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Gloria Davies

Professor Gloria Davies 黄樂嫣

Adjunct Director

PhD, University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies, First Class Honours), Australian National University

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Gloria Davies is a literary scholar, historian and translator whose research covers a range of areas: Chinese intellectual and literary history from the 1890s to the present; contemporary Chinese thought; comparative literature and critical theory; and studies of cultural flows in the digital age.  She was trained in modern and classical Chinese at ANU where she completed her Honours degree. As a graduate student at the University of Melbourne, she read literary theory and worked on modern Chinese literary history.

She is Professor of Chinese Studies at Monash University where she is a member of the research network, Literary and Cultural Inquiry, Faculty of Arts, and a member of the Monash Asia Institute’s advisory board. She teaches, supervises and engages in collaborative research across several areas in Asian cultural and media studies. Her recent and current research deals with issues in contemporary Chinese thought and public culture on the Chinese Internet. She is also working on a collaborative project concerning Chinese ways of thinking in the global digital age. A book on contemporary Chinese thought is underway, as is a monograph on digital dissent in China.

She co-edits the China Story Journal and Thinking China on the CIW’s China Story website.

Other Languages

  • Chinese

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Chinese thought
  • Chinese intellectual and literary history
  • Chinese cultural studies
  • Chinese media studies
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Current Projects

  • Critical inquiry under one-party rule
  • Chinese digital dissent
  • Historical scholarship in China
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PhD Students

  • A list of completed and current research supervisions appears here.
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Selected Publications

Contributions to The China Story

‘Fitting Words’, in Geremie R. Barmé with Jeremy Goldkorn eds., China Story Yearbook 2013: Civilising China,Canberra: Australian Centre on China in the World, 2013, online at:

‘Discontent in Digital China’, in Geremie R. Barmé with Jeremy Goldkorn, Carolyn Cartier and Gloria Davies eds., China Story Yearbook 2012: Red Rising Red Eclipse, