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Andrea Bachner

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature
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Professor Bachner holds an M.A. from Munich University, Germany, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her research explores comparative intersections between Sinophone, Latin American, and European cultural productions in dialogue with theories of interculturality, sexuality, and mediality.

Her first book, Beyond Sinology: Chinese Writing and the Scripts of Cultures (forthcoming from Columbia University Press), analyzes how the Chinese script has been imagined in recent decades in literature and film, visual and performance art, design and architecture, both within Chinese cultural contexts and in different parts of the “West.” She is the co-editor (with Carlos Rojas) of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literatures (under contract) and has published articles in Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, Concentric, German Quarterly, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Taller de Letras as well as in several edited volumes.She is currently working on two book projects: Ethics of Inscriptions, or Poststructuralist Prehistories, a theoretical genealogy of the concept of inscription and Comparison at the Margins: Latin America and the Sinophone World, a reflection on the limits of comparison through an exploration of the rich history of cultural contact, exchange, and affinity between Latin American and Chinese cultures from the late 19th century to today.