University of Minnesota
Asian Languages & Literature
all@umn.edu
612-625-6534


Asian Languages and Literature.

Jason McGrath

612/624-2875
Asian Languages/Literatures 225 Folwell Hall 9 Pleasant St SE

University Affiliations

  • Liberal Arts: Moving Image Studies Graduate Minor [Website]

Specialties

  • Chinese and international cinemas
  • Modern and contemporary Chinese literature and culture
  • Realism in fiction, film, and theory
  • Issues of convention and intertextuality in film theory
  • Chinese and Western Marxisms

Educational Background

  • PhD, MA: East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, 2004.
  • BA: Asian Studies/Chinese, University of Texas, Austin, 1993.

Publications

  • McGrath, Jason. "The Urban Generation: Underground and Independent Films from the PRC." The Chinese Cinema Book (2011): 167-75. Link
  • McGrath, Jason. "Cultural Revolution Model Opera Films and the Realist Tradition in Chinese Cinema." The Opera Quarterly 26 (2010): 343-76. Link
  • McGrath, Jason. "Communists Have More Fun! The Dialectics of Fulfillment in Cinema of the People‚Äôs Republic of China." World Picture 3 (2009): Link
  • McGrath, Jason. Postsocialist Modernity: Chinese Cinema, Literature, and Criticism in the Market Age. Stanford University Press, 2008. Link Image
  • McGrath, Jason. "The Cinema of Displacement: The Three Gorges Dam in Feature Film and Video." Displacement: The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art (2008): 33-46. Link
  • McGrath, Jason. "The New Formalism: Mainland Chinese Cinema at the Turn of the Century." China's Literary and Cultural Scenes at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century (2008): 207-221. Link
  • McGrath, Jason. "Black Cannon Incident: Countering the Counter-espionage Fantasy." Chinese Films in Focus II (2008): 25-31. Link
  • McGrath, Jason. "The Independent Cinema of Jia Zhangke: From Postsocialist Realism to a Transnational Aesthetic." The Urban Generation: Chinese Cinema and Society at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century (2007): 81-114. Link
  • McGrath, Jason. "Metacinema for the Masses: Three Films by Feng Xiaogang." Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 17.2 (Fall 2005): 90-132. Link
  • McGrath, Jason. "Acting Real: Cinema, Stage, and the Modernity of Performance in Chinese Silent Film." The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas (2013): 401-420. Link

Research Activities

  • Inscribing the Real: Realism and Convention in Chinese Fiction Film from the Silent Era to the Digital Age: An examination of various key moments and trends in Chinese cinema history, with a focus on the rhetorics of realism in filmmaking, film theory, and cultural criticism. Special attention paid to issues of convention and intertextuality, particularly as they interact with and often mitigate claims for realist representation. Funded by the McKnight Land Grant Professorship, University of Minnesota, 2008-2010.
  • Postsocialist Modernity: Chinese Cinema, Literature, and Criticism in the Market Age (completed): Book-length study of Chinese cinema and culture since the culture industry's transition to a market economy in the early 1990s. Original research funded by a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship.
  • Anthology of Chinese Film Theory and Criticism: Co-editing with Prof. Guo-Juin Hong (Duke U) an anthology of Chinese writings on film, covering the cinemas of Republican China, the PRC, Hong Kong, and Taiwan from eary film to the present.

Awards

  • McKnight Land Grant Professorship, University of Minnesota, 2008 - 2010
  • Institute for Advanced Study Fellow, University of Minnesota, spring 2007
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 2002 - 2003

Courses Taught

  • HSEM 3014H - Classical Cinema as Global Vernacular
  • MIMS 8001 - Theories of the Moving Image
  • ALL 8001 - Critical Approaches to Asian Literary and Cultural Studies
  • ALL 3356W - Chinese Film
  • ALL 5359 - Early Shanghai Film Culture
  • ALL 5358 - Chinese Revolutionary Cinema
  • ALL 1906 - Early Film: Story and Spectacle
  • ALL 5356 - Gender and Sexuality in Chinese Film
  • ALL 3336 - Revolution and Modernity in Chinese Literature and Culture
  • ALL 3337 - Chinese Literature and Popular Culture Today
  • Chinese New Media and Intermediality
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