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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 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. 


Courses Developed

Monsters in Modern Asian Cultures (FORL 198)
Introduction to Chinese Cinemas (FORL 196)

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

Others Taught

Hong Kong Cinema (Lead Teaching Assistant)
Introduction to Japanese Folklore (Lead Teaching Assistant)
Parables, Fairy Tales and Fables of the World (Teaching Assistant)
Introduction to Film Studies (Teaching Assistant)
Introduction to Design (Teaching Assistant)

Recent Publications

  • (Forthcoming) Translator, Zhai Yueqin, "The Tragic Spirit of the East: The 'Drama of Sounds' in Yang Mu's Poems", Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews.
  • (Forthcoming) Author, "Mobility, Displacement, and Social Reproduction: Two Recent Films on Women's Outmigration from China's Rust Belt", Remapping the Homeland: Affective Geographies and Cultures of the Chinese Diaspora, eds. Robert Tally and Melody Li, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 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.