Xian Wang is an Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature in the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Her research and teaching interests encompass modern Chinese literature and film, popular culture, gender studies, and cultural theory. Her current book project, Flesh and Stone: Competing Narratives of Female Martyrdom from Late Imperial to Contemporary China, examines the narratives and the evolving meanings of female sacrifice, explores the shift from female chaste martyrs to revolutionary female martyrs, and considers how the advocacy of female martyrdom shapes and problematizes state ideologies. Xian Wang is a fellow with the Liu Institute for Asian Studies. She also serves as an Associate Editor of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture.