Prof YU, Kwan Wai Eric   余君偉
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Research Interest

comparative literature / modern Chinese literature / film genres

Professional Profile

Before joining EdUHK in 2012, Professor Yu had served as Director of the Film Studies Centre and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. Previoulsy, he taught at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and National Dong Hwa University. His research and teaching interests range from comparative literature, travel writing, to cinema studies. His works on literature and film have appeared in scholarly journals and anthologies like Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Tamkang Review, Advances in Communication and Mass Media Research, and East Asian Cinemas. He has been Secretary General and Executive Board Member of Comparative Literature Association of R.O.C. and an editor for three academic journals. His most recent research focuses on Hong Kong poetry in the 1970s in relation to everyday modernity.

Research Interest

comparative literature / modern Chinese literature / film genres

Selected Output

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters
YU, K.W.E. (2011). "007 in Late Colonial Hong Kong: Technology, Masculinity, and Sly Humour in Stephen Chow's From Beijing with Love". In V.P.Y. Lee (Ed.), East Asian Cinemas: Regional Flows and Global Transformations (87-102). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
YU, K.W.E. (2010). "A Traditional Vengeful Ghost or the Machine in a Ghost? Narrative Dynamics, Horror Effects, and the Posthuman in Ringu". In S. Hessel, & M. Huppert (Eds.), Fear Itself (97-112). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
YU, K.W.E. (2010). "High Concept and Cinematic Style in the Infernal Affairs Trilogy". In Y. Pasadeos (Ed.), Advances in Communication and Mass Media Research (483-494). Athens: ATINER.
YU, K.W.E. (2010). "Stone Face, Noirness, and Visual Pleasure: A Preliminary Study of the Lone Hitman Film". In Y.C. Lee, & P.C. Feng (Eds.), Beyond Tunnel Vision (123-148). Taipei: Bookman.
YU, K.W.E. (2007). "Fantasy, Predestination, and Iterability: The Myth of Love in Dracula and Message in a Bottle". In Y.H. Chou, & P.C. Feng (Eds.), Visual Modern and its Other (255-279). Taipei: Bookman.

Journal Publications
余君偉(2021):從許冠文作品看1970年代香港喜劇電影的現代化、諧星形象及觀賞心理 (Modernization of Hong Kong Comedy Film in the 1970s, Comedic Persona, and Psychology of Viewing: A Preliminary Study Based on Michael Hui Koon-man’s Works),《高雄師大學報: 人文與藝術類 (Kaohsiung Normal University Journal: Education and Social Sciences)》,51,xx-xx。
余君偉(2019):論一九七零年代香港城市詩的特色:以舒巷城、羈魂及梁秉鈞為例 (Hong Kong Urban Poetry in the 1970s: Shu Xiangcheng, Ji Hun, and Leung Ping-kwan as Prime Examples),《東海中文學報 (Tunghai Journal of Chinese Literature)》,37,83-128。
余君偉(2017):西詩及西詩中譯對漢語新詩的影響:以馮至與卞之琳為例(The Influence of Western Poetry and its Chinese Translation on Modern Chinese Poetry: Feng Zhi and Bian Zhilin as Examples ),《成大中文學報 (Journal of Chinese Literature of National Cheng Kung University)》,59,145-180。
余君偉(2016):1940年代「九葉派」詩論——以袁可嘉為例 (Poetic Theory of the "Nine Leaves School" in the 1940s: Yuan Kejia as a Prime Example),《政大中文學報 (Bulletin of the Department of Chinese Literature at National Chengchi University)》,26,276-301。
余君偉(2015):李碧華《胭脂扣》中的禮物交換與愛情(Gift Exchange and Love in Lillian Lee’s _Rouge_),《中外文學 (Chung Wai Literary Quarterly)》,44(4),9-36。
余君偉(2015):雕像與流水:論馮至對里爾克詩風的接受和轉化(Of Statues and Flowing Water: Feng Zhi’s Reception and Transformation of Rilke’s Poetic Style),《中國現代文學(Modern Chinese Literature)》,28,91-108。
Yu, E. (2015). "Ideas, Emotions, and Poetic Devices: Philosophical Lyricism in Feng Zhi’s Sonnets". Quarterly Journal of Chinese Studies, 3(3), 1-16.
YU, K.W.E. (2012). "Obsessive Love, Mourning, and Objects: On the Novel and Film Adaptation of Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World". Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities, 32, 145-161.
YU, K.W.E. (2010). "Farce, Pathos, and Absurdity in Stephen Chow's Film Comedies: From Beijing with Love and CJ7 Reconsidered". Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, 36(2), 213-241.
YU, K.W.E. (2009). "The Civilizing Mission, Social Sympathy, and Self-Preservation: On Alicia Bewicke Little’s Trips in China and the Ethics of Travel". Review of English and American Literature, 15, 121-146.
YU, K.W.E. (2008). "Hospitality, Debt, and the China Question: Thomas De Quincey's Rhetoric of Empire". Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities, 25, 25-40.
YU, K.W.E. (2006). "Productive Fear: Labor, Sexuality, and Mimicry in Bram Stoker's Dracula". Texas Studies in Literature and Language, 48(2), 145-170.

Conference Papers
Yu, K.W.E. (2017, June). Learning Hong Kong History through “Place Poems” of the 1970s. Paper presented at The 2017 Association of Chinese & Comprative Literature Conference, Hong Kong.
YU, K.W.E. (2017, May). Programme Outcomes Assessment: Principles and Examples. Keynote speech presented at QESS Symposium: Assuring and Enhancing Educational Quality for Post-secondary Education, Hong Kong.
Yu, K.W.E (2014, December). "Everyday Modernity in Hong Kong Horror". Hong Kong As Method International Conference, Hong Kong.
余君偉(2014,5):〈論也斯的食物詩學〉,第6屆文學傳播與接受國際學術研討會,新竹, 台灣。
Yu, K.W.E. (2013, December). "Professionalism and the Body in Hong Kong jiangshi Films: From the Mr. Vampire Cycle to Tsui Hark’s Vampire Hunters". Envisioning Chinese Cinemas in the 21st Century: The Taiwan Symposium, Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Yu, K.W.E. (2011, October). “Wonder and Sly Humor in Emily Hahn’s Writings on the Congo.”. International Conference in Honor of Professor Liang Shih-chiu, Taipei, Taiwan.
Yu, K.W.E. (2010, November). “Obsessive Love, Object, and Mourning: On ‘Pure Love’ (jun’ai) Films”. Literary Studies in the New Century, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Yu, K.W.E. (2010, May). "Cultural Negotiations and Generic Exchange in the Infernal Affairs Film Trilogy". The 8th Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media, Athens, Greece.
Yu, K.W.E. (2009, April). “Feel my Pain and Perish: Aesthetic Features and Moral Challenges of Ju-on: The Grudge”. B for Bad Cinema, Melbourne, Australia.
Yu, K.W.E. (2008, September). “A Traditional Vengeful Ghost or the Machine in a Ghost? Narrative Dynamics and Horror Effects in the Ring Cycle”. The 1st Global Conference -- Fear, Horror and Terror, Oxford, UK.
Yu, K.W.E. (2008, June). “Opening the Self at the Moments of Unease? The Ethics of Travel in Alicia Bewick Little’s and Emily Hahn’s Writings”. Travel Writing: Spirit of Place and Discover of the Self, Corfu, Greece.

