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Zhange (Nicole) Ni

Ph.D., University of Chicago Divinity School, 2009

Zhange Ni is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion and Culture. She received her Ph.D. in Religion and Literature from University of Chicago Divinity School (2009) and was a research associate and visiting assistant professor at the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School (2010-11). Her research interests include the formation of religion and the secular in but not restricted to East Asia; modern and contemporary world literature; theories of sex, gender, and sexuality. She has published in Journal of Religion and Harvard Divinity Bulletin. Currently she is working on two book manuscripts: The Pagan Writes Back: Religion and Literature in Contemporary Novels and Women, Literature, and the Subterraneous History of Religion in Modern China. The Pagan Writes Back is based on her dissertation, which aspires to problematize the very construction of both religion and literature by reading contemporary novels as the site where world religion and world literature intersect. Her second manuscript engages the religious question in modern China. Instead of focusing on the religion-state relation, she surveys how the genealogy of religion unfolds in close interaction with the rise of modern Chinese literature and women’s struggle for liberation (or, more precisely, women's struggle to question or redefine "liberation").