Wah Guan Lim

Assistant Professor of Chinese

Lim, Wah Guan

Office: Fairbairn 304 (Warden's Hall)
Phone: 845-758-7392

Dr. Lim received his B.A. from the University of New South Wales, Australia, M.St. in Chinese Studies from Oxford University, M.A. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, and Ph.D. in Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture from Cornell University. A scholar of transnational Chinese literature and performance and a speaker of several Chinese dialects, Dr. Lim has conducted research in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and his native Singapore. His work centers on Sinophone literature and theater. His dissertation, “Performing ‘Chinese-ness’: Articulating Identities-of-Becoming in the Works of Four Sinophone Theater Director-Playwrights in the 1980s,” examines the social, political, and artistic implications of these works in a transnational and comparative framework by highlighting the importance of language and geopolitics in the formation of social identity. While foregrounding the role of theater in the production of ethno-national identities, Dr. Lim demonstrates how these dramatists problematize essentialist notions of Chinese-ness and negotiate the discursive space in the competing discourse of nationalism and self-identity. He has contributed extensively to journals and conferences, both in English and Chinese, in the field of Sinophone studies.

Highlights -- Publications
“Between Memory and Forgetting: Ten Years After Gao Xingjian’s Winning of the Nobel.” Polyphony Embodied: Freedom and Fate in Gao Xingjian’s Writings. Eds. Michael Lackner and Nikola Chardonnens. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014. 185–201. www.degruyter.com/view/product/248087