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2015-2019 Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literary Studies: University of Warwick (GB)

Chinese Scholarship Council-Warwick Joint Ph.D. Scholarship

Supervisor: Dr. Ross Forman Mentor: Dr. Chantal Wright

2014-2015 MA (Merit) in English Literature - Victorian Route: University of Warwick (GB) 68%

2009-2013 BA (Distinction) in English: Southwest Minzu University / Tsinghua University (P.R.China)

GPA: 3.88/4, 92%

Other Education Programmes

2017 Visting Scholar at the School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University (USA)

With tuition fee reduction + department travel funding

2016 Visiting Scholar at the Institue of Wolrd Literature, Harvard University (USA)

With full tuition fee waiver + award funding + department travel funding

2012 - 3 Exchange Student at St. Edmund Hall College, University of Oxford (GB)

With Excellence Course grade 1/30

2012 -3 Exchange Student at Churchill College, University of Cambridge (GB)

With Excellence Course grade 1/30


Research Interest

My current research has emerged from my MA dissertation and lies in the area of reception studies and data-informed approaches to literary studies, a recent but rapidly growing area within the subfield of World Literature and within literary and cultural studies more broadly. I am examining the translation, circulation, and critical and popular reception of Oscar Wilde’s work in China from the late nineteenth century to the present. How, I ask, was interest in, or disgust of Wilde tied to the changing politics in China and China’s interpretation of modernity? What works were canonised through their inclusion in textbooks, and how did the aftermath of the Wilde’s trails affect his reputation in China before and after the Communist Revolution? How are Wilde’s persona and body read as advertising texts (for beauty masks, cologne, perfumes and so forth) in the contemporary Chinese market? Why is it Wilde instead of other writers from the Western world who claim such popularity especially among young Chinese women?

Scholars usually consider aestheticism merely as a historical phenomenon, yet I argue that both Wilde’s work and his persona have been vital commodities consumed in China, as post-aesthetic literary production. My current focus is the reception of Wilde in contemporary China in terms of cultural materialism. I argue that Wilde’s work, along with his performance as a dandy, has especial relevance to countries like China that are struggling with the post-industrial process of commercialisation and globalisation.

Currently I'm doing the Aesthetic Movement’s reception and its afterlife in fashion and film industry in East Asia; I am currently working on the representation of British Gentlemen/Dandies with case studies of Oscar Wilde’s works and advertisements appropriating Wildean dandies as spokesmen for beauty masks, cologne, men’s fashion wear etc. to explore the reversed racial fetishistic gaze and the objectified masculinity.


Non-Academic Publications:
Academic Publications


  • 2018: Humanities Research Fund for One-Day Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Warwick (£400)
  • 2018: Department Supportive Funding, English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick (£100)
  • 2017: Humanities Research Fund, University of Warwick (£300)
  • 2017: nominee of 2016-17 Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduates who Teach
  • 2017: Scholarship from School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University ($900)
  • 2017: Student Presenter Invited by University of São Paulo with Full Fare Coverage
  • 2016: Department International Conferences Additional Bursary (£500)
  • 2016: Full Tuition Fee Waiver from IWL Harvard University ($1,800)
  • 2015: Warwick-CSC Joint Ph.D. Scholarships for Chinese Students (6/Warwick Chinese Applicants)
  • 2013: Outstanding Graduation Thesis of English Department (2/189)
  • 2012: Chinese National Scholarship for Outstanding University Student (1/189, ¥8000≈£940)
  • 2012: Southwest Minzu University ’ 1st Prize Scholarship (4/189, ¥2000≈£235)
  • 2012: Excellent Coursework Grade in CEEDS Exchange Programme at Oxford & Cambridge University (1/30)
  • 2012: Honorary Title for Comprehensive Quality of University Student (1/425)
  • 2011: Chinese Ministry of Finance Funding for College Students’ Research Project (1/1200, ¥1,7000≈£1,997)
  • 2011: Champion of Sichuan & Chongqing Region of the China Daily 21st Century Cup National English Speech Competition
  • 2010: Outstanding Student of Southwest Minzu University (6/189)
  • 2010: SIFE (now Enactus) China National Competition 1st Prize + Environmental Sustainability Award. (Team Awards, me as Project Manager)

