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Eric Hayot


Eric Hayot


Über Eric Hayot

I’m a Distinguished Professor in the department of Comparative Literature at Penn State, where I have been working since the summer of 2007. I will be in Heidelberg through June, 2014.

I am the author of three books: Chinese Dreams(Michigan, 2004), which centers on the politics of translation and theatrical representation, attending to examples in English, German, and French; The Hypothetical Mandarin: Sympathy, Modernity, and Chinese Pain (Oxford, 2009), which ties the “invention” of the universal subject of a globalizing modernity to a series of legal, literary, sociological, medical, and photographic relations to Chinese suffering (here the national sites are England, the US, France, Austria and, though briefly, China itself), and On Literary Worlds (Oxford, 2012) which retheorizes the literary history of the past four hundred years (more or less!) by developing new ways of thinking about literary worldedness and its historical function. 

I also edit a book series for Oxford, “Global Asias,” and serve as Vice President of the American Comparative Literature Association. I’m working on an edited collection of essays with Rebecca Walkowitz; tentative title, Global Modernism: Toward a New Lexicon. My newest book, on academic writing, will be published by Columbia University Press in summer 2014.



1999 Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature. U of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
1994 M.A., English. Georgetown University
1993 B.A., English. Georgetown University

Positions Held

2012- Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies, Penn State
2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar, University of Heidelberg, Asia/Europe Cluster of Excellence
Spring 2013 Visiting Professor, Princeton University
2010-2012 Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies, Penn State
2010-2012 Co-Director, Confucius Institute, Penn State
2008-2012 Director, Asian Studies Program, Penn State
2007-2010 Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies, Penn State
2005-2007 Associate Professor of English, U of Arizona
2005-2007 Global Fellow, UCLA International Institute
Assistant Professor of English, U of Arizona
2000-2001 Assistant Professor of French and Humanities, U of Northern Iowa
1999-2000 Lecturer, Department of English, Auburn University
Spring 1998 Visiting Lecturer, Beijing Foreign Studies University

Grants, Honors and Awards

2013-14 Fulbright Scholar Award, Institute of International Education
2010 Modernist Studies Association Book Prize, for The Hypothetical Mandarin
2010 Class of 1933 Award for Distinction in the Humanities, Penn State
2010 Erasmus Award (Departmental Advising, Penn State)
2010 Confucius Institute ($900,000/5 years), Penn State.
2009-11 IAH Interdisciplinary Research Group, Penn State
2009 Folger Institute Small Grant
2009 Excellence in Teaching (Comparative Literature, Penn State)
2009 Erasmus Award (Departmental Advising, Penn State)
PSU Global Fund Grant (International Travel)
2005 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship (1 month), The Huntington Library
2005, 2004 Foreign Travel Grant, U of Arizona
2004, 2003 Student-Faculty Interaction Grant, U of Arizona
2004 Summer Institute in Literary Studies, National Humanities Center
2004 Provost Author Support Fund Grant, U of Arizona
2004 Career Development Grant, U of Arizona
2003 College of Humanities, Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award, U of Arizona
2003 Faculty Small Grant, Office of the Vice President for Research, U of Arizona
1998-99 Dissertation Fellowship. U Wisconsin-Milwaukee
1997-98 Boren Fellowship. Peking University, Beijing, China
1996-97 Graduate School Fellowship. UWM
1996 Frederick J. Hoffman Award (with Edward Wesp). UWM
1993-94 Writing Center Fellowship. Georgetown

Ausgewählte Publikationen

A. Books

in press:
The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities. (Columbia UP , 2014)

Global Modernism: Toward a New Vocabulary.
Edited with Rebecca Walkowitz. (Columbia UP)

2012 On Literary Worlds (Oxford UP)

2009 The Hypothetical Mandarin: Sympathy, Modernity, and Chinese Pain (Oxford UP) Winner of the 2010 Modernist Studies Association Book Prize; Chinese translation from Jiangsu People’s Press, 2013.

2007 Sinographies: Writing China. Edited with Haun Saussy and Steven Yao. (U of Minnesota P)

2004 Chinese Dreams: Pound, Brecht, Tel quel. (U of Michigan P; paperback 2011)

B. Editing

Global Asias. Editor,book series with Oxford University Press.

Verge. Senior Editor (with Tina Chen), editorial collective, journal with U of Minnesota Press.

2013-15 ACLA Report on the State of the Discipline, Editorial Team

2013 Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Associate Editor. General Editor Stephen Ross.

2011 Asia and World Literature. Special issue of Comparative Literature Studies.

2009 EverQuest: 10 Years Later Edited with Edward Wesp. Special issue of Game Studies.

2006 Modernisms’ Chinas. Special issue of Modern Chinese Literature and Culture.

2005 Responding to Death of a Discipline: An ACLA Forum. Edited with Christopher Bush. Special issue of Comparative Literature.

C. Journal Articles


Academic Writing, I Love You. Really, I Do. Critical Inquiry.

Photograface: The Image as Sign-Thing. Traces 6.

I Too Have Dreamed of Another French Messiah. ELH.

2012 Cosmologies, Globalization, and Their Humans. Social Text 29.4: 81-105.

2011 Against Periodization; or, On Institutional Time. New Literary History 42.4: 739-756.

2011 On Literary Worlds. Modern Language Quarterly 72.2: 129-161.

2009 The Asian Turns. PMLA 124.3: 906-917.

2009 Towards a Critical Aesthetic of Virtual World Geographies, with Edward Wesp. Game Studies 9.1.

2007 Chinese Bodies, Chinese Futures. Representations 99:1: 99-129.

2006 Immigrating Fictions: Unfailing Mediation in Dictée and Becoming Madame Mao. Contemporary Literature 47.4: 601-635.
Also in Immigrant Fictions: Contemporary Literature in an Age of Globalization, ed. Rebecca L. Walkowitz (U of Wisconsin Press, 2007).

