Anatoly Detwyler

1238 Van Hise Hall


Areas of Expertise:
Modern Chinese literature and history, comparative new media, information studies


PhD, Columbia University, 2015
BA, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 2005

Areas of Expertise:

Modern Chinese literature and history, comparative new media, information studies

Selected Publications:

“Self-Repetition and East Asian Literary Modernity”
(with Hoyt Long and Yuancheng Zhu), Journal of Cultural Analytics 
Macro trends [观其大较], an ongoing column which I co-author and co-edit with Wentao Jiang (Zhejiang University), published in Shandong Journal of Social Sciences
[山东社会科学]. Featuring both original writing and translations aimed at introducing to a mainland Chinese audience new methods, projects, and criticisms of digital humanities.
“Contribution to the Annotated Bibliography of the Lu Xun Foreign Book Collection” [鲁迅外文藏 书提要(一则)], Lu Xun Studies Monthly
, no. 3 (2012).

Selected Books:

The Aesthetics of Information in Modern Chinese Literary Culture
(manuscript under preparation)
Information: A Reader
, co-edited with Eric Hayot and Lea Pao (forthcoming with Columbia University Press)
Literary Information in China: A History 
, co-edited with Jack W. Chen, Xiao LIU, Christopher Nugent, and Bruce Rusk (in progress)

Selected Lectures:

“Big Data in Modern China: On Liang Qichao’s Invention of ‘Historical Statistics,’” AAS Annual Conference, March 2018.
“数字人文前史与早期清华大学史研究” [Research on the Prehistory of Digital Humanities and the Early History of Tsinghua University], Tsinghua University, June 2017.
“Biao as Data Frame: On the Non-linear Management of Literary Information in China,” Literary History of Information Management in China Conference, University of Virginia, May 2017.
“Ripple Effects: Visualizing the Propagation of Information in Leftist Literature and Art in 1930s China,” invited lecture, University of Virginia, April 2017.
“Like Bacteria, Like Bullets: The Poetry of Distant Reading in May Fourth China,” AAS Annual Conference, March 2017.
“On the Mosaic Theory of Information,” Center for Humanities and Information Annual Conference, Penn State, October 2016.
“Modeling the Literary Subject in Modern Japanese and Chinese Fiction” (with Hoyt Long, University of Chicago), NovelTM Annual Workshop, The Banff Center, October 2016.
“From Data Mining to Media Event: Managing Literary Information in Republican China,” The Literary History of Information Management in China, Penn State, September 2016.
“Narrative as Algorithm: A Macroanalysis of Modern Japanese and Chinese Texts” (co-author with Hoyt Long, Richard Jean So, and Yuancheng Zhu, University of Chicago), DHAsia colloquium, Stanford University, March 2016.
“The Handicraft of Writing: Materiality, Form, and Networked Communication in Shen Congwen’s Work, 1934-1960,” Traveling Text/Image/Media Cluster, The Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature Conference, Fudan University (Shanghai), June 2015.
“远读: 信息形象化之吸引力和中国现代文化,1920-1940” [Distant Reading: The Attraction of Information Visualization and Modern Chinese Culture, 1920-1940], Invited Lecture, Department of Chinese, Tsinghua University (Beijing), April 2015.
“Distant Readings: The Aesthetics of Information Visualization in Modern Chinese Literary Culture, 1920-1940,” Invited Lecture, Columbia University Global Centers, Beijing, April 2015.
“Shadow Networks of the Chinese Literary Left” (with Richard Jean So and Hoyt Long), Modern Chinese Style: Words and Worlds in 20th Century China, Berkeley, May 2014.
“The Social Networks of Modern Chinese Poetry” (with Richard Jean So and Hoyt Long), AAS Annual Conference, March 2014.
“News as Literature, Literature as News: Xie Liuyi, Mao Dun, and the Emergence of ‘Information’ in Modern Chinese Literature,” AAS Annual Conference, March 2012.
“Propaganda and Information Society in Modern Chinese Literature,” Association for Asian Studies- Social Science Research Council Workshop on Dissertation Development, Toronto, March 2012.
“‘这不是十八世纪’:茅盾小说《子夜》中的金融资本,抽象化,与信息生态” [“Nor is this the 18th Century”: Financial Capital, Abstraction, and Information Ecology in Mao Dun’s Midnight], Invited Lecture, Department of Chinese, Tsinghua University (Beijing), April 2012.
“Networks of Exchange: Third World Literary Fronts of the Early Cold War,” The Transnational ‘50s: New Perspectives on the Early PRC and the Outside World, Columbia University, May 2011.
“The Avant-garde Monthly and Fascist Modernism in China,” Multimedia Lu Xun Conference, Columbia University, February 2009.

Selected Courses:

Introduction to East Asian civilization (EASTDS 255)
Chinese film and pop culture (EASIAN 520)
Modern Chinese literature (EASIAN 352 / LITTRANS 262)
Critical approaches to East Asia
Modern Chinese literature and the economic imagination
Introduction to Chinese civilization
Documenting the real in Chinese literature and film
Gender and the city in modern Chinese literature and film