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Tarryn Li-Min Chun

tlchun@umich.edu

Academic Positions

Assistant Professor, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 2017-present

  • Concurrent Faculty, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Faculty Fellow, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies

Postdoctoral Fellow in the Study of China, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2016-17

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Performing Arts, Emerson College, Boston, MA, Spring 2015

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, Boston University, Boston, MA, Fall 2013

Education

Ph.D., East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, May 2016

  •     Generals Fields: Modern Chinese Literature and Drama; Premodern Chinese Performance; Modern Western Drama and Drama Theory
  •     Dissertation: “Stage Technology in Modern China: The Media of Revolution and Resistance”
  •     Committee: Professors David Der-wei Wang (chair), Wilt L. Idema, Martin Puchner, Jie Li

A.M., Regional Studies – East Asia, Harvard University, May 2010.

International Chinese Language Program, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, Summer 2009

Chinese Language Center, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan, 2006-2008

A.B., magna cum laude, East Asian Studies; Certificate in Theater & Dance, Princeton University, June 2006.

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Modern and contemporary Chinese literature, theater, film, and media studies
  • Local and regional performance traditions in China and Taiwan
  • Cold War-era cultural exchange (China, Japan, Russia, Eastern Europe)
  • Performance, media, and technology
  • Comparative drama and world theater
  • Popular culture
  • Sinophone Literature
  • Chinese language

Fellowships & Awards

Harvard University Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Taiwan Study Grant

Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship

2015

Harvard University Edward J. Curley Fund Fellowship (Term-time/Merit Fellowship)

2014

Taiwan National Central Library Center for Chinese Studies Grant for Foreign Scholars

2014

Harvard University Asia Center Lee Merritt Folger Fund Graduate Summer Research Grant

2013

Shanghai Theatre Academy Foreign Visiting Doctoral Student Fellowship

2013

Harvard University Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching

2012

Harvard University Asia Center Graduate Summer Research Grant

2011

Harvard University Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies Summer Language Study Grant

2010

Harvard University Joseph Fletcher Memorial Prize for Excellence in an A.M. Thesis

2010

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Grant for summer Chinese language study

2009

 

Publications

Articles

 “Theatre for the People, by the People: Penghao Theatre and The Story of Gong and Drum Lane.” Staging China: New Theatres in the 21st Century. Edited by Ruru Li. Forthcoming from Palgrave MacMillan.

“Adaptation as Hospitality: A Performance Series at the Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA) Winter Institute, 2013.” TDR: The Drama Review. Volume 58, Issue 1. March 2014.

Shengsi Shaoxing: Lu Xun yu xiju de fuhuo qianli.”〈生死紹興:魯迅與戲劇的復活潛力〉(Life and Death in Shaoxing: Lu Xun and the Resurrective Potential of the Stage). Translated by Nan Hu. Wenxue《文學》期刊 (Literature). February 2014.

Essays

“Resurrecting Thunder Peak: the Fate of a Post-lapsarian Pagoda in a Post-revolutionary World.” A New Literary History of Modern China. Edited by David Der-wei Wang. Forthcoming from Harvard University Press.

“A Monumental Model to Future-perfect Theater.” A New Literary History of Modern China. Edited by David Der-wei Wang. Forthcoming from Harvard University Press.

Reviews

Pop Goes The Avant-Garde by Rossella Ferrari.” Asian Theatre Journal. Volume 32, Issue 2. Fall 2015.

Translations

Qiao Zhiliang, “Memories of Directing Married to a Heavenly Immortal.” In The Metamorphosis of Tianxian Pei: Local Opera under the Revolution (1949-1956) by Wilt L. Idema. The Chinese University Press, 2014.

 

Invited Talks

2016    “Lighting, Cameras, Action: Technological Revolutions in Chinese Theater.” Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University. New Haven, CT. February 26.

2016    “Monumental Theater: Classical Chinese Drama on the Socialist Utopian Stage.” Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, Dartmouth College. Hanover, NH. January 14.