2006 Bertrand Russell’s Chinese Eyes. Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 18.1: 120-154. Revised and published in Pacific Rim Modernisms, ed. Helen Sword and Steven G. Yao (U of Toronto, 2009).

2005 I/O: A Comparative Literature for a Digital Age. Comparative Literature 57.3: 219-226.

2005 The Strange Case of Araki Yasusada: Author, Object: PMLA 120.1: 66-81.
Reprinted in Scubadivers and Chrysanthemums: Essays on the Poetry of Araki Yasusada, ed. William Freind (Shearsman Books,

2004 Style: Strategy and Mimesis in Ergodic Literature, with Edward Wesp. Comparative Literature Studies 41.3: 404-423.

2004 Reading Game/Text: EverQuest, Alienation, and Digital Communities, with Edward Wesp. Postmodern Culture 14.2.

1999 Critical Dreams: Orientalism, Modernism, and the Meaning of Pound’s China. Twentieth Century Literature 45:4: 511-33.

1995 Imagine That: Rodney King and the L.A. Riots. Mediations: 5-17.

D. Book Chapters


History and its Alternatives: War Games as Social Form, Divided Lenses, ed. Michael Berry and Chiho Sawada (U of Hawaii P).

Coolie, in The Routledge Companion to Asian American and Pacific Islander Literature, ed. Rachel Lee (Routledge).

Preface, in: Persistent Forms: Explorations in Historical Poetics, ed. Ilya Kliger and Boris Maslov

2012 Chinese Modernism, Mimetic Desire, and European Time. The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms, ed. Mark Wollaeger (Oxford UP), 149-170.

2011 World Literature and Globalization. in: The Routledge Companion to World Literature, ed. David Damrosch, Theo D’Haen, and Djelal Kadir (Routledge), 223-31.

2011 Vanishing Horizons: Problems in the Comparison of China and the West. in: A Companion to Comparative Literature, ed. Ali Behdad and Dominic Thomas (Wiley-Blackwell), 88-107.

2011 Solomon’s Bluff: Virtual Property and the Aesthetics of Modern Worldmaking, with Edward Wesp. In Modernism and Copyright, ed. Paul Saint-Amour (Oxford UP), 302-323.

2010 On the Sainifeng 赛呢风 as a Global Literary Practice. in: Global Chinese Literature, ed. Jing Tsu and David Wang (Brill), 219-228.

2007 Chineseness: A Prehistory of Its Future. In Sinographies: Writing China (U of Minnesota,), ed. Hayot, Saussy, and Yao, 3-33.

2007 Sinographies: An Introduction. With Saussy and Yao. In Sinographies: Writing China, vi-xxi.

E. Short pieces, interviews and reviews

2013 Through the Mirror: Lévi-Strauss in Japan. LA Review of Books. Online.

2013 China, Middlebrow to Highbrow. Public Books. Online.

2011 A Hundred Flowers. Reading Graphs Maps & Trees: Responses to Franco Moretti, ed. Johnathan Goodwin and John Holbo. (Parlor Press), 64-70.

2010 Asia and World Literature. Comparative Literature Studies 47.3: 263-65.

2010 On teaching students how to read poetry. Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook, ed. Joshua Marie Wilkinson (University of Iowa, 2010).

2009 EQ: 10 Years Later, with Edward Wesp. Game Studies 9.1.

2009 Interviews with Chris Lena, Brad McQuaid, and Kevin McPherson. Game Studies 9.1.

2008 Review of Zhang Longxi, Allegoresis: Reading Canonical Literature Between East and West. Comparative Literature Studies 45.1: 122-26.

2007 Review of Douglas Mao and Rebecca Walkowitz, eds., Bad Modernisms. Modernism/Modernity 14.2:364-65.

2006 Modernisms’ Chinas: Introduction. Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 18.1: 1-7.

2005 ‘The Slightness of My Endeavor’: An Interview with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Comparative Literature 57.3: 256-72.

2005 Responding to Death of a Discipline: An ACLA Forum. With Christopher Bush. Comparative Literature 57.3: 199-200.

2005 Review of Alex Woloch’s The One vs. the Many. Modernism/Modernity 12.2:349-51.

2004 Review of Yunte Huang’s Transpacific Displacement and Steven G. Yao’s Translation and the Languages of Modernism. Yearbook of General and Comparative Literature 51: 185-92.

2004 Review of Rey Chow’s The Protestant Ethnic and the Spirit of Capitalism. CLEAR 26: 184-187.

2003 Review of Marie-Paule Ha’s Figuring the East. Yearbook of General and Comparative Literature vol. 50: 198-201.

2001 Imagism and Cathay. Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century. Ed. Eric Haralson. Chicago: Fiztroy Dearborn, 321-324; 573-574.

2001 Response (to Jane Gallop’s “Resisting Reasonableness”). With Jeffrey King. Conflict of Interest and the Professions. Eds. Michael Davis and Andrew Stark. Oxford UP, 192-94.

1999 Review of Rey Chow’s Ethics after Idealism. Modern Chinese Literature 11.1: 219-25.

1997 Review of Robert Young’s Colonial Desire. Discourse 19.2: 194-97.