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Zhange Ni

Zhange Ni, Associate Professor

Zhange Ni, Associate Professor
Zhange Ni, Associate Professor

Department of Religion and Culture
205 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-1823 |

Zhange Ni is an associate professor in the Department of Religion and Culture. 

  • Religion and literature
  • Critical theory and cultural criticism
  • Secularism and religion-making in East Asia
  • Transnational youth culture
  • Women and gender studies 
  • Ph.D. in Religion and Literature, University of Chicago Divinity School
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Modern Language Association


The Pagan Writes Back: When World Religion Meets World Literature (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015).

Journal Articles

“Reading in the Postsecular World,” in Susan M. Felch, ed., Cambridge Companion to Literature and Religion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), 51–67.

“Strange Paradise: Wrestling with the Golem and Double Idolatry in Cynthia Ozick’s Puttermesser Papers,” Literature and Theology29 no.1 (2015): 66–85.

“Making Religion, Making the New Woman: Reading Su Xuelin’s Autobiographical Novel Jixin (Thorny Heart),” in Ping Yao, Jinghua Jia, and Xiaofei Kang, eds., Gendering Chinese Religions (New York: SUNY Press, 2014), 71–99.

“Japan’s Orient and Animal Theology in Shūsaku Endō’s Deep River,” The Journal of American Academy of Religion 81, no. 3 (2013): 669–697.

  • The Child & the Sovereign: Religion, Violence, and Transnational Youth Culture (book project sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences summer stipend, 2015, 2016)

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