School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)


Dr Kate Foster

Dr Kate Foster

Dr Kate Foster


Foster Court 115
University College London
Gower Street


  • Lecturer in Chinese Literature and Culture
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL


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. I also have a particular research and teaching interest in the negotiation of memory and identity in the literature and cinema of Hong Kong.

Award year Qualification Institution
2017 FHEA
ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
University College London


Children in Literature|*|Contemporary Chinese Literature|*|Hong Kong Cinema|*|Modern Chinese Literature