Tarryn Li-Min Chun
tchun AT nd DOT edu
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
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
Chinese Socialist Theatres of Reform: Rethinking Performance Practice and Debates in the Maoist Period. Edited by Xiaomei Chen, Tarryn Chun, and Siyuan Liu. University of Michigan Press, March 2021.
“Wang Chong and the Theatre of Immediacy: Technology, Performance, and Intimacy in Crisis.” Forthcoming in Theatre Survey 62, 3 (September 2021), pp. 1-27.
“Critical Acts—Spoken Drama and its Doubles: Thunderstorm 2.0 by Wang Chong and Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental.” TDR: The Drama Review. 63, 3 (Fall 2019), pp. 155-163.
“Mediated Transgression and Madame White: Technology and the Nonhuman in Contemporary Stagings of a Chinese Folktale.” Theatre Journal. 71, 3 (September 2019), pp. 307-326.
“Revolutionary Illumination: Stage Lighting, Politics, and Play in 1930s Shanghai Theater.” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. 30, 2 (Fall 2018), pp. 87-140.
“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.
Book Chapters & Essays
“Modern Drama Script Anthologies.” In Literary Information in China: A History, ed. by Jack W. Chen, Anatoly Detwyler, Xiao Liu, Christopher M. B. Nugent, and Bruce Rusk (Columbia University Press, 2021).
“Introduction: Chinese Socialist Theatre between Revolution and Reform.” In Rethinking Performance Practice and Debates in the Maoist Period, ed. by Xiaomei Chen, Tarryn Chun, and Siyuan Liu (University of Michigan Press, 2021).
“Sent-Down Plays: Yangbanxi Stagecraft, Practical Aesthetics and Popularization during the Cultural Revolution.” In Chinese Socialist Theatres of Reform: Rethinking Performance Practice and Debates in the Maoist Period, ed. by Xiaomei Chen, Tarryn Chun, and Siyuan Liu (University of Michigan Press, 2021)
“A Monumental Model for Future Perfect Theater,” David Der-wei Wang, ed. A New Literary History of Modern China (Harvard University Press, 2017), pp. 619-624.
“Resurrecting a Postlapsarian Pagoda in a Postrevolutionary World,” David Der-wei Wang, ed. A New Literary History of Modern China (Harvard University Press, 2017), pp. 883-888.
“Theatre for the People, by the People: Penghao Theatre and The Story of Gong and Drum Lane,” Ruru Li, ed., Staging China: New Theatres in the Twenty-first Century (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), pp. 215-232
“Transnational Chinese Theatres: Intercultural Performance Networks in East Asia by Rossella Ferrari.” Theatre Journal 72 (Sept. 2020), pp. 393-395.
“Voices of Taiwanese Women: Three Contemporary Plays edited by John Weinstein.” CHINOPERL. 37, 18 (Fall 2018), pp. 84-87.
“Gao Xingjian’s Post-Exile Plays: Transnationalism and Postdramatic Theatre by Mary Mazzilli.” Asian Theatre Journal. 34, 1 (Spring 2017), pp. 240-243.
“Pop Goes The Avant-Garde: Experimental Theatre in Contemporary China by Rossella Ferrari.” Asian Theatre Journal. 32, 2 (Fall 2015), pp. 659-663
Chinese Dance: National Movements in a Revolutionary Age” (Exhibition Review). Asian Theatre Journal. 36, 1 (Spring 2018), pp. 222-226.
“Jiqi ren nengfou biaoyan: Siwang yu Bao’ersi.” 〈機器人能否表演：死亡與鮑尔斯〉(Can Robots Perform? Death and the Powers”) (Theater Review). Translated by Huang Yidan. Xiju yishu《戲劇藝術》(Theatre Arts). Issue 5. November 2013
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.
Recent Invited Talks
“Scripted Technologies: Engineering the Real in Chinese Spoken Drama, 1930s-1940s.” China Centre Seminar Series. University of Oxford. Oxford UK. January 31, 2019.
“The Aesthetics of Technological Excess in Contemporary Chinese Performance.” East Asian Studies Center. The Ohio State University. Columbus, OH. November 2, 2017.
“The Aesthetics of Technological Excess in Contemporary Chinese Performance.” Oxford Seminar on Visual Culture in Modern and Contemporary China. University of Oxford China Centre. Oxford, UK. June 6, 2017.
Recent Conference Participation
“Resilience, Resistance, Justice: Engaging Asia in Theatre for Social Change.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Annual Conference. July 29-August 2, 2020. (virtual conference)
Co-organizer for MLA session on “Producing Global Performance. Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention. January 3-6, 2019.
Symposium on “Socialist Theatres of Reform: Rethinking Chinese Performance Practice and Debates in the Maoist Period.” University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, IN. May 4-5, 2018.
Working session on “Impotent Performance.” American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. Nov. 14-18, 2018.
“Exploring ‘Repertoire’ in the Maoist Era,” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) Annual Meeting. Notre Dame, IN. September 15-16, 2017.
“Wang Chong and the Theatre of ImMEDIAcy: Technology, Media, and Intimacy in Crisis.” International Symposium on “The Theatre of Our Times.” National Taiwan University, Taiwan. October 24-25, 2020. (invited submission; virtual presentation)
“Wang Chong and the Theatre of ImMEDIAcy: Technology, Media, and Intimacy in Crisis.” Association for Asian Performance Annual Conference. July 27-29, 2020. (virtual conference)
“Ideology and Impotence: Technical Failure in Chinese Revolutionary Performance.” American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. Nov. 14-18, 2018.
“Iteration, Mediation, Citation: Performance Technologies as/and Media History.” Symposium on “Technologies of East Asian Performance.” University of California Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA. March 28-31, 2018. (invited paper)
“Worlding the Stage: Sino-Soviet Theatre Exchange and Intercultural Performance in the 1950s. Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference. Washington D.C. March 22-25, 2018.
“Extraordinary, not Exotic: Countering Orientalism on the Theatre History Syllabus.” American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. November 16-19, 2017.
“Work/Play: Industrial Production and Performance Repertoires under the Great Leap Forward.” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) Annual Meeting. September 15-16, 2017.
“Mediatized Theatre in a Surveillance State.” Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Performance and New Technologies Conference. London, UK. April 20-21, 2017.
“Sent-Down Plays: Yangbanxi and Rural Performance in the Chinese Cultural Revolution.” Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference. Toronto, ON. March 17-20, 2017
|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|
Mandarin Chinese (fluent)
Classical Chinese (advanced reading)
French (basic conversation)
Russian (basic reading)
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)