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


University College London
FHEA, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education | 2017