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Victoria Oana Lupascu

Victoria Oana Lupascu
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  1. MA, International Relations, Xiamen University, Nanyang Yanjiu Yuan, China,2013
  2. MA, Asian Studies, Bucharest University, Romania, 2012
  3. BA, Chinese and Swedish Language and Literature, Bucharest University, Romania, 2009


Victoria Oana Lupascu is a PhD candidate in dual-title doctoral program in Comparative Literature and Asian Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Her areas of interest include 20th and 21st Chinese literature and visual art, medical humanities and Global South studies. 

Focusing on Chinese literature and visual arts, her dissertation explores how writers and artists engage with and write medical narratives to unveil hidden histories of suffering and marginalization. The dissertation has a comparative framework and juxtaposes works by authors such as Yan Lianke, Cristian Popescu, Drauzio Varella and artists such as Liu Bolin and Cristi Puiu; it examines how their works theorize the concepts of disease and disposability as means of cultural and social critique. 

Her article “Plasma Economy, the Biopolitics of Blood and the Literary Specter of AIDS in China” is forthcoming in Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews(CLEAR). She is a Forrest S. Crawford Graduate Fellow and Rock Ethics Institute Fellow. At Penn State, Victoria has taught a variety of residential and online courses in Comparative Literature, such as CMLIT010 “Introduction to World Literature,” CMLIT143 “Human Rights and World Literature,” and CMLIT 154: International Culture and Film.  She has also taught entry-level courses in the Asian Studies department. 

Areas of Specialization:

Contemporary Chinese Literature 

Contemporary Romanian Literature

Contemporary Brazilian Literature

Graphic Medicine 

Medical Humanities