Oxford China Centre Lecture: Sensory Literary Studies

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In her research, Astrid Møller-Olsen employs a framework of sensory literary studies to explore the connections between memory and materiality in contemporary Sinophone fiction from Taipei, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Dr Møller-Olsen engages with themes of scented nostalgia, flavours in fiction, walking as method, literary cartography, the melody of language, gendered cityscapes, metafictional dreams and rhythmic senses of time to study how contemporary cities change the way we think about time, space and memory. In this talk, she will introduce her ideas for sensory literary scholarship and present a few textual examples of what such sensorially focused, thematical comparisons might bring to light. In particular, she will examine how memories taste and how various (un)healthy appetites regulate recollection as a technology of the self in Dorothy Tse and Hon Lai Chu’s novel A Dictionary of Two Cities (雙城辭典) from 2012, in Ding, Liying’s novel The Woman in the Clock (时钟里的女人) from 2001, and in Chu, Tien-hsin’s novella The Old Capital (古都) from 1996.
Period2021 feb. 25
VidUniversity of Oxford China Centre, Storbritannien

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