All Other Outputs
余君偉, 王良和, 關夢南(2018):詩, 中港情結, 生活化書寫 (Poetry, Mainland China-Hong Kong Complex, Daily Life Writing: An Interview with Kwan Muk-han). 《聲韻詩刊》(Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine) 43, A23-A27,香港。
余君偉, 王良和, 葉輝(2017):文壇「多面手」--與葉輝對談(An All-rounder on the Literary Scene: Interview with Yip Fai),香港,《香港文學》(Hong Kong Literature Monthly), 393, 76-80。


Language Enhancement at EdUHK and Beyond: Fostering a Community of Practice on Technology-enhanced Language Learning and Teaching
This project intends to achieve the following objectives: 1). Identify creative and effective use of technologies in language learning and teaching (English / Cantonese / Putonghua / other modern languages); 2). Investigate how such technologies help to enhance students’ language learning and teachers’ language teaching through guided self-reflection and critical evaluations of their technology-enhanced language learning/teaching practices; 3). Build a Community of Practice on technology-enhance . . .
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): WANG, Lixun 王立勛 (YU, Kwan Wai Eric 余君偉 as Co-Principal Investigator)
Engaging Everyday Modernity: Hong Kong Poetry in the 1970s
The project investigates the poetic treatments of everyday modernity in 1970s Hong Kong, focusing on the thematic nuances and literary styles concerned in the wider context of the rapidly changing local society.
Project Start Year: 2016, Principal Investigator(s): YU, Kwan Wai Eric 余君偉
Love and Death in Popular Cinema
Love and death are two of the most important human concerns and also two closely related themes in literary and cultural studies. Although there have been quite a few notable book-length studies of love and death in literature, a comprehensive approach to both themes in the cinema with a view to exploring their subtle interconnections has yet to be conducted. To narrow down the scope in consideration of manageability, this project targets specifically at the representations of love and death . . .
Project Start Year: 2012, Principal Investigator(s): YU, Kwan Wai Eric 余君偉
The Generic Features of Wuxia Film and the Problem of Transculturation (funded by National Science Council).
Wuxia film is a major genre in Chinese-language cinema. Although wuxia production in the last decade can hardly rival the golden age of the 1960s, because of transnational cooperation in terms of capital, talents and so forth some recent big-budget wuxia films enjoyed great success and became classic examples of the globalization of the film industry. This proposed study of the wuxia genre is divided into 2 stages as follows – I. The initial stage: studying the evolving generic features of th . . .
Project Start Year: 2011, Principal Investigator(s): YU, Kwan Wai Eric 余君偉
Travel, Ethics, and Genre: Emily Hahn's Travel Writings (funded by National Science Council).
The object of this study is the travel writing in four books by Emily Hahn (1905-1997), “a great lost American literary treasure,” according to The New Yorker. This project includes two different and yet ultimately related aspects. One is the so-called “ethics of travel,” a term borrowed from Syed Manzurul Islam, which encompasses two different dimensions. The first focuses on the moral difficulties and ethical challenges facing the traveling subject when encountering a very different culture. W . . .
Project Start Year: 2010, Principal Investigator(s): YU, Kwan Wai Eric 余君偉
Popular Film Genres, Cultural Translation and Guilty Pleasures: Studies in Hitman and Undercover Films (funded by National Science Council).
This is a two-year project on gangster and crime films, focusing on hitman films and undercover films respectively. The main object of enquiry is Asian films, particularly Hong Kong productions, with an emphasis on cross-cultural contacts and generic exchange. The hitman and the undercover agent are two of the most marginal figures in the gangster and crime genre. As members of the gang world, they are feared and despised by the public and may try to hide their true identities in front of ordina . . .
Project Start Year: 2008, Principal Investigator(s): YU, Kwan Wai Eric 余君偉
The Tourist, the Flaneur, and Self-Reflexivity in Travel Literature: A Theoretical Enquiry (funded by National Science Council).
The “tourist” and the “traveler” is a pair of important binary opposites in travel culture. The former is imbued with such derogatory meanings as superficiality, routines, and mass consumptions, while the latter implies adventures, individuality, cultivation, and growth or enlightenment through traveling. This distinction is more a matter of how an individual traveler makes sense of the meaning of one’s own travel than of objectivity reality. In his sociological study of tourism, John Urry h . . .
Project Start Year: 2007, Principal Investigator(s): YU, Kwan Wai Eric 余君偉