Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Dr Cosima Bruno

Key information

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures Reader in Chinese Literature Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies Reader in Chinese Literature Centre for Translation Studies Member China Institute Member
BA (Venice) PhD (London)
Russell Square: College Buildings
Email address
Telephone number
+44(0) 20 7898 4421
Support hours
Wednesdays, 11:00–12:00.


I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Ca’ Foscari University, Venice.

I worked as a translator and interpreter from Chinese for almost a decade before coming to SOAS at the turn of the millennium to undertake doctoral research on contemporary Chinese poetry in translation. My research to date has been focusing on the role of translation and other forms of cultural mediation in the evolution, contestation and renegotiation of literary authority and power.

My first monograph, Between the Lines: Yang Lian’s Poetry through Translation challenges dichotomous approaches to translation, and offers a new methodology of studying poetry through translation. Another main strand of my research pertains to inter-arts transculturation, and aims at synthesizing and revising relational theories of literature and translation, so as to provide new tools for a critical understanding of the literary work and its environment.

What I hope to do in my lectures is to ask questions about China, and use literature to examine how we go about answering them. I welcome PhD applications in modern and contemporary Chinese and Sinophone literatures and translation studies.

Research interests

  • contemporary Chinese poetry
  • poetry performativity
  • translation studies
  • Chinese language art
  • bilingual migrant poetry 
  • intermedial poetry


PhD Supervision

Name Title
Miss Magdalena Wojcik The Community, Voice and Contributions of the Other Tang (618–907) Women Poets in the Early Modern (16th–18th c.) Anthologies of Poetry.
Dr Jessica Siu-yin Yeung Semiotics of Allegory: Queerness in Contemporary Taiwan and Hong Kong Novel and Cinema
Feifei Zhan Physical Pain and Mother-daughter Relationships in Post-1990 Chinese Literature


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