2014    “從《怒吼吧,中國!》到《日出》:舞臺音響,照明理論與中國左翼戲劇的發展初探” (From Roar, China! to Sunrise: Stage Sounds, Lighting Theory, and the Development of Left-wing Chinese Drama). National Central Library Center for Chinese Studies. Taipei, Taiwan. June 10.

 

Conference Participation

 Panels Organized

2016    “Precarious Places, Precocious Performers: Contemporary Theater and Performance in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China.” Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. August 11-14.

2015    “Techniques and Technologies: Constructing Authority and Gender in the 1950s PRC Performance.” Association for Asian Performance Annual Conference. Montreal, Canada. July 29-30.

2013    “Playmakers: Power, Authority, and the Chinese Stage.” Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. March 22-24.

 

Papers Presented

2016    “Labors of Love: Contemporary Independent Theater Making in Beijing.” Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. August 11-14.

2016    “Media Transgression in 21st Century Stage Adaptations of Madame White Snake,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference. Seattle, WA. March 31-April 3, 2016.

2016    “Media Transgression and Madame White: New Stages for an Old Tale.” Seminar on “Retelling Fantastic Tales in East Asian and Global Popular Cultures I.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. March 17-20, 2016.

2015    “Virtual Prosceniums: Multimedia Circulations in Contemporary Sinophone Theater.” 13th International Junior Scholars Conference on Sinology. Taipei, Taiwan. October 16-18.

2015  “Smokestacks and Stages: Socialist Theater Construction in the PRC, 1949-1959”. Association for Asian Performance Annual Conference. Montreal, Canada. July 29-30, 2015.

2014    “Technologized Performance and the Theatrical Production of Chinese Modernity.” Working Session on “Machine Labor + Mechanical Logic.” American Society for Theatre Research Annual Conference. November 20-23.

2014  “Monumental Theater: Remediation and Commemoration in Tian Han’s Guan Hanqing (1958).” Rocky Mountain MLA Annual Conference. October 9-11.

2014  “Technical Difficulties: Realism vs. Reality in Left-Wing Chinese Theater.” Association for Asian Performance Annual Conference. Scottsdale, AZ. July 23-24.

2013    “Peripheral Possibilities” Roundtable. Conference on “Peripheral Visions in Chinese Literature and Drama.” Harvard University. November 8-9.

2013   “Life and Death in Shaoxing: Lu Xun and the Resurrective Potential of the Stage.” International conference on “Lu Xun and East Asia.” Harvard University. April 5-6.

2013   “Theater without Borders: Penghao Theater and The Story of Gong and Drum Lane” (digital presentation in absentia). International Symposium on “Performing China on the Global Stage: People, Society, and Culture.” Leeds University, UK. March 26-27.

2013   “Modeling the Modern World: 1950s Drama Culture and the Theater Troupe as Microcosm of Society.” Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. March 22-24.

2012    “Beyond the Proscenium Bounds: Intermediality and Intertextuality in the Legend of the White Snake.” 11th Annual Young Sinologists Conference. National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. May 26-27.

2011    “Screening the White Snake: Multi-media Spectacular meets Tradition on the Taiwanese Stage.” International symposium on “Staging the Modern: Theater, Intermediality, and Chinese Drama.” Harvard University. May 6-7.

2011   “Reconstructed Pagoda Can’t Contain Lady White.” Workshop on “Writing a New Literary History of Modern China.” Harvard University. April 22-23.

2011   “Crossing Historical Borders: Continuity, Lineage, and Specters of Influence in 20th Century Chinese Spoken Drama.” 20th Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia. Columbia University. February 4-5.

2010    “Theater/Film: Examples of Genre-Crossing in 1960s Taiwan.” Workshop on “Roots and Routes.” Harvard University. May 6-7.

