Lenny (Lingyi) Hu came to the United States in 1986 to pursue his graduate study in English literature. Later he went to Canada to study comparative literature and Chinese literature and culture, and earned his Ph.D. from the Department of East Asian Studies of the University of Toronto.
His dissertation is on the erotic works of the Ming dynasty. Since then his teaching appointments have taken him to Canada, China, and the U.S. He taught American literature and twentieth-century Western literary theory at Hebei University, and Chinese literature in translation and history of modern China, respectively, at the University of Toronto, Skidmore College, and now, Norwich University. He is also an experienced language instructor, having taught Chinese language ranging from beginning to advanced levels at the University of Illinois (Springfield), the University of British Columbia, and the University of Toronto. He is currently teaching Chinese language and modern literature courses at Norwich University, serving as an interim Chinese program director.
His research interest is mainly in Ming literature, especially fiction and drama. He has written more than twenty articles on Jin Ping Mei (Plum in the Golden Vase) and on other novels and novellas. And, he has published three books in English; in 2004, In the Inner Quarters (co-written with R.W.L. Guisso) won the Independent Publisher Award for the category of erotic works in the USA. Before coming to the United States to study, he was a translator in China; one of his works is a translation of Philip Roth’s Goodbye, Columbus into Chinese.
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