• Ph.D. Candidate, Comparative Literature

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.

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies