• Ph.D. Candidate, Comparative Literature

Years of Affiliation: 2016-2017

Guangchen Chen is a 6th year Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature finishing his dissertation entitled “Playing with Things: Collecting as a Materialistic Response to Modernity in China.” Conceptualizing collecting as a discursive thought process that disrupts and reconfigures literary and historic narratives, his research explores collecting’s impact on the history of thought of modern China.

From our Blog: 

Remembering the Life of a Cosmopolite: On the 50th Anniversary of Fu Lei’s Suicide
Guangchen Chen, Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature and 2016–17 Fairbank Center Graduate Student Associate, describes an event that signaled the start of the Cultural Revolution’s horrors and led to a suicide.

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