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Dan Luo

Title: CPLT Ph.D. Candidate
Senior Teaching Assistant in Chinese
College of Arts and Sciences
Luo Dan

Women’s and Gender Studies: University of South Carolina-Columbia
Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages: Beijing Language and Culture University
Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages; English (Translation of Traditional Chinese Medicine): Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Dan Luo is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina, with a focus on modern and contemporary Chinese literature and cinema. Her dissertation explores the strategic ways in which post-1978 Chinese Science Fiction authors evoke premodern imaginaries to validate, undermine, or revise the utopian myths significant to nation-state building. Besides presenting her work at several national conferences, including American Comparative Literature Association (2021) and Association for Asian Studies (2022), she co-organized a panel on “Legacies of Marxism: Working Conditions in China” at the 2023 Modern Language Association.

With a background in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (B.A. and M.A.), she isalso experienced in teaching Chinese in an immersive environment with culturally enriched content. In 2022, she worked with two students and founded UofSC’s first Chinese Culture Association for Speakers of Other Languages. Currently, she serves as the advisor for the association.

Research and Teaching Areas:

  • Modern and contemporary Chinese literature
  • Chinese Fantasy and Science Fiction literature
  • Gender dynamics and feminism in contemporary China
  • World Literature
  • Chinese Cinema
  • Chinese language


  • The Historical Dictionary of Chinese Cinema, second edition (Scarecrow, forthcoming, first edition by Tan Ye and Yun Zhu, 2012).

  • “The Exploration of Self in Wu Tianming’s Films.” Sino-American Journal of Comparative Literature, vol. 5, 2021, pp. 53-76.

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