Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Dee Wu


  • 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)
  • 2009-2014 BA (Distinction) in English: Southwest Minzu University*+Tsinghua University (P.R.China)

*Southwest Minzu University is an ethnic minority university directly under the control of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission of China.

Other Education Programmes
  • 2017 School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University (USA)

With tuition fee reduction + department travel funding

  • 2016 The Institue of Wolrd Literature, Harvard University (USA)

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

  • 2012 St. Edmund Hall College, University of Oxford (GB)

With Excellence Course grade 1/30

  • 2012 Churchill College, University of Cambridge (GB)

With Excellence Course grade 1/30

My Research

Dee Wu is currently an Early Career Fellow with the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), University of Warwick while she is waiting to receive her PhD degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies at Warwick.

Her PhD project — The Cultural Legacy of Oscar Wilde in Modern China and Beyond (1909 –2019) — studies British writer/trendsetter Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)’s cultural impact in fashion, youth culture, and online LGBTQ+ activism in contemporary Mainland China as well as Japan and South Korea. It juxtaposes British literature with material culture, gender studies, and digital humanities. Her work also engages with big data analysis, behaviour economics, and even luxury marketing, which explores reasons behind the Chinese millennial’ Anglophilia in consuming British cultural and luxury products that encapsulated the idealised “Britishness”.

Her current interest lies in the fin de siècle Aestheticism's and Decadence's afterlife in the fashion industry. Her talk at the TEDxWarwick Student Salon (2018) has attracted attention from Alexander McQueen, and the Shanghai-based fashion house Sand River. Wu is ambitious to develop cross-over cooperations between C19 British literature and modern fashion design in both academia and industry.

Her most recent published article on Wilde's representation in the Chinese fashion market was selected by Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History.

Further Research Interests:
  • Nineteenth-century English literature, especially Aestheticism and Decadence
  • Aesthetic Movement in fine art (esp. Pre-Raphaelite)
  • Fashion and dandyism
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Literature and visual culture
  • Literature and material culture
  • Popular, fan and folk cultures
  • Internet culture and society
  • Sociology of literature and culture

Research Interest in terms of (Historical) Geographical Areas:

  • British Empire
  • Late Qing Empire (1840–1912), Republican China (1912–1949), Mainland China
  • Meiji Japan (1868–1912), Joseon (1871–1897)
  • Siam, Khmer
  • Russian Empire and the Soviet Union


Academic Publications


  • 2019: IAS (Institute of Advanced Study) Early Career Fellowship, University of Warwick.(£6000)
  • 2019: Humanities Research Fund for Academic Traveling, University of Warwick (£250)
  • 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 for Academic Traveling, University of Warwick (£300)
  • 2017: Nominated for 2016-17 Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduates who Teach
  • 2017: Tuition fee waiver from SCT, 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)
  • 2013: Excellent Coursework Grade in CEEDS Exchange Programme at Oxford & Cambridge University (1/30)
  • 2012: Chinese National Scholarship for Outstanding University Student (1/189, ¥8000≈£940)
  • 2012: 1st Prize Scholarship, Southwest University for Nationalities (4/189, ¥2000≈£235)
  • 2012: Honorary Title for University Students with Comprehensive Qualities (1/425)
  • 2011: Chinese Finance Ministry Funding for National Undergraduate Training Programs for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (1/1200, ¥17, 000≈£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)

Aurelia's profile

吴 荻 Wú Dí

Dee Aurelia Woo

D dot Wu at warwick dot ac dot uk

Chengdu, China

Download VCard






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


银鞍照白马, 飒沓如流星



—— 《侠客行》 李白


Post-doc Representative in the Executive Board of British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS)

Member of North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)

Member of Translators Association of China (TAC)

Fashion Columnist at Resonate: Global voices on East Asian issues

I am a man who loves beautiful yet useless things.

The moon. The stars. The Sun.
Flowers. Lakes. Jokes.

Things like that.

- Kim Hui Seong, Mr. Sunshine (2018)


Picture Credit: original picture by Napoleon Sarony

Native/Bilingual Proficiency:

中文 | English

Elementary Proficiency:
Français | Español |ру́сский язы́k





—— 《出塞》王昌龄