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Dr Xiaofan Amy Li
G08
16-18 Gordon Square
London
Appointment
  • Lecturer in Comparative Cultural Studies
  • SELCS
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Role
UCL Subsidiary Supervisor
Biography

After completing undergraduate studies in French and Art History at the University of Edinburgh and l'Ecole du Louvre, Paris, my interests turned to Comparative Literature and I earned my MPhil and PhD at Queens' College, Cambridge. From 2013-2016 I did post-doctoral research as Junior Research Fellow in Comparative Literature & Translation at St Anne's College, Oxford. Prior to joining UCL, I held positions at the University of Kent and in the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures at SOAS. In 2019 I was Visiting Scholar in French & Comparative Studies at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.

Research Summary

My research spans comparisons and exchanges between France, China, and East Asia more broadly speaking. Comparison - as a relation, concept, and method - is central to my work and I’m particularly interested in cross-cultural, cross-period, and transnational comparisons. These comparisons are treated in my first book Comparative Encounters between Artaud, Michaux and the Zhuangzi (Oxford: Legenda, 2015), which re-reads two sinophilic French writers and the imaginative classical Chinese text Zhuangzi through their intertextual, poetic, and conceptual dialogues. After my first book I continue to write about theories and methods of Comparative and World Literature, and have been exploring literary and intellectual exchanges between France and East Asia since the early twentieth century, in particular via literary translation and modern receptions. In 2019 I published a book, co-authored with my colleagues Jieun Kiaer and Jennifer Guest, entitled Translation and Literature in East Asia: Between Visibility and Invisibility (Routledge), which reconsiders the notion of translational (in)visibility when translating between and from East Asian languages and literatures. Currently I am working on a project that examines play and risk in literature and cultural phenomena. I also have a keen interest in poetry, race and ethnicity, cultural representations, and intersections between anthropology and literature.

I am commissioning co-editor of the books series 'Routledge Studies in East Asian Translation'. Previously (from 2014-2015), I edited the Oxford Comparative Criticism & Translation Review (OCCTR).

Teaching Summary

I teach a range of courses and topics covering Comparative Literature, French literature, 20C China, and Translation Studies.



Appointments
01-SEP-2019 Lecturer in Comparative Cultural Studies    , United Kingdom
Academic Background
2014   Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
2010   Master of Philosophy University of Cambridge
2009   Master of Arts (Hons) University of Edinburgh
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