SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Rossella Ferrari

BA (Venice), MA, PhD (London)
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China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Reader in Chinese and Theatre Studies

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Learning & Teaching Coordinator

SOAS China Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute

Centre for Media and Film Studies


Dr Rossella Ferrari
Email address:
+44(0) 20 7898 4047
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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Office Hours:
Mondays 3.30-4.30pm


Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Angela Kim, Topography of Contemporary Korean Diasporic Female Theatre Since 1990s: Trauma, Body and Motherhood
  • Bodil Margaret Knuts , Flight or Fight: the Nation is Lost. The influence of a vagrant life on the notion of "home” in the prose of Xiao Hong (1911-1942) and Xiao Jun (1907-1988)
  • Federica Gamberini, [working title] The Idea of Beauty. Subjectivity, writing and aesthetic experience in Contemporary Chinese literature
  • Ke Meng, Working title: Soliloquy in Late Imperial Chinese Chuanqi Drama
  • Lucrezia Botti, The Allure of the Dressing Case: A Study of Yang Weizhen’s (1296-1370) and Wang Cihui’s (1593-1642) Xianglianti (Fragrant-Dressing-Case Style) Poetry
  • Michael Ka Chi Cheuk, Aesthetics of Reflexivity in Gao Xingjian’s Pre-Nobel Plays (working title)
  • Tom Cunliffe, Lung Kong and Hong Kong Cantonese Cinema 1966-1979
  • Yan Jia, Translating Distant Neighbours: China-India Literary Relations 1950-2015
  • Yunzi Han, Representing Sexuality on Screen: A Comparative Reading of Contemporary Arthouse Cinema from China and Iran


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Available for
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Regional Expertise
  • East Asia
Country Expertise
  • China
  • Italian


Authored Books

Ferrari, Rossella (2012) Pop Goes The Avant-Garde: Experimental Theatre in Contemporary China. London: Seagull Books.

Ferrari, Rossella (2004) Da Madre Courage e i suoi figli a Jiang Qing e i suoi mariti. Percorsi brechtiani in Cina. [From Mother Courage and her Children to Jiang Qing and her Husbands. Brechtian Trajectories in China]. Venice: Cafoscarina.


Ferrari, Rossella (2017) 'Asian Theatre as Method: The Toki Experimental Project and Sino-Japanese Transnationalism in Performance'. TDR: The Drama Review, (61) 3, pp 141-164.

Ferrari, Rossella (2015) '"Zhongguo jianzhu yi bai nian": weishenme xin shiji women yi wu suo you 「中國建築一百年」︰為什麼新世紀我們一無所有 [Online]'. Initium Media 端傳媒.

Ferrari, Rossella (2013) 'Notes on the (Pop) Avant-Garde in China [Online]'. Berfrois.

Ferrari, Rossella (2013) 'Kua guo/kua meiti/kua wenben: dazhonghua diqu cong yinmu dao wutai de kuajie chuangzuo 跨国/跨媒体/跨文本 :大中華地區從銀幕到舞台的跨界創作'. 文化視野 / Cultural Vision 2, pp 130-142.

Ferrari, Rossella (2012) 'Architecture and/in Theatre from the Bauhaus to Hong Kong: Mathias Woo's 'Looking for Mies''. New Theatre Quarterly, (28) 1, pp 3-19.

Ferrari, Rossella (2012) 'The Avant-Garde is Dead, Long Live the (Pop) Avant-Garde! Critical Reconfigurations in Contemporary Chinese Theatre'. positions: asia critique, (20) 4, pp 1127-1157.

Ferrari, Rossella (2011) 'Disenchanted Presents, Haunted Pasts, and Dystopian Futures: Deferred Millennialism in the Cinema of Meng Jinghui'. Journal of Contemporary China, (20) 71, pp 699-721.

Ferrari, Rossella (2011) 'The Stage as a Drawing Board: Zuni Icosahedron’s Architecture Is Art Festival'. TDR: The Drama Review, (55) 1, pp 137-149.

Ferrari, Rossella (2010) 'Journey(s) to the East—-Travels, Trajectories, and Transnational Chinese Theatre(s)'. Postcolonial Studies, (13) 4, pp 351-366.

Ferrari, Rossella (2008) 'Transnation/transmedia/transtext: border-crossing from screen to stage in Greater China'. Journal of Chinese Cinemas, (2) 1, pp 53-65.

Ferrari, Rossella (2008) 'Dalla Repubblica Popolare alla repubblica pop'. Hystrio. Trimestrale di teatro e spettacolo, (21) 3, pp 56-59.

Ferrari, Rossella (2005) 'Anarchy in the PRC: Meng Jinghui and his Adaptation of Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist'. Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, (17) 2, pp 1-48.

