Li-Wei Lin




MA in Comparative Literature

Current Study:

PhD in Comparative Literature

Research Topic:

Postcolonial Literaure

Research Interests:

Narrative theories, Travel writing, Gender studies

Title of Dissertation:

The Pinkerton Myth: East Asia's Desire for the West

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Review of the Japanese drama We Married as a Job!

Cherish Watton recently published an insightful piece on the representation of gender dynamics in the ITV historical drama, Victoria. Although I have not yet watched the drama, Cherish argues that Victoria is a nostalgic work rather than a historical documentary. In other words, the compromised representation of Queen Victoria as...


Edible Nostalgia: QingTian 76 and Taiwanese History

The historical attraction Qing Tian 76 derives its name from the location, No.6, Lane 7, Qingtian Street. The wayōsecchu (和洋折衷)architectural style is a style characterised by its combination of Japanese and Western architectural elements, commonly found during the Meiji period (1868-1912). Today, wayōsecchu hardly seems new to us who live...


One Man’s Bible Revisited

In my previous article, I reviewed Gao Xingjiang’s semi-autobiographical novel, One Man’s Bible, with a psychoanalytic approach, focusing on the concept of trauma and recovery. To some extent, Western readers are most likely to sympathize with this interpretation as it implicitly presupposes a neo-liberal humanist stance, which has been a...

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One Man’s Bible

In my previous post, I wrote a brief analysis of the traumatic mechanism in Alain Resnais’ and Marguerite Duras’ Hiroshima Mon Amour . This post will continue to explore another traumatic experience displayed in Gao Xingjian’s One Man’s Bible (1999) . The comparison between the two will further clarify the operation...


The Repressed Always Returns: Trauma, Body, and Recovery

Dominik Lacapra, an intellectual historian, has written extensively on the representation of trauma in the Holocaust and in historical writing.  While trauma is often conceived as a psychological experience, this article, by revoking the term coined by Freud, intends to draw readers’ attention to body memory, especially the abuse of...


Blog Launch – A Multidisciplinary History Blog Project

On Wednesday, December 10, the HTTP (History to the Public) blog was officially launched during our first meeting at UCL. Together as a team, we finally met each other face-to-face and began to discuss our goals for this project. As students from various countries, disciplines, backgrounds, and universities we hope...