- Chinese Studies
- Centre for Languages and Literature
Helgonabacken 12, Lund
Box 201, 221 00 Lund
Internal post code 20
My doctoral research is concerned with cityscape and memory in contemporary urban fiction in Chinese, with a special focus on Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei. In my work, I analyze narrative representation of space and time with inspiration from literary cartography, walking as method, multisensory narration, concepts of privacy, plants in literature and probably more to come.
I have an MA in comparative literature (specializing in Chinese literature) from University of Copenhagen, including half a year at Beijing University (北大). I have worked as an assistant lecturer at UCPH and as personal assistant to the dean at Beijing International Studies University (二外 BISU).
I enjoy reading most kinds of fiction (especially experimental fiction and 1900 adventure novels), as well as literature on philosophy of language, zoology, gardening and quantum mechanics. Reading suggestions are always welcome!
To follow my work, please visit my blog www.writingchina.net
-Astrid / 艾喜
In my current research, I look at how contemporary Sinophone works of fiction use botanical characters, plant imagery and green environments to create alternative realities, explore possible futures and deal with traumatic pasts; colouring their writings, so to speak, with the green ink of literary plants. In a world where environmental concerns loom large in the media and classrooms alike, this project will help us understand how human beings imagine their plant others as monsters, saviours or parts of themselves.
Other research interests include literary sensory studies, urban Sinophone fiction, spacetime narratology, language and translation, world literature and memory studies.
- Møller-Olsen, A. (2019). Seven Senses of the City : Urban Spacetime and Sensory Memory in Contemporary Sinophone Fiction. Lund University. Dissertation.
- Møller-Olsen, A. (2017). Fictional Dictionaries : Power and Philosophy of Language in Contemporary Chinese Fiction. Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, 29, 66-108. East Asian Studies Center, Ohio State University.
- Møller-Olsen, A. (2013). Den daoistiske ædedolk : Daoisme og spisning i Ah Chengs novelle 'Kongen af skak'. Chaos. Dansk-norsk tidsskrift for religionhistoriske studier, 1, 185-198. Københavns Universitet, Institut for religionshistorie ; Religionshistorisk Forening.
- Møller-Olsen, A. (2011). Det menneskeædende samfund : Lu Xuns brug af kannibalisme som litterært motiv. Trappe Tusind – Tidsskrift for litteraturvidenskab, 26-34.
Book chapters (1)
- Møller-Olsen, A. (2015). Dissolved in Liquor and Life : Drinkers and Drinking Cultures in Mo Yan’s Novel, Liquorland. In Kerner, S., Chou, C. & Warmind, M. (Eds.) Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast. Bloomsbury Academic.
Conference contributions (6)
- Møller-Olsen, A. (2018). Take the Elevator to Tomorrow : Mobile Space and Lingering Time in Contemporary Urban Fiction.
- Møller-Olsen, A. (2018). Urban Ecologies : The Flora and Fauna of Fictional Taipei.
- Møller-Olsen, A. (2017). Walking or Reading the City : Spatiotemporal narrative forms in contemporary urban Chinese fiction.
- Møller-Olsen, A. (2016). Sharing a Dream : The Lucid Dreamscapes of Jorge Luis Borges and Can Xue.
- Møller-Olsen, A. (2016). The City is a Journey : Heritage and memory in Zhu Tianxin’s novel Old Capital.
- Møller-Olsen, A. (2015). House Without a Ceiling : Uncanny places in the works of Can Xue.
- Møller-Olsen, A. (2018). “The Spatiality of Emotion in Early Modern China: From Dreamscapes to Theatricality” by Ling Hon Lam. Asian Review of Books - ARB.
- Møller-Olsen, A. (2018). Review of "A Hero Born" by Jin Yong. Asian Review of Books - ARB.
- Møller-Olsen, A. (2016). Det skrøbelige geni: Kodeeksperten. Kinabladet. Dansk-Kinesisk Forening.
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (1)
- Møller-Olsen, A. (2016). Menneskesindets koder sværest at knække. Kinabladet. Dansk-Kinesisk Forening.
Other tasks and qualifications
I teach a masters' level course on 20th century Chinese urban fiction (KINM12), fall semester: http://www.sol.lu.se/en/course/KINM12/
I'm active in the Forum for Comparative Literature at the Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University - a research group, which aims to foster close collaboration among scholars across language sections and promote interdisciplinary approaches to literary studies in Sweden and beyond: https://www.komplitt.com/
I'm an active member of the Association of Chinese & Comparative Literature (ACCL)