My teaching and research interests include 19th Century English Literature; transcultural adaptation; the English novel; American short fiction; literary translation; and creative writing.
My scholarly research has been published in peer reviewed journals (A&HCI and MLA indexed) such as The Cambridge Quarterly, Comparative Drama, Classical Receptions Journal, International Theatre Research, The Explicator, The Ibsen Review, The Eugene O’Neill Review, The Hardy Review, and Literature Compass.
My most recent scholarly books include Culture, History, and the Reception of Tennessee Williams in China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022), Adapting Western Classics for the Chinese Stage (Routledge, 2018), The Bronte Sisters in Other Wor(l)ds (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and Western Literature in China and the Translation of a Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
Forthcoming is a commissioned chapter for The Edinburgh Companion to Modernism in Contemporary Theatre (Edinburgh University Press).
Among the more than 20 books I have published are When the Purple Mountain Burns: A Novel (2005; reissued under the title Purple Mountain, 2010, featured at Shepherd Best Books), Red Guard Fantasies and Other Stories (2007), and Twin-Sun River: An American POW in China (a novel, 2011). My screenplay Purple Mountain has been optioned for production. My play Twin-Sun River: An American POW in China was staged by the prestigious Shanghai Theater Academy (April 2009).
Among my literary translations are two Thomas Hardy novels: A Pair of Blue Eyes (1994) and The Well-Beloved (1998), and Pearl Jacket: Flash Fiction from Contemporary China (2008). Another Hardy-themed book I coauthored is Tragic Harmony: Essays on Thomas Hardy’s Fiction and Poetry (2001).
I joined the faculty of Western Connecticut State University in 2000 and served as chair of the Department of English (2017-2022) and coordinator of the MA in English program (2007-2015). I am the recipient of CSU Board of Trustees Research Award (2007) and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the College of Liberal Arts, Yangzhou University (2017–present). I am serving on the Editorial Board of The Thomas Hardy Journal and The Hardy Society Journal (2018–present).