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Dr Mengmeng Yan

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Mengmeng comes from Beijing, China. She attended Bromsgrove School between 2005 and 2008, received her undergraduate honours degree in English Literature from the University of St Andrews in 2012, and was awarded her MA (Distinction) and PhD in English Literature by Durham University in 2013 and 2018, respectively.

Mengmeng’s doctoral research (2014-18) focused on reflections of China in eighteenth-century English literature. She was supervised by Dr Helen O’Connell and Professor Stephen Regan. Mengmeng is especially interested in eighteenth-century and Victorian studies. Her undergraduate dissertation investigated aspects of looking in Charlotte Brontë’s novels, and she explored self-restraint in the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries in her MA dissertation. Mengmeng aims to strengthen her knowledge and capacity in intercultural literary exchanges through her research 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 had been a teaching assistant in the department of English Studies at Durham between 2016 and 2018.


Yan, Mengmeng, ‘China in Eighteenth-Century English and Irish Literature: Representations and Tensions’, Postgraduate English, 30 (2015), <>.

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), <>.