Lijiaozi Cheng

Project title: Narrating Health and Illness: Confluence of Chinese and Western Medical Systems in Modern Chinese Literature.

The aim of my project is to look at the intersection of medical knowledge and literary writings – how styles of being connects to styles of writing. I will look at how people make sense of their bodies, their well-being and illnesses in their literary writings, when there are multiple systems of medical knowledge clashing with each other. I will focus on Chinese literature in the early 20th century, and look at how the introduction of modern western medicine into China impacted on narratives and literary styles.

My project is supervised by Dr Annamaria Carusi (MHS).