Dr Lin Feng (冯琳)

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Lecturer in Film Studies

Dr Lin Feng

Department: History of Art and Film

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 5128

Email: lf176@leicester.ac.uk

Office: Room 1706, Attenborough Tower

Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Personal details


I received my PhD in Film Studies from the University of Nottingham. I am currently serving as Director of Studies of History of Art and Film. Before I joined Leicester as a Lecturer in Film Studies in 2017, I taught at the University of Hull and was the founding programme director of Chinese Studies. I have a broad range of research interests in the areas of Chinese film history, transnational cinemas, cinematic cities, star studies, genre studies, East Asian popular culture, representation and reception of East Asia in Anglophone cinemas.


  • Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy
  • PhD in Film Studies, University of Nottingham
  • MA in American Studies, University of Nottingham
  • MSc in International Business, Aston University



  • Renegotiating Film Genres in East Asian Cinemas and Beyond, co-edited with James Aston (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
  • Chow Yun-fat and Territories of Hong Kong Stardom (Edinburgh University Press, 2017)

Journal articles

  • 'Online Video Sharing, an Alternative Channel for Film Distribution? Copyright Enforcement, Censorship, and Chinese Independent Cinema', Chinese Journal of Communication (November 2016): 1-16
  • '"I’m Ugly but Gentle": Performing Xiaorenwu in Chinese Comedies during the Post-Mao Era', Transnational Cinemas 5.2 (2014): 127-140.
  • 'Globalising Chinese Stardom: Internet Publicity and the Construction of Chow Yun-fat’s Transnational Stardom', Transnational Cinemas 2.1 (2011): 77-91
  • 'Star Endorsement and Hong Kong Cinema: The Social Mobility of Chow Yun-fat 1986-1995' Journal of Chinese Cinemas 5.3 (2011): 269-281

Book chapters

  • 'The Sound of Chinese Urban Cinema: Multilingualism and the Re-Globalization of Shanghai in the 1990s' in Chinese Cinema: Identity, Power, and Globalization, ed. Jeffrey Kyong-McClain, Jingjing Chang and Russell Meeuf (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, forthcoming)
  • 'Old Shanghai and Film Noir Cross Over', in Renegotiating Film Genres in East Asian Cinemas and Beyond, ed. Lin Feng and James Aston. (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), 217-246
  • 'Crossroads' in Directory of World Cinema: China 2, ed. Gary Bettinson (Intellect, 2014): 124-128
  • 'Translocal Imagination of Hong Kong Connections: The Shifting of Chow Yun-fat’s Star Image Since 1997' in East Asian Film Stars, ed. Andy Willis and Leung Wing-Fai (Palgrave, 2014): 113-137
  • 'The Good, Bad and Ugly: Performing Whiteness in the Chinese Propaganda Cinema 1949-1976' in Image of Whiteness, ed. Clarissa Behar and Anastasia Chung (Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013): 55-65.
  • 'Chow Yun-fat: Hong Kong's Modern TV Xiaosheng' in Chinese Film Stars, ed. Yingjin Zhang and Mary Farquhar (Routledge, 2010): 196-206.

Reports, film reviews, and press articles

  • 'Sketching a Dazzling Sun: A Film Review of Maples (dir. Zhang Yi, 1980)', Chinese Independent Cinema Observer. Forthcoming.
  • 'The Development and Planning of Filmic Tourism' [in Chinese] The Paper, co-written with Jiaying Cai, July 2019, Available at: https://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_3937887 [excerption from a cultural policy report 'The Development of Shanghai’s Cultural Industry: Learning from New York’s Urban Culture Experience']
  • 'Making Them English: The Screen Charisma of British Male Stars and Discourse of Social Class' [in Chinese], Iris, no.104, December 2017, 4-13.

Book reviews

  • Transnational Stardom: International Celebrity in Film and Popular Culture, ed. Russell Meeuf and Raphael Raphael (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), Celebrity Studies (2016): 1-3
  • Lost in Translation: Orientalism, Cinema, and the Enigmatic Signifier, by Homay King (Duke University Press, 2010) and Theorizing Bruce Lee: Film-Fantasy-Fighting-Philosophy, by Paul Bowman (Rodopi, 2010), Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies 24 (2012)
  • Mabel Cheung Yuen-Ting’s An Autumn’s Tale, by Stacilee Ford (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2008) and John Woo’s The Killer, by Kenneth E. Hall (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2009), Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies 20 (2011)
  • Yellow Future: Oriental Style in Hollywood Cinema, by Jane Chi Hyun Park (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010), Journal of American Studies 45.2 (2011): 404-405

Reference entries

  • 'Crossroads' in Directory of World Cinema: China 2, edited by Gary Bettinson (Bristol: Intellect, 2014), 124-128.
  • 'Chow Yun-fat' in Directory of World Cinema: China, edited by Gary Bettinson (Bristol: Intellect, 2012), 34-38.


I am currently working on a research project of cinematic Shanghai. This project tackles the question of how location filming becomes an agency between the cinematic imaginary of Shanghai’s urban space and the city’s effort to reclaim its cosmopolitan legacy since the 1990s.


Currently I am convening and teaching the following modules:

  • HA2429 Film Production
  • HA2433 Film, Reception and Consumption
  • HA3436 Stardom and Identities in Chinese and American Cinemas
  • HA3427 New Chinese Cinemas
  • HA3401 Dissertation (UG)
  • HA7200 and HA7205 MA Dissertation

I have previously taught and contributed to following modules:

  • HA1007 Reading Film
  • HA1115 Film and Art: The Academic Study and Workplace
  • HA1201 Introduction to Film History I
  • HA1224 and HA1324 American Film and Visual Culture
  • HA2030 and HA2330 Researching World Cinema
  • HA2434 Documentary Film and Television
  • HA7203 Textual Analysis
  • HA7204 American Cinema


I welcome inquiries and proposals from prospective PhD students in any areas related to my research interests. This includes but is not limited to:

  • History of Chinese-language cinemas (Hong Kong, Mainland Chinese, Taiwan)
  • Film politics and policies of Chinese-language cinemas
  • Diasporic and Sinophone cinemas
  • Transnational film culture
  • International filmmaking and coproduction
  • Cinematic cities
  • Star studies
  • Genre studies
  • Representation and reception of East Asian in Anglophone cinemas and popular culture
  • East Asian popular cinemas and film culture

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