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2016 D’Angelo Chair

Dr. LuMing Mao

Dr. LuMing Mao

A professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies and chair of the English department at Miami University, LuMing Mao, Ph.D., has earned recognition as a scholar-teacher of comparative rhetoric, cultural studies, and Asian/American rhetorics. He joins the English faculty in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as the 2016 Peter and Margaret D’Angelo Chair for the Humanities at St. John’s University.

Mao’s research has been centrally located in the intersectionalities of rhetoric, writing, linguistics, culture, history, and philosophy, and he has articulated a new kind of comparative rhetorical theory, one that enacts a discursive interdependence-in-difference. Mao’s work has both challenged Euro-American conceptions of Chinese and Asian/Asian American rhetorics and provided new methods of analysis for transforming dominant narratives of rhetoric in general and for depicting diverse rhetorical experiences of Chinese and Asian/Asian Americans in particular. His “art of recontextualization,” a method that relies on terms of interdependence and interconnectivity to constitute and regulate representation of all discursive practices, has contributed to a more dynamic, multidimensional understanding of the relationship between the local and the global, the self and the other, the digital and the alphabetic, and the cultural and the material. Mao currently is writing a book entitled Searching for a Tertium Quid: Studying Chinese Rhetoric in the Present and co-editing the Norton Anthology of Rhetoric and Writing.

The recipient of numerous honors---including the Distinguished Scholar Award from Miami University in 2015 and the Honorable Mention for the MLA 2008 Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize for the co-edited volume Representations: Doing Asian American Rhetoric--- Mao is a prolific author. His most recent publications include: the Chinese edition of his Reading Chinese Fortune Cookie: the Making of Chinese American Rhetoric (2013); an edited collection, Comparative Rhetoric: The Art of Traversing Rhetorical Times, Places, and Spaces (2014); essays in Rhetoric Society Quarterly (2013) and PMLA (2014); and a co-edited symposium on comparative rhetoric in Rhetoric Review (2015).

Mao earned his bachelor’s degree from East China Normal University and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is teaching an undergraduate and a graduate seminar on Comparative Rhetoric: Re-Presenting the Other at St. John’s during the spring 2016 semester. He also will deliver these public lectures:

Queens Campus
“The Art of Recontextualization: Engaging the Rhetorics of the Other Comparatively”
Thursday, April 21, 2016
1:50 pm (Common Hour)
D’Angelo Center, Room 206

Staten Island Campus
“Images of Hybridity: Visualizing China through a Rhetoric of Becoming”
Monday, March 14, 2016
1:50 pm (Common Hour)
Kelleher Center, Kiernan Suite

For additional information, please contact Patricia Marchia at 718-990-6272 or marchiap@stjohns.edu.

Established in 2007, the Peter P. and Margaret A. D’Angelo Chair in the Humanities promotes excellence in teaching and scholarly exchange.