Dr. James Wicks, an associate professor of literature and film studies, grew up in Taiwan and teaches World Cinema and Postcolonial Literature. He has two books: Transnational Representations: The State of Taiwan Film in the 1960s and 1970s (HKUP, 2014) and An Annotated Bibliography of Taiwan Film Studies (Columbia UP, April 2016) that he co-authored with Columbia University librarians Jim Cheng and Sachie Noguchi.
- Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
- M.A., Oregon State University
- B.A., Oregon State University
- American Writers I – LIT 256
- World Cinema – LIT 351
- Postcolonial Literature – LIT 448
- World Cinema Auteurs: Kurosawa, Bergman, Scorsese – COM 490
- Film Adaptation – LIT 200
- Sundance Film Festival – COM 490
- World Literature – LIT 350
- World Drama and Poetry – LIT 361
- Introduction to the Study of Literature – LIT 250
- Masterpieces of World Literature – LIT 200
- First-year Composition – WRI 110, WRI 115, WRI 116
Experience in Field
- Associate Professor of Literature and Film Studies, Point Loma Nazarene University, September 2009 – present
Professional and Community Involvement
- Film Presenter: San Diego Asian Film Festival: Nov. 9 – 11 2013, Nov. 7 – 9 2014, Nov. 6 – 8, 2015, Nov. 5 – 6, 2016
- Co-organizer: San Diego Asian Film Festival, Taiwan Film Showcase. Nov. 2 – 4, 2012
- Co-organizer: UCSD Taiwan Film Festival, Presented by the UCSD Taiwan Studies Lecture Series, May 4 – 8, 2009
Awards and Honors
- Taiwan Ministry of Education “2011 Faculty Research Grant for Taiwan Studies Scheme” Recipient, 2011
- Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Recipient, 2009 – 2010
Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications
- Transnational Representations: The State of Taiwan Film in the 1960s and 1970s. Hong Kong University Press, 2014.
- An Annotated Bibliography of Taiwan Film Studies. Co-authored with Jim Cheng & Sachie Noguchi. Columbia University Press, 2016.
- “Love in the Time of Industrialization: Representations of Nature in Li Hanxiang’s The Winter (1969).” In Journal of Taiwan Literary Studies 17 (2013): 81-102.
- “Gender Negotiation in Song Cunshou’s Story of Mother and Taiwan Cinema of the Early 1970s.” In A Companion to Chinese Cinema, ed. Yingjin Zhang (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 118-132.
- “Projecting a State That Does Not Exist: Bai Jingrui’s Jia zai Taibei/ Home Sweet Home” In Journal of Chinese Cinemas 4 (2010): 15-26.
- “Two Stage Brothers: Tracing a Common Heritage in Early Films by Xie Jin and Li Xing.” In Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 21 (2009): 174-212.
- “The Antithesis of What We Might Expect”: Viewing The Assassin in the New Punk Cinema Tradition.” June 29, 2016. Academia Sinica, Taipei.
- “Recent Taiwan Films: Currencies & Circulations.” Symposium: “Taiwan Cinema: Yesterday and Today” & Book Release: An Annotated Bibliography for Taiwan Film Studies. April 21, 2016. Columbia University, New York.
- “Sympathetic Portrayals in a Sea of Anti-Japanese War Films: Café Lumière and Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles” Association for Asian Studies Conference. April 1, 2016, Seattle.
- “A State of Transition in Taiwan: Bai Jingrui’s Home Sweet Home (Bai, 1970).” 2015 Literature and Film Festival of Southern California, Literature and Heritage Series no.4: “When The East Meets the West :Taiwan Film in Retrospect.” May 1, 2015. University of Southern California, Los Angeles.