Lanlan Du is a tenured Professor at Institute of Global Humanities, Nanjing University. She earned her PhD from Tsinghua University, China in 2009. After completing her postdoctoral work at Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2011, she became an associate professor at the School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. From January 2019 to July 2023, she was a professor and PhD supervisor there.

Du’s major research interests are in the fields of women’s writing, comparative literature and contemporary speculative fiction. As a Luce East-Asian Fellow of National Humanities Center in the United States, she worked on the project “Affective Dimensions of Precarity in Contemporary Chinese and English Fiction” and is currently working on the research project “World-building and Its Ethical Messages in Twenty-First Century English Speculative Fiction” granted by China National Social Science Fund.


Her current research project, entitled ‘Intermediality Studies on Climate Change Speculative Fiction’, attempts to explore the cultural phenomenon of intermediality in some twenty-first century cli-fi novels, emphasizing the interconnectedness of human and nonhuman actants, and pondering on the issue of intermedial performativity, i.e. the transformative power of the intertwined relationships among individuals, artifacts, and hybrid cultural forms to highlight the importance of art and humanities in keeping people to live on.

Select Publications

  • The Politics of Being Human: A Study of Judith Butler’s Thoughts, Nanjing: Nanjing University Press, 2020.
  • Judith Butler’s Poststructuralist Feminism and Ethical Thoughts, Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, 2016.
  • Introduction to Digital Humanities, edited with Peng Qinglong, Shanghai: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2024.
  • “The Cultural Politics of Emotion.” Journal of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. 2 (2024): 114-119.
  • “The Intervening Power of Literature and Arts: A Review of A Theory of Performativity: New Directions in Literature and Art Studies.” Comparative Literature in China. 1 (2024): 267-272.
  • “New Love in the Age of Artificial Intelligence? Transgression of Love in Jeanette Winterson’s Framkissstein: A Love Story. Journal of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. 4 (2023): 113-123.
  • “Love and Hope: Affective Labor and Posthuman Relations in Klara and the Sun.” Neohelicon. 49 (2022): 551-562.
  • “The Paradox of Postfeminism.” Foreign Aesthetics. 33 (2021): 124-136.
  • “Remediation of Frankenstein in Digital Media.” Journal of SJTU (Philosophy and Social Sciences), 1 (2022): 165-174.
  • “Chinese Versions of the Uncanny.” (Second author) Oxford Literary Review, 2 (2020): 205-209.
  • “The Two Cultures Debate Revisited in the Posthumanist Age: Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake as a Case Study.” Word and Text. 10 (2020): 111-125.
  • “On Moretti’s Distant Reading and Its Influences.” Comparative Literature in China. 3 (2020): 179-193.
  • “Nature and Ethnic Women: An Ecofeminist Reading of Chi Zijian’s The Last Quarter of the Moon and Linda Hogan’s Solar Storms.” Comparative Literature Studies. 4 (2018): 787-798
  • “Gendered Narrative of Suffering in Mo Yan’s Big Breasts and Wide Hips”, Neohelicon, 43.1 (2016):27-44.
  • “From Taboo to Open Discussion: Discourses of Sexuality in Azalea Mountain and Red Azalea”, Comparative Literature Studies, 1 (2015): 130-144.
  • “Female Writing in the Atlas of World Literature: A Case Study of J. K. Rowling”, Neohelicon, (December) 2011: 427-436.

Select Awards

  • Luce-Asian Fellowship granted by the National Humanities Center, U.S., 2018-2019.
  • Cardiff University visiting scholarship Sponsored by China Scholarship Council, 2015-2016.
  • Fulbright Foreign Student Program Scholarship, 2007-2008.


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