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Prof. Kendall Johnson
Head of the School of Modern Languages of Cultures


Kendall Johnson

Prof. Johnson holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BA Hons) and the University of Pennsylvania (MA and PhD). Prior to joining the University of Hong Kong, Prof. Johnson was an Associate Professor of Early American Literature at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and was Fulbright Visiting Associate Professor in American Studies at The University of Hong Kong for the 2008‐2009 academic year.

• Research and Teaching Interests
American literature and studies, colonial through early‐twentieth centuries; history of literary theory, criticism, and cultural studies; Native American literatures; race studies; law and U.S. literature; relationship between commerce and literature; China and the United States in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; anthropology and literature; visual aesthetics; postcolonial theory; urban studies; history of the novel.

• Publications
His most recent single‐authored book The New Middle Kingdom: China in the Early American Romance of Free Trade was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2017. Other publications include Henry James and the Visual (Cambridge University Press, 2007; 2011), the Critical Companion to Henry James (FactsOnFile 2009, with Eric L. Haralson), and several essays on Native American literature, among them "Imagining Self and Community in Native American Autobiography" which was published in The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States Since 1945 (Columbia University Press 2006, ed. Eric Cheyfitz). He is currently conducting research on early United States trade and diplomacy for his next book on extraterritorial printing in China and Southeast Asia.

Prof. Johnson Curriculum Vitae of publications and teaching



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