Emily Wilcox

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Wilcox, Emily

Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Studies

202 S. Thayer, Suite 6111
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

Office Location(s): 5159 STB
Phone: 734.647.5628

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Asian Languages and Cultures
    • Center for Chinese Studies
  • About

    Professor Wilcox will be on leave during the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Research Interests

    Emily Wilcox joined the University of Michigan faculty in the fall of 2013. She is a specialist in modern and contemporary Chinese culture, with a focus on performance culture in the People's Republic of China. Emily's theoretical interests include postcolonial and postsocialist studies, performance theory, intellectual and cultural history, and the anthropology of the body. She is currently writing a book on the cultural history of dance in 20th- and 21st-century China, based on fieldwork conducted at the Beijing Dance Academy, the Inner Mongolia University Arts Academy, and at performing arts institutions around China. Emily lectures and publishes in Mandarin Chinese, and she is an international research affiliate at the Richard Schechner Center for Performance Studies at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Before joining the University of Michigan, Emily taught at the University of California, Davis, and the College of William and Mary. Emily offers a range of courses in Chinese cultural studies, including topics in performance, popular culture, literature, history of ideas, urban studies, and film. She is also a dance practitioner, specializing in Chinese classical dance and international style ballroom dance.   

    Courses Offered in 2013-14

    ASIAN 251 China in Ten Words: Foundational Ideas in Chinese Thought
    ASIAN 280 Contemporary Chinese Performance Culture
    ASIAN 257 Great Cities of Asia - China
    ASIAN 281 Junior/Senior Seminar for Majors in Asian Languages and Cultures

    Dissertation Review



    "Meaning in Movement: Adaptation and the Xiqu Body in Intercultural Chinese Theatre." TDR: The Drama Review 58:1 (T221) Spring: 42-63. (2014)

    “English-Language Publications on Chinese Dance: A Bibliography.” Chinoperl Papers (2013)

    “Dai Ailian,” "Wu Xiaobang," "Guangdong Modern Dance Company." Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (Forthcoming)

    “Selling Out Post-Mao: Dance Work and Ethics of Fulfillment in Reform Era China” In Andrew Kipnis, ed. Chinese Modernity and the Individual Psyche. Palgrave Macmillan (2012)

    “Han-Tang Zhongguo Gudianwu and the Problem of Chineseness in Contemporary Chinese Dance: Sixty Years of Controversy.” Asian Theater Journal. 29(1): 206-232 (2012)     

    "Zhongguo de bianyuan, meiguo de zhongxin: Tao shenti juchang zai meiguo wudao jie" (China at Periphery, America at Center: TAO Dance Theater at the American Dance Festival).  Wudao Pinglun (The Dance Review).  2012(1): 59-67.  (2012)

     “Dancers Doing Fieldwork: Socialist Aesthetics and Bodily Experience in the People’s Republic of China.” Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement. 17(2): Electronic (2012)

    “‘An Ancient Subtle Energy Healing Art and Science for Today's Lifestyle’: Qigong and the Problem of the Non-Modern Global Form.” Kroeber Anthropology Society Papers. Issue 97: 5-28. (2008)  

    “Dance as l’Intervention: Health and Aesthetics of Experience in French Contemporary Dance.” Body and Society. Vol 11 (4): 109-139. (2005)

  • Education
    • B.A., Harvard University (2003)
    • M.Phil., University of Cambridge (2004)
    • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (2011)