Ling Zhang


2007-present, PhD program in the department of cinema and media Studies, University of Chicago
2004-2005, film studies graduate program in the department of cinema and comparative literature, University of Iowa
1999-2002, MA in film aesthetics, Beijing Film Academy, P.R. China
1994-1998, BA in Television Production, Liaoning University, P.R. China

Entry Paper: 

“In Search of Lost Time: Cinematic Time and Private Memory in Tsai Ming-Liang’s What Time Is It There?”

Research Interests: 

Film aesthetics, classical and contemporary film theories; audiovisual representation of urban space and ruins, body and objects, cinematic time and narrative space; film sound; the interaction among traditional Chinese operas, early Chinese cinema, and its incorporation of influence from foreign films in terms of film language; Chinese opera films; Chinese films made by “the Fourth Generation” filmmakers; contemporary independent Chinese fiction films and documentaries. Taiwan cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, and Taiwan films made by Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, and Tsai Ming-Liang.


Chinese, English, and French.

Presentations & Publications: 

“Through the Acoustic Membrane of Memory: Voice-over and Soundscape in Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Puppetmster,” paper presented at “Visuality and Cultural Literacy” Conference at National Central University, Zhongli, Taiwan, 12-13, December 2009.

“Synthesis of Unification and Fragmentation: Mixed Montage in Shanghai Document,” paper presented at New England AAS, Brown University, 3, October 2009.

“The Cinematization of Operatic Space in two Kun Opera Films of Peony Pavilion (牡丹亭)”, paper presented at “Chinese Opera Film Symposium” at University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 17-18, April 2009.

“Collecting the Ashes of Time: The Temporality and Materiality of Industrial Ruins in Wang Bing’s documentary West of the Tracks (Tiexiqu, 2002),” Asian Cinema, Spring/ Summer 2009; paper presented at 18th Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia at Columbia University, New York City, NY, 6-7, February 2009.

“The Obscure Object of Nostalgia: the Demolition and Reconstruction of Masculine Space in Jia Zhangke’s Still Life,” paper presented at “Gender and Chinese Cinema” Conference, Nanjing University, China, 26-28, June 2008.