Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Zhang Songjian

Associate Professor, School of Humanities

Assoc Prof Zhang Songjian

Zhang Songjian is currently an Associate Professor with Tenure at the School of Humanities, NTU. He earned a PhD in Chinese Studies from National University of Singapore where he was awarded President‘s Graduates Fellowship and Graduate Studies Scholarship as well. Afterwards he worked as a Post-doc Research Fellow at Tsinghua University and later as an Associate Professor at Capital Normal University both based in Beijing. Zhang was the recipient of numerous grants, the funding agencies include Tsinghua University, China Ministry of Education, China Ministry of Human Resources, and Beijing Council for Humanities & Social Sciences, etc. Zhang received the honour “Tsinghua University Distinguished Post-doc Research Fellow ” in June 2010, and was awarded “Excellent Book Prize for Humanities and Social Sciences” in October 2012.

Zhang joined NTU faculty as a senior Assistant Professor in July 2013. He received a number of grants to conduct research projects or organize international conferences, e.g. NTU Start-Up Grant, CCK Foundation, Lee Foundation, NAC R & D Grant, NTU Incentive Scheme Grant, MOE Tier 1 Grant, and Research Grant for Foreign Scholars in Chinese Studies. He was visiting scholar at Harvard University (2016) , Leiden University (2017) , National Taiwan University (2019), the Centre for Chinese Studies, Taiwan (2019) and London University (2020). He was awarded "Excellent Paper Prize of the Year 2016" by a top journal Modern Chinese Literature Studies in March 2017.

Zhang's research areas are modern and contemporary Chinese literature, Southeast Asian Chinese-language literature, East-West comparative literature, and critical theory. He has 5 monographs with sole authorship published, the publishers include Peking University Press, China Social Sciences Press, and World Scientific Publishing. His papers appear in Tier 1, CSSCI, THCI, SCOPUS, A & HCI journals. There are at least 19 reviews of his books so far.

Zhang has been invited to deliver lectures at a number of academic institutions, e.g. Harvard University, Tsinghua University, Macau University, National Dong Hwa University, National University of Singapore, Capital Normal University, Museum of Modern Chinese Literature, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Confucius Institute, Beijing Normal University, Nankai University, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Jinan University, South China Normal University, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Shaanxi Normal University, Minzu University of China, Wuhan University, Xia'men University, The Centre for Chinese Studies (Taiwan), and National Taiwan University, and so on.

Zhang has media appearance. He got interviewed by Lianhe Zaobao (2015, 2018, 2019) , Boston No. 1 Chinese Radio Station (2016), Forum for Chinese Literature of the World (2018), Jiangnan (2018) , and Chinese and Western Poetry (2019).
Research Interests
Modern and contemporary Chinese literature, Southeast Asian Chinese literature, East-West Comparative Literature, Critical Theory.
Current Projects
  • Between China and Nanyang: Chinese Disaporic Writers during the Cold War
  • Literary Representations of the Cold War: A Comparative Study of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia
  • The Influence of Modern Taiwanese Poetry on Singapore
  • The National Narratives of Chinese Literature in Postcolonial Singapore
Selected Publications
  • Zhang Songjian. (2019). The Influence of Modern Taiwanese Poetry on Singapore: The Cases of Ya Hsien, Lo Fu and Kuan Kuan. Zhongguo xiandai wenxue yanjiu congkan, (12), 43-74.
  • Zhang Songjian. (2019). Homeland Seen Again: A New Study of Overseas Chinese Literature. Beijing: Peking University Press.
  • Zhang Songjian. (2019). Historical Imagination and Cultural Identity: Revisiting Yang Mu’s Poetics of History. Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 13(1), 49-71.
  • Zhang Songjian.(2018). Du Yunxie: A ‘’Naughty Child in Poetic Scene and His Light Verses. In You Youji(Ed), Collected Essays on Dun Yunxie as One of the "Nine Leaves Poets"(426-434). Fuzhou: Haixia wenyi Publisher.
  • Zhang Songjian, Teo Sum Lim. (Ed.). (2018). Sing'Phone: An Anthology of Singapore's Chinese PoetrySingapore: CCLC of NTU; World Scientific Publishing.

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