Lena Henningsen What Explains the Impact of Popular Chinese Fiction from the Period After the Foundation of the PRC?

Lena Henningsen is Junior Professor at the Institute of Chinese Studies at the Albert-Ludwigs-Univerity Freiburg. She received her PhD from Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg where she was a member of the excellency cluster „Asia and Europe in a Global Context“. Henningsen’s research interests are Chinese literature from the 20th and 21st century, popular culture as well as imitation and plagiarism in China. She received a Brigitte-Schlieben-Lange-Grant for excellet female junior researchers with children and won the Young Scholar Award of he European Association of Chinese Studies. She is a member of the Young Academy at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. She participates in Fast Track: Excellence and Leadership Skills for Outstanding Women in Science by the Robert-Bosch-Stiftung. Lena Henningsen is Junior Professor at the Institute of Chinese Studies at the Albert-Ludwigs-Univerity Freiburg. She received her PhD from Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg where she was a member of the excellency cluster „Asia and Europe in a Global Context“. Henningsen’s research interests are Chinese literature from the 20th and 21st century, popular culture as well as imitation and plagiarism in China. She received a Brigitte-Schlieben-Lange-Grant for excellet female junior researchers with children and won the Young Scholar Award of he European Association of Chinese Studies. She is a member of the Young Academy at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. She participates in Fast Track: Excellence and Leadership Skills for Outstanding Women in Science by the Robert-Bosch-Stiftung.

Area of Research

Popular Chinese Literature (20th, 21st centuries), Contemporary China: Society, Popular Culture, Consumer Culture, Intellectual Property, Creativity, Imitation and Plagiarism in China, Chinese Music

Lena Henningsen. "Individualism for the Masses? Coffee Consumption and the Chinese Middle Class' Search for Authenticity." Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 13 (2012): 408-427.  
Lena Henningsen. Copyright Matters: Imitation, Creativity and Authenticity in Contemporary Chinese Literature. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 2010.  
Lena Henningsen. "Reich der Fälscher – oder Land der Kreativen? Der chinesische Buchmarkt und (globale) Phänomene der Kreativität." Orientierungen 1 (2009): 34-58.  
Lena Henningsen. "Harry Potter with Chinese Characteristics, Plagiarism between Orientalism and Occidentalism." China Information 20 (2006): 275-311.  
Lena Henningsen and Sara Landa. "Verliebte Helden, rebellische Dichter und das ‚Erwachen des Selbst-Bewusstseins‘: Helden-Stilisierungen in der chinesischen Literatur der langen 1970er." (Unpublished)  

since 2012

Junior Professor for Chinese Studies

Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) (more details)

2004-2012

Assistant Professor

Heidelberg University (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)

Institute of Chinese Studies

2008-2009

Project Coordinator “Rethinking Trends”, Cluster of Excellency “Asia and Europe”

Heidelberg University (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)

2008-2009

Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Coordinator “Creative Dissonances”, Cluster of Excellency “Asia and Europe”

Heidelberg University (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)

2003-2004

Teaching, Library and Research Assistant

Heidelberg University (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)

Institute of Chinese Studies

2008

PhD in Chinese Studies

Heidelberg University (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)

2004

Master in Chinese Studies, Musicology, Political Sciences

Heidelberg University (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)

After Studies in Berlin (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Free University) and Nanjing (Nanjing Normal University PR China)

MCLC (Modern Chinese Literature and Culture)

Asiatische Studien / Études asiatiques

Archiv Orientalni

Chime

Plagiary

Fellowships

Fast-Track Programm of the Robert Bosch Stiftung (2014-2016)

Member of the Young Academy (Junge Akademie an der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina) (2013-2018)

Brigitte Schlieben-Lange Scholarship (2011-2012)

Scholarship of the DAAD for studies at Nanjing Normal University (2000-2001)

Scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, 2003 Scholarship for Field Trip to Shanghai, Wuxi, Nanjing und Beijing (2000-2004)

Prizes

European Association for Chinese Studies’ Young Scholar Award for the Paper “No Faith in Fakes: Han Han on Plagiarism and Authenticity in the Contemporary Chinese Literary Field” (2008)

Winner of „Geist begeistert“ (Bundesweiter Universitätswettbewerb des BMBF) for the Project „Cooperation with Schools“ (2007)

Conference Grant „Imaginary Food: Eating and Representation in Contemporary Culture” (Granted by the Young Academy, with Colleagues) (2016)

Research Grant „Worlds of Reading“ (Granted by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts, Baden-Württemberg) (2015-2018)

Conference Grant „To Boldly go Where no Man has Gone Before: The Fascination of the Unknown: Time” (Granted by the Young Academy, with Colleagues) (2015)

Conference Grant „Schreiben, Lesen, Hören: Rezeption und Autorschaft in Populärkulturen“ (Granted by the Young Academy, with Colleagues) (2015)

Conference Grant „To Boldly go Where no Man has Gone Before: Die Faszination des Unbekannten: Raum” (Granted by the Young Academy, with Colleagues) (2014)

Project Grant „China‘s Transformationen“ (Granted by Innovationsfond Forschung of Freiburg University, with Colleagues) (2012-2013)

Project Grant “Rethinking Trends” (Granted by the Cluster of Excellency “Asia and Europe”, Heidelberg University, with Colleagues) (2008, 2009)

Project Grant „Cooperation with Schools“ (Granted by Robert Bosch Stiftung) (2008)

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Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)


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Faculty

Institute of Chinese Studies (Institut für Sinologie)

"Research and teaching at the Institute of Chinese Studies at Freiburg University focus on modern and contemporary China and are characterized by an interdisciplinary approach combining history and the social sciences.
In addition, the Institute offers a comprehensive training in the Chinese language.
Research at the Institute deals with a wide range of aspects concerning modern China, including Chinese politics, economy, society, culture and history.
Both in research and teaching, the Institute cooperates with China experts in the fields of history, law, sociology, medicine and psychology at Freiburg University.
We train students for occupations with a focus on China, play an active part in the international research on China and inform the public about current developments in China." (Source)

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Certain fictional texts written during the seventeen years after the foundation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and before the Cultural Revolution are seen as influential and popular over time. In her research project presented in this video LENA HENNINGSEN investigates which factors lead to said popularity, which normative elements are contained in the texts and how they are constructed. She explains how descriptions of everyday actions of the protagonists are codes for underlying normative values and thus provide insights about the early years of the PRC.

LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10078

Tastes of Revolution, Change and Love: Codes of Consumption in Fiction from New China

  • Lena Henningsen
  • Frontiers of Literary Studies in China
  • Published in 2014

Chicago

Lena Henningsen. "Tastes of Revolution, Change and Love: Codes of Consumption in Fiction from New China." Frontiers of Literary Studies in China 8 (2014): 575–597.