Qi Wang

Associate Professor

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Email Address: qi.wang@lmc.gatech.edu


My research interests include Chinese cinema and history, East Asian cinema and history, aesthetics, art history, and theory. My first book, Memory, Subjectivity and Independent Chinese Cinema, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2014. I am currently working on my second book project on space, aesthetics, and history in East Asian cinema from the 1950s on. My articles appear in Asian Cinema, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, positions: asia critique and so on. I also (co-)curated the 2008 REEL CHINA Documentary Biennial (New York and Shanghai) and the 2011 Independent Chinese Cinema series at High Museum (Atlanta).

  • Ph.D in Film and Television, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008
  • M.S. in Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
  • M.L. in International Communication, Peking University, China, 1999
  • B.A. in English Literature, Peking University, China, 1996
Areas of
  • East Asian Cinema; Chinese-language Cinema


Research Fields:
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Asia (East)
  • United States
  • Aesthetics
  • Cinema Studies
  • Film History and Theory
  • Historiography
  • History and Memory
  • Literary Theory
  • Modernity


  • LCC-2500: Intro to Film
  • LCC-3254: Film History
  • LCC-3256: Major Filmmakers
  • LCC-3257: Global Cinema
  • LCC-3853: Special Topics in Film
  • LCC-4102: Senior Thesis
  • LCC-4500: Seminar in Film Studies
  • LCC-6215: Media Studies
  • LMC-2500: Intro to Film
  • LMC-3254: Film History
  • LMC-3254R: LMC 3254 Recitation
  • LMC-3256: Major Filmmakers
  • LMC-3257: Global Cinema
  • LMC-4500: Seminar in Film Studies
  • LMC-6368: Global Cinema

Selected Publications


  • Memory, Subjectivity and Independent Chinese Cinema
    Date: October 2014

    Memory, Subjectivity and Independent Chinese Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, 2014) provides a historically informed examination of independent moving image works made between 1990 and 2010 in China. Showcasing an evolving personal mode of narrating memory, documenting reality, and inscribing subjectivity in over sixteen selected works that range from narrative film and documentary to experimental video and digital media (even including a multimedia avant-garde play), this book presents a provocative portrait of the independent filmmakers as a peculiarly pained yet active group of historical subjects of the transitional, post-socialist era. Through a connected investigation of cultural and cinematic concepts including historical consciousness, personal memory, narrative, performance, subjectivity, spatiality, and the body, Wang weaves a critical narrative of the formation of a unique post-socialist cultural consciousness that enables independent cinema and media to become a highly significant and effective conduit for historical thinking in contemporary China.

    Covering directors such as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Jia Zhangke, Jiang Wen, Lou Ye, Meng Jinghui, Wang Bing, Wang Guangli, Duan Jinchuan, Cui Zi'en, Shi Tou, and Tang Danhong, this book is essential reading for all students and scholars in Chinese film.

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