Dr Kate Foster

Lecturer in Chinese Literature and Culture


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
8th Sep 2014

Research summary

My primary interests lie in modern and contemporary Chinese fiction, and in the expanding global literary scene for works in translation. I have worked extensively on research into post-Mao literature. My first book, Chinese Literature and the Child: Children and Childhood in Late-Twentieth Century Chinese Fiction (2013), is an extended analysis of the image of the child in novels and short stories from the 1980s and 1990s. My research has argued for the emergence of tropes in Chinese literary production that speak to both the cultural specificity and the universality of ideas of children and childhood. My work on the imagined child has extended to the consideration of children’s literature and the child as audience, and to a focus in my current research on new translations of children’s literature from China. I maintain a keen interest in publishing trends, and have written book reviews on new works from Hong Kong, China, and Singapore. 

Teaching summary

LITC0007 Re-imagining the Self: Reading Chinese Short Fiction

LITC0014 Urban Tales: the City in East Asian Literature

LITC0026 Imagined Children: the Child in Fiction

CMII0078 Children in Literature seminar series


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow | 2017


University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies 2012
PhD in Chinese

University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies  2007
MA in Modern Chinese Literature

Durham University 1992
BA (Hons) in Chinese and Management Studies