant award for archival work on the Asian American novelist Onoto Watanna/Winnifred Eaton Reeve; in 2004, her essay, "How to Do Things with Ethics: Beloved, Sula, and the Reading of Judgment," won the Margaret Church prize for best essay in Modern Fiction Studies. She received a year-long ATLAS grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents for her project The Institution of Reading (2010-2011). In this project, she situates reading in the late age of print, exploring a range of reading phenomena, from fictional footnotes and Oprah's Book Club, to Amazon's Kindle, and social reading networks. Portions of this project have appeared in the Children's Literature Association Quarterly ("The Magical Matter of Books: Amazon. com and The Tales of Beedle the Bard"), Mississippi Quarterly ("A Feeling for Faulkner," forthcoming), and the Digital Humanities Quarterly ("Kindling, Reading, Disappearing," forthcoming).