Literary Theory

“The Notorious Jumping Reader of Calaveras County: Twain, Blanchot, and a Dialectic of Storytelling.” The Midwest Quarterly 49.4 (2008): 374-87.

“Drowning Martin Eden’s Ideological Aesthetic.” Guowai Wenxue (Foreign Literatures, Beijing) 66 (1997): 19-27. English version.

Notes for Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary theory. (New York: Oxford, 1988).

Notes for Fredric Jameson’s The Political Unconscious: Narrative as Socially Symbolic Act. (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1981).

Notes for Susan Sniader Lanser’s Fictions of Authority: Women Writers and Narrative Voice (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1992).

Sketches for “Interpreting Literature: A List of World Theory Readings, from Antiquity to 1949.”

Photo Credit: KMZ looking at Banksy in Camden, by SJV, 2006.

China/Tibet Studies

Articles, Book Chapters, and Other Writings

Newly Posted:


“Placing Tibetan Fiction in a World of Literary Studies: Jamyang Norbu’s The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes.” Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change. Eds. Lauran R. Hartley and Patricia Schiaffini-Vendani. Duke UP, 2008. 301-326.

“Signifying on China: African-American Literary Theory and Tibetan Discourse.” Sinographies: Writing China. Eds. Eric Hayot, Steve Yao, and Haun Saussy. Minneapolis: U Minnesota P, 2007. 271-99.

“Inquiring After Theory in China.” boundary 2 33.2 (2006): 91-113.

Editor and introduction: Contemporary Tibetan Literary Studies: Proceedings of the Tenth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, 2003. Vol. 6. Ed. Steven J. Venturino. Leiden: Brill, 2007. 1-6.

“Where is Tibet in World Literature?” World Literature Today 78.1 (2004): 51-56.

“Globalization, Cultural Critique, and China.” Social Semiotics 10.2 (2000): 211-20.

“Reading Negotiations in the Tibetan Diaspora.” Constructing Tibetan Culture: Contemporary Perspectives. Ed. Frank J. Korom. Quebec: World Heritage Press. 1997. 98-121.

“Critical Baggage : Traveling Theory in China, Tibet, and the Transnational Academy.” Doctoral Dissertation, Loyola University Chicago, 2000. Note: This pdf is 8MB.

“Translating Tibet’s Cultural Dispersion: Solzhenitsyn, Paine, and Orwell in Dharamsala.” Diaspora 4.2 (1995): 153-80.

Photo Credit: Tibetan Bookstore in Xining/Ziling, Qinghai (Gray Tuttle, 2006).