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Christopher Rosenmeier joined the University of Edinburgh in 2009. Before then, he was a Chiang Ching-kuo postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University for two years. He completed his PhD in modern Chinese literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2006. He graduated from the University of Copenhagen with a BA in Chinese with Mathematics (1998) and an MA in Chinese Studies (2001).

Christopher Rosenmeier and Natascha Gentz are the editors of the journal Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. For journal matters, please write to Edinburgh University Press provides subscription information and online access.

Research Interests

Christopher Rosenmeier's research focuses on the literature of the Republican period (1912-1949), especially popular literature and the Shanghai modernist writers of the 1930s. He has looked at dynamics in the literary field and how some authors saw themselves as avant-garde at the time. This has resulted in several articles and a monograph on popular fiction during the Second Sino-Japanese War: On the Margins of Modernism: Xu Xu, Wumingshi, and Popular Chinese Literature in the 1940s (2017). His most recent study looks at Wang Xiaoyi, an exponent of the borderline erotic "literature of titillation" that was popular in the tabloids but which is wholly overlooked today. He is also interested in how tales of the supernatural in the 1930s and 40s echoed earlier ghost stories from the dynastic period.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Shanghai Avant-garde: The Fiction of Shi Zhecun, Mu Shiying, Xu Xu, and Wumingshi, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006


  • PI Oriental languages and literatures
  • PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania

College Research Themes

  • Data & Digital
  • Cultural Heritage


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