Zhang Jie

Areas of Specialty

Prof. Zhang Jie’s research is on Russian literature and contemporary western literary criticism, especially Bakhtin studies. He has published three academic monographs, four translations of literary theory, two academic collections (editor), over 40 articles and several translations of articles. He has won many awards for his works, including Study of Polytonal Novel Theory (1992), Philosophy of Tragedy (1992), Transcendence of Criticism — On Bakhtin’s Integrate Criticism Theory, History of Russian Literary Criticism in the 20th Century (2000). He has translated into Chinese (in collaboration)  Exploration into the World (1993), Biography of Mikhail Bakhtin(2000), Critique of Freudianism (1987), Marxism and Linguistic Philosophy(1998), and Collected Works of Mikhail Bakhtin (1998). His research projects include: “Polytonal Novel Theory of Dostoevsky and Bakhtin”, “Lotman and His Literal Semiotics”, “Studies on Modern Western Formalism Literary Theory” and “Studies on Contemporary Russian Literary Criticism”.

Education

Professor ZHANG Jie was born in Shanghai, China in 1956. From 1978 to 1982, he studied at The Foreign Languages Department of Anhui Normal University, majoring in Russian. He graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in Literature. In 1984 and 1989, he was twice admitted to Foreign Literature Department of Graduate School, China Academy of Social Sciences, majoring in Russian language and literature, following Research Fellow Professor Zhang Yu, Director of The Institute of Foreign Literature Studies, China Academy of Social Sciences. Zhang Jie was awarded Master’s Degree in 1987, and Ph. D. in 1992. From April 1995 to April 1996 and from July 2000 to September 2000, he visited Russia twice to do research at the Theoretical Office of Gorky World Literature Institute of Russia Academy of Sciences.

He became a professor in December 1994, and acquired the Ph. D. mentor status in January 2001. Professor Zhang is President of The School of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Nanjing Normal University. He also teaches western literary theory for the Ph. D. program of comparative literature and world literature in The School of Literary Studies, Nanjing Normal University. His other titles include Academician of UN International Academy of Information Science, Associate President of China National Semiotics Association, Director of China National Association of Literature Teaching and Research at Colleges, Director of China Association of Chinese and Foreign Liberal Theory Studies, Director of China Russian Literature Studies, Standing Associate President of Association of Foreign Literature in Jiangsu Province, Vice Director of Committee of Foreign Literature of Writers’ Association in Jiangsu Province, Standing Director of Association of Comparative Literature in Jiangsu Province, and Standing Director of Nanjing Translators’ Association.

In his teaching career, Professor Zhang Jie has offered the following courses for Ph. D. and Master’s Degree candidates: History of Russian Literature, Selected Reading in Russian Literature, Contemporary Western Aesthetics, Survey of Foreign Literature Studies, History of Chinese and Foreign Literary Studies. He has also offered many courses for undergraduates: Survey of Russia, History of Russian Literature, Selected Reading in Russian Literature, Russian-Chinese Translation, Russian Reading (both intensive reading and extensive reading), and Western Literary Theory in the 20th Century.

Publications

Books

Study of Polytonal Novel Theory, Lijiang Publishing House, December 1992

Exploration into the World, Lijiang Publishing House, September 1993

History of Russian Literary Criticism in the 20th Century, Yilin Press, December 2000.

Editing of National Textbooks

Contemporary Western Literary Theory, East China Normal University Press, June 1997.

Translation of literary theories

Critique of Freudianism, published by China Art Association Publishing Corporation, September 1987. (First translator, with one co-translator, responsible for the arrangement of the whole translation. This book was then re-edited and incorporated into Complete Works of Mikhail Bakhtin, published by Hebei Educational Press, June 1998.)

Philosophy of Tragedy — Dostoevsky and Nietzsche, published by Lijiang Publishing House, September 1992.

Marxism and Linguistic Philosophy, published by Hebei Educational Press, June 1998.
(First translator, responsible for 2/3 of the whole translation. The book was later republished in Complete Works of Mikhail Bakhtin.)

Biography of Mikhail Bakhtin, published by Orient Publishing Center (Shanghai), June 2000. (First translator, with one co-translator).

Edited works

Collected Works of Mikhail Bakhtin, published by Shanghai Far-East Press, May 1998 (Editor in chief).

Apocalypse for the Life of the Young People, published by Yilin Press, 1990.

Synopses of One Hundred World-Wide Influential Western Classics in the 20th Century, published by Lijiang Publishing House, April 2000 (Second editor).

Exploration into the 21st Century (Collection of Essays), published by Yilin Press, December 1999 (First sub-editor).

Academic Articles

Articles Published by International Journals

“Bakhtin in China: Research and Discussion”, in M. M. Bakhtin and the Humanity Mind at the Threshold of the 21st Century, vol.2., University of Moldova Press, August 1995.

“Bakhtin Studies in China”, in Dialogue, Carnival and Temporal-Spatial Entity (Belarus), vol. 3, 1996.

Articles Published by National Core Journals or Quoted by China People’s University Newspaper and Journal Facsimile Data

“Helapchenko on Artistic Images”, Foreign Literature Dynamics, vol. 8, 1987.

“On Gorky’s Psychoanalytic Art — Probe into the Artistic Features of Okurov-Series Novels”, Foreign Literature Review, vol. 2, 1988.

“Deepening of Psychoanalytic Art — A Major Tendency in the 20th Century Foreign Literature”, Changsha Hydroelectric Teacher’s College Journal, vol. 4, 1988 (completely quoted in the category of Foreign Literature Review by China People’s University Newspaper and Journal Facsimile Data, vol. 1, 1989).

