J. (Jiyu) Zhang

  • PhD candidate
  • Film and Literature Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2119
E-Mail: j.zhang@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Centre for the Arts in Society, Literatuurwetenschap
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 1
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 1.05b
Personal Homepage: zoekenopnaam.leidenuniv.nl/​profile/​1882bbec77ea63d9e7aea085ae901ad06d7bfaba?q=zhang

Fields of interest

  • Film Theory and Criticism
  • Philosophy of Film
  • Cinematic Semiotics
  • Body Politics/Discourse
  • Cultural Inquiry
  • Modernism and Postmodernism


My current PhD-project, titled The Representations of Sexuality in Chinese Cinema, aims to investigate the representations of sexuality exposed in Chinese films, with observations upon the particular notions mediated through images and sounds. Such representations, which are potentially rendered in cultural conventions, and more likely might have reflected discursive turns undertaken by filmmakers in China under postmodern conditions since 1980s, will be explicated with several case studies. Through an intensive gaze onto the norms and the nature of the scenes on the screen, I aspire to speculate the way that how sexuality is manifested via the cinematic strategy and the cultural logic, which has been incontestably constituted by Western discourse theory that would be aligned with and also testified under specific circumstances of the 'Chineseness'.

Curriculum vitae

PhD candidate, LUCAS, Leiden University (supervisors: Prof.dr.Ernst van Alphen, Dr.Peter Verstraten)
Master of Arts, Film and Photographic Studies, Media Studies , Leiden University
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and Communication, Northwest University

Journalist, Shenzhen News Network, Shenzhen Press Group, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China

Last Modified: 10-12-2015