wang jing wei

Wang Der-wei

David Wang Der-wei (variously David Der-wei Wang, D. D. W. Wang, etc.) is a scholar of Chinese literature.

Academic career

Wang graduated from National Taiwan University in 1976 with a B.A. in foreign languages and literature, and went on to study comparative literature at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, receiving his M.A. in 1978 and his Ph.D. in 1982.

He was named as the head of Columbia University's East Asian Languages and Cultures Department in 1997. In 2000, he succeeded Irene Bloom as chair of the University Committee on Asia and the Middle East. In September 2004, Harvard University named him Edward C. Henderson Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures.


  • . The first full-length English language survey of late Qing Dynasty fiction, it has been praised as a major contribution to scholarship on the fiction of the era.
  • . Reflections on violence in Chinese fiction and real-world history, covering famous writers such as Lu Xun and Mao Dun as well as less-well-known ones from mainland China and Taiwan.
  • . A collection of essays discussing the history of modern literary creation in three cities: Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taipei.


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