Miss Mengmeng Yan
Mengmeng comes from Beijing, China. She has been studying in the UK since she was sixteen years old. Mengmeng attended Bromsgrove School between 2005 and 2008, received her undergraduate honours degree in English Literature in 2012 from the University of St Andrews, and was awarded her MA in English (Distinction) from Durham University in 2013.
Mengmeng started her PhD at Durham at the beginning of 2014, and she is currently supervised by Dr Helen O’Connell and Professor Stephen Regan. Her doctoral research focuses on representations of China in eighteenth-century English literature and culture. Mengmeng is especially interested in eighteenth-century studies and Victorian studies: she wrote her undergraduate dissertation on aspects of looking in Charlotte Brontë’s novels, and she focused on self-restraint in Jane Austen’s works for her MA dissertation. Mengmeng is aiming to strengthen her knowledge and capacity in intercultural literary exchanges through her current research and her future career.
Mengmeng regularly gives research papers at national and international conferences in the UK. She received the Postgraduate Award from the annual conference of BSECS (British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) in 2016. Mengmeng has been a teaching assistant in the department since 2016.
Yan, Mengmeng, ‘China in Eighteenth-Century English and Irish Literature: Representations and Tensions’, Postgraduate English, 30 (2015), <http://community.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate.english/ojs/index.php/pgenglish>.
Yan, Mengmeng, ‘“There is no better means of instruction on China than letting China speak for herself”: Thomas Percy and Hau Kiou Choaan (1761)’, Exchanges: The Warwick Research Journal, 4/1 (2016), <http://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk>.