Theory Research Seminar

The Theory Research Seminar provides a forum for researchers attached to the Bakhtin Centre and from elsewhere to present their work. Although many, if not most, papers in the series have to date focused on Bakhtin and the Bakhtin Circle, this is not a requirement: papers on other aspects of critical and cultural theory are welcome.

Autumn 2017/18

Lorraine Wong

Linguistic Nationalism and its Discontents: Soviet Latinization and Chinese Latinization in Comparative Perspective

4.15pm, Tuesday 14 October 2017

The Diamond, Meeting Room 1.

Dr. Lorraine Wong is Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the Department of Languages and Cultures at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She received her BA in English from the University of Hong Kong, MPhil in Sociology from Cambridge University and Ph.D in Comparative Literature from New York University. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary Chinese literature in the global context as well as language politics within and across China. She has published in both English and Chinese. Her work appears in Literature Compass, City on the Edge: Hong Kong, China, Boundaries and Borderland, and Journal of Hangzhou Normal University. Currently she is working on a book tentatively entitled Script and Revolution in China’s Long Twentieth Century, which explores how Soviet language policy and theory, developed in and through the transformation of the Russian Empire into the federalized Soviet system, was engaged and altered by Chinese language workers and literary theorists in relation to China’s particular situation amidst the worldwide struggles of anti-colonial nationalism.