2009    “Re-Imagining Peach Blossom Spring: an Analysis of Stan Lai’s Anlian/Taohuayuan and Cross-Strait Cultural Boundaries.” Harvard East Asia Society (HEAS) 12th Annual Graduate Student Conference. Harvard University. February 27-March 1.

2007    “Potty Humor: The Pairing of Lowbrow Comedy and Elevated Literature in Guo Shixing’s Toilet.” Association for Asian Performance Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. July 25-26.

 

Campus & Department Talks

2013    “The Grand Theater that Never Was: 1950s Drama and the Chinese National Imaginary.” First Friday Lunch Series, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Harvard University. October 4, 2013.

2012    “Screening the White Snake: Intermedial History and Intertextuality on the Taiwanese Stage.” Drama Colloquium. Harvard University. October 3.

 

Teaching Experience

Emerson College, Boston, MA

World Theater in Its Context II (Instructor of Record, Spring 2015)

Boston University, Boston, MA

Masterpieces of Classical Chinese Literature (Instructor of Record, Fall 2013)

Topics in Chinese Literature: Popular Culture in Modern China (Instructor of Record, Fall 2013)

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Senior Thesis Tutor, East Asian Languages and Civilizations (2015-16)

Academic Technology Fellow, Academic Technology Group (2013-15)

Departmental Teaching Fellow, East Asian Languages and Civilizations (2014-15)

Presidential Instructional Technology Fellow, Academic  Technology Group (2012-13)

Staging History Tutorial (Tutor, Special Concentrations Program, Spring 2013)

Theatrical Adaptation Tutorial (Tutor, Special Concentrations Program, Fall 2012)

Popular Culture and Modern China (Head Teaching Fellow, Fall 2012; Teaching Fellow, Fall 2009)

 

Service to the Profession

2016-18           Vice-President/AAP Conference Planner, Association for Asian Performance

2014-16          International Liaison, World Sinophone Drama Competition for Young Playwrights, National Central University, Zhongli, Taiwan

2012-15           Assistant Director, CCK Foundation Inter-University Center for Sinology (USA),

2013                Translator, Shanghai Theater Academy Winter Institute, Shanghai, PRC

 

Departmental/University Service

2015-16           Co-coordinator. Drama Colloquium. Mahindra Humanities Center and Department of English, Harvard University.

2014-15           Co-coordinator. World Theater Colloquium. Department of English, Harvard University.

2013                Blogger. Mellon School for Theater and Performance Research, Harvard University. June 3-14.

2013                Conference Committee Member. International conference on “Peripheral Visions in Chinese Literature.” Organized by Wai-yee Li. Harvard University. November 8-9.

2013               Conference Coordinator. International conference on “Lu Xun and East Asia.” Co-organized by David Der-wei Wang, Xiaojue Wang, and Jaewoo Park. Harvard University. April 5-6.

2011                Co-organizer. International symposium on “Staging the Modern: Theater, Intermediality, and Chinese Drama.” Harvard University. May 6-7.

2010                Graduate Student Assistant. International workshop on “New Directions in the Study of Chinese Drama.” Organized by Wilt L. Idema. Harvard University. November 11.

 

Theater Experience

International Liaison, World Sinophone Drama Competition for Young Playwrights 2014-2015
Board Member, Princeton University Triangle Club, Princeton, NJ (collegiate musical theater) 2008-present
Director, Hannah and Martin, Theater Intime, Princeton, NJ May 2006
Set Designer, Romeo and Juliet, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ April 2006
Intern, The New Group, New York, NY Summer 2004
Member of the Company, Princeton Summer Theater, Princeton, NJ Summer 2003

 

Languages

Mandarin Chinese (fluent)

Classical Chinese (advanced reading)

Japanese (proficient)

French (basic conversation)

Russian (basic reading)

 

Professional Affiliations

Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

Association for Asian Performance (AAP)

American Society for Theater Research (ASTR)

American Society for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE)

Chinese Oral and Performing Literature (CHINOPERL)

 

 

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