Max L. Bohnenkamp
Spring 2017 Office Hours: Thursday 10-Noon
Max Bohnenkamp’s research focuses upon conceptions of folk, popular and mass cultures in modern and contemporary China, particularly addressing the adaptation of folklore for modern literature and performing arts, the reception of Western and Soviet literary and dramatic aesthetics in China, and the relationship of literature and performance to politics and critical social theory. His current project on the history of the famous revolutionary music-drama The White-Haired Girl reexamines the long-standing claim that the work was originally based on oral rural lore and explores the intersection of cultural nationalism, revolutionary politics and modernist aesthetics in its artistic development. Bohnenkamp earned his B.A. in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College, an M.A. in Chinese Literature from the Ohio State University, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2014. He was Assistant Visiting Professor of Modern Chinese Literature and Culture at New York University for the 2014-15 academic year, where he taught courses on folklore in twentieth-century China, the fantastic in modern Chinese literature, Chinese cinema and the relationship between revolution and literature in China.
Cambridge, MA 02138