Participants and Organizers

image 3Mingwei Song is Associate Professor of Chinese at Wellesley College. His research interests include modern Chinese literature, youth culture, science fiction, and posthuman studies. He is the author of Young China: National Rejuvenation and the Bildungsroman, 1900-1959 (Harvard, 2015). Since 2010, his research has focused on science fiction studies. He has published dozens of articles, essays, and reviews on the topic in English and Chinese (some translated into German and French). He is the co-editor of The Reincarnated Giant: Twenty-first Century Chinese Science Fiction (Columbia, 2018), and he is, also, completing a new monograph about the new wave of Chinese science fiction.


image 2Kate Marshall is associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, where she also serves on the faculty of the history and philosophy of science. She is the author of Corridor: Media Architectures in American Fiction (2013), and articles on technology, media, and narrative. She is co-editor of the Post45 book series at Stanford University Press and is on the collective’s editorial board. Her current book project, Novels by Aliens, is a study of the desire for nonhuman narration in contemporary literature and theory, and traces its history in the old, weird American fiction of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


image 1Jing Tsu, a new Guggenheim Fellow, is a literary scholar and cultural historian of modern China at Yale University. She is the first person to be tenured and become Professor of Chinese Literature and Comparative Literature at Yale, and author of four books (two co-edited). She is currently writing a new book about how China entered the IT era, The Kingdom of Characters: Language Wars and China’s Rise to Global Power, a remarkable tale that uncovers what happened to the Chinese script in the age of the Western alphabet (under contract with Riverhead at Penguin Random House). Her research spans literature, linguistics, science and technology, typewriting and digitalization, diaspora studies, migration, nationalism, and theories of globalization, and she has written for The New York Times.


Chu.jpgSeo-Young Chu is Associate Professor of English at Queens College, CUNY. She is the author of Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep? A Science-Fictional Theory of Representation (Harvard UP). Her other work has appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, MELUS, A New Literary History of America, The Emily Dickinson Journal, Science Fiction Studies, Entropy, Kartika Review, Telos, The Asian American Literary Review, and Asian American Literature in Transition, Volume 4 (Cambridge UP). Her current projects include granting legal personality to the Korean DMZ and investigating Korea as the square root of a negative country.


John Plotz  is Professor of English at Brandeis University and President of the Society for Novel Studies. His books include The Crowd: British Literature and Public Politics (2000), Portable Property: Victorian Culture on the Move (2008), and Semi-Detached: The Aesthetics of Virtual Experience since Dickens (Princeton, 2017) as well as a children’s book, Time and the Tapestry: A William Morris Adventure. He is editor of the B-Sides feature in Public Books. His recent work on Doris Lessing, Ursula Le Guin and Richard Jefferies will form part of “Nonhuman Being,” a study of the post-Darwinian origins of naturalism, prose fantasy and science fiction. In 2018-19 he will be a Fellow at the Newhouse Humanities Center at Wellesley College.



Brandeis Novel Symposium: Part of the Mandel Humanities Center

Planning Board

John Plotz (Chair, English)

Ulka Anjaria (English)

Jerónimo Arellano (Romance Studies)

Robin Feuer Miller (German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literature)

Eugene Sheppard (Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)

David Sherman (English)

Ramie Targoff (ex officio, Director of the Mandel Center for the Humanities)

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