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Darwin H. Tsen

Darwin H. Tsen
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  1. MA, Binghamton University, 5/2010 (if applicable)
  2. BA, National Cheng-Chih University, 5/2008


I am currently a dual-degree Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies of Penn State University. My dissertation project, Collectivity after Socialism in the Sinophone Novel: Institutions, Aesthetics, Politics examines how collectivity is imagined in the novels of Mo Yan (China), Luo Yijun (Taiwan), and Li Zishu (Malaysia), three authors whose disparate geographical origins are tied together by the recession of Chinese socialism and the rise of neoliberal globalization.


Since beginning my studies at Penn State, I have worked as a teaching assistant for the Summer School of Transcultural Theory in Taiwan’s prestigious Academia Sinica; 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. An article titled “Revisiting Said’s “Secular Criticism”: Anarchism, Enabling Ethics, and Oppositional Ethics”, co-authored with Charles R. Wesley, has appear in a collection titled The Geocritical Legacies of Edward W. Said: Spatiality, Critical Humanism, and Comparative Literature. A translation of Kojin Karatani's essay “History as Museum: Okakura Tenshin and Ernest Fenellosa” is forthcoming in the collection Nation and Aesthetics. In Spring 2017, an article titled “After the Commune: Postsocialist Collectivity, the Commodity, and Mo Yan's People” will be published in MCLC:



  • Contemporary Chinese Language Literature
  • Asian American Literature
  • Marxist and Anarchist Theory