Susie Yavetz

Postgraduate Research Student


Susie completed her MRes in Chinese Studies at the University of Liverpool. Before her MRes, Susie was awarded with a BA Hons (2:1) in English Language and Literature from Oxford University (St Anne’s College). Susie spent 10 years working as a journalist, translator, and author in Shanghai. She co-founded Literary Shanghai (a publishing & events organisation) in 2016, and worked as programme director and journal editor for the Royal Asiatic Society between 2012 and 2016.

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"The Persistent Appeal of the “China Exotic” in English Fiction Since 1978."

Susie's research will assess the persistence and development of such tropes across a wider swath of Anglophone literature since China’s Reform and Opening of the late 1970s. Susie's hypothesis that the stereotypical portrayals seen in the ‘Yellow Peril’ literature of the early 1900s (a cultural product that was both a reaction to and a stoking of the imperialist machine) have persisted across the course of the century, finding a new place in contemporary English literature, particularly in the genres of historical fiction, crime/thriller, romance, and travel writing. Susie's further hypothesis that this reification of tropes is partly due to the persistent appeal of what I will term the “China exotic”.

Susie's wider research interests include the representation of China in English literature. 

External Engagement

Co-founder of Literary Shanghai: a publishing and events company.