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Cynthia Wong, PhD

Cynthia F. Wong

Associate Professor


Office Location: 1061 Ninth Street Park, Room 202

Phone: 303-556-8522

Fax: 303-556-2959

Office hours: T 9:45-10:45 or by appointment

Areas of Expertise: Modern and contemporary world literature, narratives of Antarctic polar exploration, narrative theory

Education and Degrees

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

MA, University of Chicago

BA, University of the Pacific


Born in Hong Kong and raised in San Francisco, Cynthia Wong studied Psychology and English as an undergraduate at the University of the Pacific and medieval and modern literature at Chicago. Her doctoral education in the Modern Studies program at the University of Wisconsin paved her academic work in American ethnic literature, modern British literature, and poststructuralist theory.

She is recognized as one of the key North American scholars of British author Kazuo Ishiguro. Her research interests also include world literature, Antarctic exploration narratives, and literature of food.

She is completing her first creative non-fiction book, Grace in Antarctica: Travel and Mourning, about her journey to the coldest continent following the death of her husband, poet Vance Crummett.

Select Publications

Literary Conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro, co-edited with Brian Shaffer (2008)

Writers and Their Work: Kazuo Ishiguro (1st edition 2000; 2nd expanded edition 2005)

"Asymmetries: Narratives of Loss and Forgiveness in the Novels of Amy Tan" (2008)

Courses Taught

Contemporary World Literature

Major Authors: Nobel Authors

International Perspectives: Contemporary Japanese Literature and Film

20th Century Women Writers

Special Topics: Literature of Food