Academic Profile

Zhang Songjian is currently an associate professor with tenure at the School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He earned a PhD in Chinese Studies from National University of Singapore where he was awarded President‘s Graduates Fellowship as well as Graduate Studies Scholarship. Afterwards he worked as a post-doc research fellow in Tsinghua University and later as an associate professor in Capital Normal University both based in Beijing, China. 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 and Social Sciences, etc. Zhang received the honor “Distinguished Post-doc Research Fellow ” from Tsinghua University in June 2010, and he 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 and 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), and the Centre for Chinese Studies, Taiwan (2019) . 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/contemporary Chinese literature, Southeast Asian Chinese-language literature, East-West comparative literature, and critical theory. He has solely authored six books. The publishers include Peking University Press, China Social Sciences Press, and World Scientific Publishing, and so forth. Zhang's papers have appeared in Tier 1, CSSCI, THCI, SCOPUS, A & HCI journals worldwide. 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).
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Assoc Prof Zhang Songjian
Associate Professor, School of Humanities

Modern and contemporary Chinese literature, Southeast Asian Chinese literature, East-West Comparative Literature, Critical Theory.
 
  • Literary Representations of the Cold War: A Comparative Study of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia
 
  • Zhang Songjian. (2020). Fifteen Chinese Writers: On Aesthetics, Politics and Culture. Taipei: Showwe Information Co., Ltd.

  • Zhang Songjian. (2020). The Différance of Lyrical Modernism: The Influence of Yu Kwang-chung, Cheng Chou-yu and Yang Mu on Singapore Chinese Poetry]. Forum for Chinese Literature of the World, (issue 1).

  • 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 of 2019), pp.43-74.

  • Zhang Songjian. (2019). Homeland Seen Again: A New Study of Overseas Chinese Literature. Beijing: Peking University Press.

  • Zhang Songjian.(2019). Between Poetry and History: Yang Mu’s Historical Sense and His Poems on History. In Hsu Yu-fang(Ed), The Dialectics of Beauty: Collected Essays on Yang Mu(pp.173-216). Taipei: Student Bookshop.