Yuchen Yan (2021)

Yuchen Yan

Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature, UC San Diego

Yuchen received her BA at department of Chinese language and literature, Peking University. Her research interest focuses mainly on novels, dramas and gender studies in China in the twentieth century. She is especially interested in certain topics including cultural productions in metropolitan cities. Motivated by her aspiration to gain an insight into other cultures, she also minored in German and read literary works from all over the world extensively during her undergraduate studies. She enjoys writing dramas and poems, though whether she is a talented playwright and poet is still open to doubt. She is currently working on her capstone project about the representations of murder in old Shanghai.

CAH thesis: Killing Me Softly in Metropolis: Tales of Murder and Murderous Passion in Republican Shanghai (1911-1937)”

How has graduating from our program at Duke help shape you professionally and/or personally?

The academic training I received here is really solid, which help me find my research interests and build a foundation for me to conduct research independently. 

What advice would you give students currently in our program, or those thinking about joining the program?

Make the most of the rich resources provided by Duke and by our department, and don't miss the chance to talk to people who you would like to work with.