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Dr. Ruth Y.Y. Hung

BA, M.Phil. HKU; D.Phil. Oxon

Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature

Funding:

  • ECS
    HKD482,176 

Introduction of the project:

  • This project provides a study of Hu Feng (1902–85) as a critic, writer, and editor within the context of the People’s Republic of China’s political ascendancy. A member of the Japanese Communist Party and the Chinese Communist Party, Hu rose to fame in the 1940s and became a representative persecuted intellectual soon after 1949. The project examines Hu’s work as a literary critic in this context, and examines the intricate historical and socio-political forces against which intellectuals in his milieu in twentieth-century China adopted Marxism as a measure of their critical position. This exceptional case of intellectual engagement offers broader insight on critical literature’s humanistic aims and methods in the context of intellectual globalization and changing political climates.