TAN E.K. Tan is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies in the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in October 2007. His areas of interest include Modern Chinese and Sinophone Literature, Cinema, and Culture, Comparative Literature, Southeast Asian studies, Diaspora studies, and theories of Cultural Translation, Postcolonialism, Globalization, Transnationalism, and Cinema. His first book Rethinking Chineseness: Transnational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World examines the relationship between the Nanyang Chinese, their original homelands (Borneo, Malaysia and Singapore), and their imaginary homeland (China) through the works of writers such as Kuo Pao Kun (郭寶崑), Zhang Guixing (張貴興) and Vyvyane Loh(羅惠賢). The manuscript identifies the methods with which these writers have reclaimed a sense of belonging to their homelands by destabilizing the notion of Chineseness. It argues that, as a Sinophone culture, the Nanyang Chinese identity is translatable, translational and relational as it traverses between the local and the global. My next project, Queer Homecoming in Sinophone Visual Culture, proposes the concept of “queer homecoming” as a critical intervention to the normative patrilineal kinship structure in Sinophone societies defined by traditional family values, such as those of Confucianism. Queer homecoming as intervention enables the articulations of alternative kinship structures in mainstream cultural expressions to destabilize the fixity of the myth of consanguinity among Sinophone communities.


2007 Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Appointed to Stony Brook in Cultural Analysis and Theory, 2007.

Prof. Tan's CV


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CAT Colloquium Series

Graduate Student Colloquium

 26 March 2014 

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Marvels & Monsters: A Symposium on Asian Images in Comics and Graphic Narratives

23 April 2014

 Q/F/T Inaugural Lecture, Heather Love " Queer Method and the Postwar History of Sexuality Studies"

23 April 2014 


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Brooke Belisle, a 2013 New Faculty Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies will join the department next year. "Click here for more information"

New MA/PhD in Women's and Gender Studies

The Department is pleased to announce that the new MA/PhD program in Women's and Gender Studies has received official certification.  "Click here for more information"


Raiford Guins new book "Game After" will be published in February 2014 with MIT Press.

Victoria Hesford's new book "Feeling Women's Liberation" was published with Duke University Press in June.


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February 2014

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