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Renfang Tang

Dr Renfang Tang

Lecturer in Chinese Studies

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of Modern Languages


  • PGDip (University of Hull)
  • PhD (University of Hull)


Programme Director for Chinese Studies/ Module Leader for Gender and Sexuality in Chinese Cinema and Literature/ Module Leader for Chinese Language 4, 5 and 6.

Dr Renfang Tang is currently Co-Programme Director for Chinese Studies at the University of Hull. Renfang joined the University as a full-time lecturer in June 2019. Before that she taught languages (English, Chinese) and cultures for 18 years in Chinese universities. Renfang obtained a PhD from Drama of the University of Hull in 2016.

Renfang is currently teaching /leading the following modules at the undergrauduate level:

1. Chinese Language 5&6 (Year 4 );

2. Module Leader for Chinese Language 3&4 (Year 2).

3. Introduction to East Asian Popular Culture

4. Chinese Arts: Forms and Aesthetics

5. Presenting and Representing the Past

6. Gender and Sexulaity in Chinese Cinema and Literature

Research interests

Renfang's research areas include comparative and intercultural theatre studies, Chinese Shakespeare performance, drama translation, Chinese cinema and theatre.

Renfang is a specialist in Drama with a focus on Shakespeare and Chinese Theatre. Her PhD dissertation is on adaptations and performances of Shakespeare in Chinese theatrical genres and Chinese languages. She is the published author of many academic articles, book chapters and the editor of books. Renfang has presented her research findings at international conferences in Paris, Shanghai, University of Warwick, Vancouver, Stockholm and Rome.

Postgraduate supervision

Shakespeare in China

Cross Gender Performance in Traditional Chinese Operas

Translating Chinese Drama: From Page to Stage

Gender and Sexuality in Chinese Cinema

Teaching Mandarin Chinese as a Second Language: Curriculum and Pedagogy

Awards and prizes

University of Hull Conference Presentation Fund

2015 - 2015

Graduate Student Travel Award of the Forty-Third Annual Meeting of Shakespeare Association of America

2015 - 2015

Glynne Wickham Scholarship

2015 - 2015

Chinese Student Award of the Great Britain-China Educational Trust

2015 - 2015

University of Hull International PhD Fee Bursaries

2012 - 2015

Sino-British Fellowship Trust Research Grant

2012 - 2015

Scholarship role

Visiting Scholar at the University of Leeds

2011 - 2012

Completed a research project on the topic: Music in Shakespeare