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Darwin Tsen

Darwin Tsen

Dissertation Fellow Spring 2015


Darwin Tsen is a dual-degree Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature and Asian Studies. His dissertation project, Under Institutional Eyes: The Search for Collectivity in the Postsocialist Transpacific Novel examines how collectivity is imagined in the novels of Mo Yan, Luo Yijun, and Karen Tei Yamashita, three authors whose disparate geographical origins are tied together by the recession of Chinese socialism and the rise of neoliberal globalization.

Since beginning his studies at Penn State, he has worked as a teaching assistant for the Summer School of Transcultural Theory in Taiwan’s prestigious Academia Sinica and published a translation of Wang Xiaoming’s article “Toward a “Great Unity”: Theories of Subjectivity in China in the Early Decades of the Modern Era” in the journal Social Text.His article “Revisiting Said’s “Secular Criticism”: Anarchism, Enabling Ethics, and Oppositional Ethics”, co-authored with Charlie R. Wesley, is slated to appear in a collection tentatively titled The Geocritical Legacies of Edward Said, forthcoming in 2015.

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