Concordia University

Dr. Lian Duan, Ph.D

Senior Lecturer and Coordinator in Chinese, Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics

Office: S-FB 1030-19 
Faubourg Building,
1250 Guy
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2488


A senior lecturer in Chinese at Concordia since 2004, LianDuan holds two Ph.D. degrees in Chinese literature and art education. He taughtat Sichuan University in China in the late 1980s, and taught at WilliamsCollege and State University of New York at Albany among other colleges in theUnited States from 1998 to 2004. He also taught at the University of Vienna in2017.

He has published extensively on art and literature,including 15 books in Chinese. His most recent publications include a monographentitled Visual Culture: a Semiotic Studyof Art History and Contemporary Art (2018) and a translation from MiekeBal, Semiotics of Narrative: Essays inVisual Analysis (2017). He is currently working on two writing projects inEnglish and Chinese respectively: (1) "Semiotics for Art History:Reinterpreting the Development of Chinese Landscape Painting" (somechapters have been published and/or presented at international conferences) and(2) "Narratology and Modern Chinese Literature: Lectures at Concordia andVienna" (based on his teaching). 

His research interest covers Chinese literature, art,critical theory, visual culture, and teaching Chinese as a second language, aswell as translation theory and practice.

Offering his professional service, he evaluated part of the Chineseversion of "Museum Guide" for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NewYork, and also proof-read and edited the Chinese translations of "TourGuide" for the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York, theNational Gallery, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

In addition, he also supervises the Concordia Summer StudyAbroad Program in China (Nanjing University, Zhejiang University, BeijingForeign Studies University, and currently Communication University of China,Beijing).


Ph.D. in art education, Concordia University, Montreal, 2006- 2012

Ph.D. in Chinese literary theory, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, 2004-2007

Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in Chinese literature, East Asian Studies, McGill U, 1995-1999

MA in art history (incomplete), Concordia University, 2004-2006

MA in art education, Concordia University, 1991-1995

MA in comparative literature, Chinese Department, Shaanxi Normal U, Xi’an, 1983-1986

BA in Chinese language and literature, Shanxi Normal U, Linfen, 1978-1982


LTA (June 2004-June 2007)

ETA (June 2007-June 2012)

Senior lecturer (since June 2012)

My first book, a translation of Peter Fuller, Art And Psychoanalysis, published in 1988.
My first book on postmodern and contemporary art, published in 1998.
My book on classical Chinese literature, based on my Ph.D. dissertation, published in 2009.

Teaching activities

MCHI 200 Introduction to Modern Chinese I
MCHI 306 Introduction to Translation
MCHI 310 Modern Chinese Literature
MCHI 311 Classical Chinese Literature
MCHI 360 Chinese Culture Foundation
MCHI 366 Chinese Visual Culture (art History)

Participation activities

Conference presentations

“The Peircean Order ofSignification and Its Encoding System in the Formation of Chinese LandscapePainting.” The 40th Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society ofAmerica, Pittsburgh, USA, October 3, 2015.

“The Saussurean Signand the Re-Definition of Chinese Landscape Painting.” The First InternationalSymposium on Culture and Communication Semiotics, Chengdu, China, July 4, 2015.

"Contemporary Chinese Art: Responses to Western Influence," presented at the symposium of Chinese American Art Faculty Association, William Patterson University, New Jersey, November 8, 2014. The paper is to be published in 2014.

“Making Sense of the Texts: a personal experience teaching Chinese literature at North-American universities,” presented at triennial national conference of comparative literature, Fudan University, Shanghai, August 10, 2011. The paper was included in the collection of the conference papers, published 2013.

“Western Influences on Chinese Education in Visual Culture,” presented at the National Art Education annual conference, Seattle, March 18, 2011. The paper was published thereafter.

“A 13th-Century Chinese Landscape Motif in the 18th-Century Japanese Erotic Prints,” presented at the conference “Popular Print Culture: Past, Present, Local, Global” at University of Alberta, Edmonton. August 27-30, 2008. The paper was published thereafter.

Selected publications

Books (in Chinese)


Selected articles (in English)



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