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Dorothee Hou

Dorothee Hou 侯小龍

Assistant Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies  


Office location: Comenius 402
Office phone: 610-625-7782


B.A., Communications and Media Studies, Beijing Jiaotong University
M.A., Asian Studies, Florida State University
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California, Davis

Research and Teaching Interests   

Dorothee Hou’s CV:

Dorothee Hou's primary areas of interests include Asian cinema, modern and contemporary Chinese literature and film, urban literature, globalization and deindustrialization, transnational cultural production, and critical theory. Currently, she's working on her monograph on urban spaces and the representation of China's Rust Belt (primarily China's northeast, including Liaoning, Jilin, and Heilongjiang provinces) in literature and film.

Her teaching interests include Asian cinema, literature, and visual culture, Chinese (Mandarin) language pedagogy, and creative writing. 

Recent Publications

  • (Forthcoming) Author, "Framing China's Uneven Urban Landscape: An Interview with Chen Ronghui," Trans Asia Photography.
  • Author, "From Rust Belt to Belleville: Two Recent Films on Illegal Chinese Sex Workers in Paris," Remapping the Homeland: Affective Geographies and Cultures of the Chinese Diaspora, edited by Robert Tally and Melody Li, Palgrave Macmillan, September 2022, pp. 31-51.
  • Author, "Reforging the Rust Belt: China's Northeast on the Silver Screen," Journal of Chinese Film Studies, May 2022, pp. 71-93.
  • Translator, Zhai Yueqin, "The Tragic Spirit of the East: The 'Drama of Sounds' in Yang Mu's Poems", Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews, Dec. 2021, pp. 127-140.
  • Lead Author, "The Time-Image and the Unknown in Wong Kar-wai's Film Art." The Fascination with Unknown Time, eds. Klaus Oschema, Sibylle Baumbach, and Lena Henningsen, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, pp. 233-249.

Courses Developed

  • Monsters in Modern Asian Cultures (FORL 198)
  • Introduction to Chinese Cinemas (FORL 196)
  • Pop Culture of East Asia (FORL 193)
  • Gotham: The City in World Cinema (FORL 190)
  • Introduction to Film Studies 

Courses Taught

  • Great Writers of China: Classical Chinese Literature in English Translation
  • Chinese-Language Cinema (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora)
  • Modernity and Its Discontents: World Literature from the 18th-20th Century
  • Introduction to Modern Chinese Literature and Culture in English Translation
  • Introduction to Traditional Chinese Literature and Culture in English Translation
  • Mandarin Chinese 001, 002, 003