“Author’s Consciousness and Dialogue Relationship in Polytonal Novels — On Bakhtin’s Polytonal Theory”, Foreign Literature Review, vol. 4, 1989.

“Expansion of Realistic Psychological Art — On the Artistic Features of Journal of Ross”, Foreign Literature Review, vol. 4, 1988.

“Vicissitude of Tolstoy’s ‘Spiritual Dialetic’”, Foreign Literature Review, vol. 2, 1990.

“Transcendence of Criticism — On Bakhtin’s Integrate Criticism Theory”, Literal Studies, vol. 6, 1990 (Third Prize in the First Selection of Excellent Achievement in Humanities and Social Science at Universities in Jiangsu Province, February 18, 1995.)

“Deconstruction of Literary Convention”, Nanjing Normal University Journal, vol. 2, 1991 (completely quoted in the category of Literary Theory by China People’s University Newspaper and Journal Facsimile Data, vol. 6, 1991.)

“Restructuring the Reality of History”, Foreign Literature, vol. 4, 1992.

“On Psychoanalytic Art in the Two Autobiographical Novels by Gorky”, Contemporary Foreign Literature, June 1993.

“Echoes of the Historical Fate of Russia”, Literal Studies, vol. 4, 1994.

“Out of Environment — A Major Tendency in the Development of Realistic Literature in the 20th Century”, Sichuang Foreign Language Institute Journal, vol. 1, 1994.

“Reconsideration of the Significance of Criticism”, Sichuang Foreign Language Institute Journal, vol. 3, 1994.

“The Status Quo of Contemporary Russian Literature”, Yilin, vol. 4, 1996.

“Triple Characters of Archetypal Interpretation”, Literal Studies, vol. 5, 1996.

“Latest Achievements in the Construction of 20th Century Russian Literary History”, Russian Literature and Arts, vol. 5, 1996.

“The Turning of Criticism: From Linguistics to Discourse”, Foreign Languages, vol. 4, 1998 (completely quoted in the category of Literary Theory by China People’s University Newspaper and Journal Facsimile Data, vol. 11, 1998).

“The Quest for Truth: From Science to Religion — Russian Religious and Cultural Critic Florensky”, Russia Literature and Arts, vol. 4, 1998.

“Restructuring Modes of Critical Mind — Bakhtin’s Criticism in Discourse and Context”, PLA Foreign Language Institute Journal, vol. 1, 1999 (quoted by Higher Education Institute Literal Art Journal Collection, vol. 3, 1999, p 103.).

“20th Century — A Century of Linguistics”, Foreign Language Research, vol. 3, 1999.

“Restructuring Critical Methods in the 21st Century”, Jianghai Journal, vol. 1, 2000.

“A Study on Russian Religious and Cultural Critical Theory in Silver Age”, Foreign Literature Review, vol. 2, 2000.

“On Mr. Ye Shuifu, A Famous Famous Translator and Literary Critic”, Foreign Language Research, vol. 1, 2000.

“Artistic Semiotics and Cultural Semiotics: Towards a Systematic Approach — Theory of Tartu-Moscow Semiotics School”, Foreign Languages, vol. 6, 2000.

“Historical Cycle: Creation, Criticism and Mind”, Foreign Languages, vol. 5, 2001.

“Updating Mode of Thinking and Exploring New Methods — A Methodological Consideration of Research in Foreign Literature and Translation”, Foreign Language and Teaching, vol. 10, 2001.

Articles Published by Provincial Journals

“ ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’and Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Narrative Drama’”, Yitan, vol. 2, 1986.

“ ‘Scattered View’ and ‘Perspective’  — On the Thematic Art of Puning’s Novella Countryside”, Foreign Literature Appreciation, vol. 4, 1986.

“Dispute on the Concept of Creative Method”, Yitan, vol. 5, 1987.

“Bakhtin’s Critique of Freudianism”, Literal Study, vol. 3, 1987.

“Comment on Three Lyrics by Bachabovskaia”, Foreign Literature Appreciation, vol. 2, 1987.

“Psychoanalysis in Liberal Studies”, Nanjing Normal University Journal, vol. 1, 1989.

“Fission in Contemporary Literary Concepts”, Nanjing Normal University Journal, January, 1991.

“Soviet Literature and Research: Diversity and Uniformity”, Suzhou University Journal, December 1993.

“Retrospect on Criticism”, Retrospect at the End of Century (collection of essays), Guangxi Normal University Press, June 1996.

“Mikhail Bakhtin and Chinese Literature”, Publishers’ Place, vol. 2, 1997.

“An Important Feature of Western Modernism Literature in the 20th Century”, Collected Essays on Foreign Literature, Yilin Press, 1997.

“Marching toward the New Century, Exploring New Methods”, Exploration into the 21st Century (collection of essays), Yilin Press, 1999.

“Retrospect at the End of Century: Anti-Convention, Diversity and Inconclusiveness”, Synopses of One Hundred World-Wide Influential Western Classics in the 20th Century, published by Lijiang Publishing House, April 2000.

“Overcoming the Obstacles: Contradiction between Theory and Practice — Analysis of the English Examination Paper of 2001 National University Entrance Examinations”, New Education Weekly, June 18, 2001.

Translated Articles

“Regularity and Irregularity in Literature”, Literal Theory Studies, vol. 4, 1991.
“The Concept of Man in Christianity and Humanism of Art”, Foreign Literature Dynamics, vol. 12, 1988.
“Three Lyrics by Bachabovskaia” (translation of poems), Foreign Literature Appreciation, vol. 2, 1987.
“Collision” (translation of novel), Russian Literature and Arts, vol. 6, 1995.