Ferrari, Rossella (2001) 'Verso una nuova concezione teatrale: Huang Zuolin e la xieyi xijuguan. [Towards a New Theatrical Conception: Huang Zuolin and his xieyi xijuguan]'. Asiatica Venetiana, (6-7) 2001-2002, pp 111-138.

Book Chapters

Ferrari, Rossella (2016) 'Contemporary Experimental Theaters in the PRC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong'. In: Denton, Kirk A., (ed.), The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature. New York: Columbia University Press.

Ferrari, Rossella (2016) 'Performing Poetry on the Intermedial Stage: Flowers in the Mirror, Moon on the Water and Beijing Avant-garde Theatre in the New Millennium'. In: Li, Ruru, (ed.), Staging China: New Theatres in the Twenty-First Century. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 123-140.

Ferrari, Rossella (2014) 'Tang Our Contemporary: Twenty-First Century Adaptations of Peony Pavilion'. In: Santangelo, Paolo and Tan, Tian Yuan, (eds.), Passion, Romance, and Qing: The World of Emotions and States of Mind in Peony Pavilion (3 vols.). Leiden: Brill, pp 1482-1522.

Ferrari, Rossella (2011) 'Beckett’s Chinese Progeny: Absurdity, Waiting, and the Godot Motif in Contemporary China'. In: Maufort, Marc and Figueira, Dorothy, (eds.), Theatres in the Round: Multi-ethnic, Indigenous, and Intertextual Dialogues in Drama. Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang, pp 133-159.

Ferrari, Rossella (2007) '“Avant-garde Drama and Theater: China”'. In: Cody, Gabrielle and Sprinchorn, Evert, (eds.), The Columbia Encyclopaedia of Modern Drama. New York: Columbia University Press.

Ferrari, Rossella (2006) '"Gao Xingjian"'. In: Wintle, Justin, (ed.), New Makers of Modern Culture. London & New York: Routledge.

Ferrari, Rossella (2005) 'Il selvaggio di Gao Xingjian: nativismo o modernismo? [Gao Xingjian's Wild Man: Nativism or Modernism?]'. In: Scarpari, M. and Lippiello, T., (eds.), Caro Maestro... Scritti in onore di Lionello Lanciotti per l'ottantesimo compleanno.. Venice: Cafoscarina, pp 533-545.

Book Reviews

Ferrari, Rossella (2017) 'Review of "The Theatre of David Henry Hwang" by Esther Kim Lee. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015'. Theatre Research International, (42) 1, pp 109-110.

Ferrari, Rossella (2015) 'Review of "The Avant-Garde and the Popular in Modern China: Tian Han and the Intersection of Performance and Politics" by Liang Luo'. MCLC Resource Center.

Ferrari, Rossella (2009) 'Review of "Origins of the Chinese Avant-Garde: The Modern Woodcut Movement" by Xiaobing Tang'. China Review International, (16) 2, pp 271-275.

Ferrari, Rossella (2009) 'Review of "Children of Marx and Coca Cola: Chinese Avant-garde Art and Independent Cinema" by Xiaoping Lin.'. China Review International, (16) 4, pp 544-549.

Ferrari, Rossella (2008) 'Review of A History of Contemporary Chinese Literature by Hong Zicheng'. The China Quarterly 194, pp 448-449.

Ferrari, Rossella (2008) 'Review of Significant Other. Staging the American in China by Claire Conceison'. TDR The Drama Review, (52) 1, pp 204-206.

Ferrari, Rossella (2005) 'Review of Gao Xingjian and Transcultural Chinese Theater by Sy Ren Quah'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (68) 2, pp 333-335.


Ferrari, Rossella and Pu, Bo (2016) 'Fei xifang yujing zhong liuxing, qianwei xiju de xin lilun he fangfalun goujian—— Lundun daxue SOAS xueyuan Fei Laili nüshi fangtan 非西方语境中流行、前卫戏剧的新理论和方法论构建——伦敦大学SOAS学院费莱丽女士访谈 [Constructing new theories and methodologies for popular and avant-garde theatres in non-Western contexts: interview with Rossella Ferrari, SOAS, University of London] ' Sichuan xiju 四川戏剧 [Sichuan theatre].

Ferrari, Rossella (2015) 'A Tale of Two Centuries: One Hundred Years of Chinese Architecture as a Reflection on Chinese Modernization” (English) / Liang ge shiji de duizhao: "Zhongguo jianzhu yibai nian" dui Zhongguo xiandaihua de fansi 兩個世紀的對照:「中國建築一百年」對中國現代化的反思 (Chinese) [Online]' One Hundred Years of Chinese Architecture Programme.

Ferrari, Rossella (2014) '"Tang Our Contemporary: Twenty-First Century Adaptations of Peony Pavilion": Supplementary Materials (Video Excerpts and Photo Gallery) [Online]'.


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