Qian was professor of Chinese literature at Peking University until his retirement in 2002. He is a leading proponent of May Fourth humanism in post-Mao literary and cultural criticism. The political discrimination and social exclusion that he suffered during the Cultural Revolution motivated his interest in Lu Xun’s form of criticism.
- Qian, Liqun. ‘The historical fate of Lu Xun in today’s China.” TODD W. Frontiers of Literary Studies in China. 7.4 (Dec 2013): 529-540
- Qian, Liqun. ‘The way our generation imagines the world.” Zhang, Jingyuan. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies. 6.4 (Dec 2005): 523-545.
Collections and Book Chapters
- Qian, Liqun. “What do we lack, how shall we face: preface of ‘Textbook on Humanistic Literacy’.” Ma Xiaoping. Chinese research perspectives on educational development, volume 2. Ed. Yang, Dongping. Leiden, The Netherlands; Boston, Mass.: Brill, 2014. 254-258.
- Qian, Liqun. “Refusing to forget.” Trans. Cheng, Eileen. One China, Many Paths. Wang, Chaohua. London; New York: Verso, 2003. 292-309.
Translations on Web Sources
- Qian, Liqun. “Cultural Revolution : Coming to grips with a checkered legacy.” Interview. Korea Joongang Daily 18 September 2012. Web.
- Qian, Liqun., et al. “China: The democracy movement since 1989.” Trans. Oiwan Lam. Global Voices. 19 May 2009. Web.