Yueling Ji

Cohort Year: 2016
Research Interests: Modern Chinese Literature
Education: BA: Renmin University of China, 2013 MA: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015


My dissertation is titled A History of Style: Literary Criticism in Cold War China. It studies the history and methodology of Chinese literary criticism with the aim of understanding the concept of "style" in literature. It also shows the transregional networks that shaped literary criticism in the Cold War era: the Soviet influence on Chinese socialist literary theory, on the one hand, and the impact of United States public diplomacy on literary studies in Hong Kong and Taiwan, on the other. More broadly, I have studied gender, sexuality, Sino-Soviet relations, and modern writing about ancient China. I am a dissertation completion residential fellow at the Franke Institute for the Humanities this year.