Extracurricular Activities

  • 2013: IELTS Reading Teacher, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics

Conferences/Symposium Organised
  • 2018-19: ORGANISER of C21 Global Victorians: When East Meets West. One-day interdisciplinary Conference. Funded by HRC. (Forthcoming in 2019)
  • 2015-17: ORGANISER of 12th Anniversary Postgraduate Symposium: The Department of English and Comparative Literature Studies. Funded by the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick. Co-organisation with Katja Rebmann and Emanuelle Rodrigues Dos Santos.

Conferences/ Symposium Attended
  • 2018: "The Perfect Gentleman made in Britian - Anglophile Sentiment and China's New National (Male) Image," in The Masculine Worlds of Race and Power: Objects, Practices and Emotions in Colonial and Post-Colonial Societies in the Long Nineteenth Century, Humanties Research Centre, University of Warwick
  • 2017: "Oscar Wilde 2.0: Wilde's Plural Charisma in Modern China's Beauty Industry," in Neo-Victorian Decadences, hosted at St. John's College, Durham University.
  • 2017: "Oscar Wilde Appropriated: Wilde as a Fashion Persona in Chinese Beauty Industry" for the Conference of Novels Without Frontiers, hosted by Laboratório de Estudos do Romance (LERo) University of São Paulo.
  • 2016: "The Zealous Gaze: Chinese BoBos Fascination of Oscar Wilde's Charismatic Bodies (Excerpt)." in the Colloquium 9 "World Literature & Circulation," of the 6th IWL Harvard University Summer Training Session. Chaired by Dr. Dunia Gras
  • 2016: ORGANISER of 12th Anniversary Postgraduate Symposium: The Department of English and Comparative Literature Studies. Funded by the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick. Co-organisation with Katja Rebmann and Emanuelle Rodrigues Dos Santos.
  • 2015: “A Critical Reading of Judith Butler's Queer Theory in line with Trans-sexuality and Homosexuality in China” at the 11th Annual PG Symposium of English and Comparative Literary Studies Department, University of Warwick.


Assessment score: 84.1%

Certification authority followed by license number: Coursera Course Certificates, License EZXF69P68P

Certification dates: Starting June 2013

Assessment score: 92.8%

Certification authority: Coursera Course Certificates

Certification dates: Starting November 2012

Assessment score: 87%

Certification authority: Future Learn Certificates

Certification dates: Starting August 2014

Blogging (2015 - ongoing)

Contribution to popularising western high culture to Chinese public through online blogging

Creative Writings (2012 - ongoing)
  • 2013: The Informant, Audio Play, participated in BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition
  • 2014: Sonnet - For a Lover, poem.
  • 2015: Lord Zhi Bo’s Bell, Short Story, presented in Talk Show hosted by Catherine Pearson at Warwick Student Radio Station (The RaW) This story is based on a Chinese idiom: 掩耳盗铃
  • 2015: Romance of East Zhou Dynasty Part One: The Devil’s Concubine (Unfinished) , a novel written in English about stories happened in East Zhou Dynasty 东周.
  • 2016: Orders of Kings《君王令》A novel written in Mandarin, This is a revenge story sets in a historical period from North Dynasty (North Zhou) 北周 to Sui Dynasty 隋朝.


吴 荻 Wú Dí

Dee Woo

D dot Wu at warwick dot ac dot uk

dw574 at cornell dot edu

Office Hour:

Friday 2-3 pm H5.11

Friday 3-4pm H Cafe

And the art of life is the art of defiance. To defy. That is what we ought to live for, instead of living, as we do, to acquiesce.

Robert Hichens, The Green Carnation


Picture Credit: postive-inking


Member of British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS)

Member of Translators Association of China (TAC)

Fashion Columnist of Resonate: Global voices on East Asian issues


Picture Credit: original picture by Napoleon Sarony

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