James A. Flath
PhD, University of British Columbia, 2000
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84989
Office: Lawson Hall 2234
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:30am
Professor Flath’s research focuses on Chinese print and popular culture, and on Chinese architectural heritage.
Major Research Projects
"My writing focuses on visual and material culture. My first monograph, The Cult of Happiness, looks at the world of the North China village through the medium of folk print (nianhua), and I’ve expanded on that theme through several additional articles. My second field is in museums, monuments and heritage conservation sites. My second monograph, Traces of the Sage, studies China’s principal monument to Confucius – Kong Temple in the sage’s hometown of Qufu. With the completion of that study I have begun to study the effect of natural and manmade disaster on Chinese architectural heritage."
Traces of the Sage: Monument, Materiality, and the First Temple of Confucius ‘Spatial Habitus: Making and Meaning in Asia’s Vernacular Architecture’ (University of Hawai`i Press, March 2016)
(with Norman Smith, eds) Beyond Suffering: Recounting War in Modern China (UBC Press, 2011).
The Cult of Happiness: Nianhua, Art and History in Rural North China (UBC Press, 2004).
The Cult of Happiness received the 2005/06 Raymond Klibansky Prize for the best Canadian English language scholarly work in the humanities
- "China Resists: Humen and the Origins of 'Modern China'" in Marc Matten (ed.) Sites of Memory in China (Leiden University Press, 2011)
- "Setting Moon and Rising Nationalism: Lugou Bridge as Monument and Memory." Formerly published article reprinted in James Flath and Norman Smith (eds) Beyond Suffering: Recounting War in Modern China (UBC Press, 2011)
- “Crack: Beichuan in Ruins”, Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 11(2) 2017, 239-62
- ‘Social Themes in Yangliuqing Nianhua of the 1930s’ Arts Asiatiques, 66, 2012.
- "Reading the Text of the House: domestic ritual configuration through print." In Ronald Knapp, ed., House, Home, Family (University of Hawaii Press, 2005).
- "Temple Fairs and the Republican State in North China." In Twentieth Century China 30:1 (2004).
- "It’s a Wonderful Life”: Nianhua and Yuefenpai at the Dawn of the People’s Republic." In Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 16: 2 (2004).
- "The Chinese Railroad View: Transportation Themes in Popular Print, 1873-1915." In Cultural Critique 58:3 (2004).
- "Setting Moon and Rising Nationalism: Lugou Bridge as Monument and Memory." In International Journal of Heritage Studies 10: 2 (2004).
- "Managing Historical Capital in Shandong: Museum, Monument and Memory in Provincial China." In The Public Historian 24:2 (2002).
Nianhua Gallery:A Study of Chinese Folk Art https://history.uwo.ca/nianhua/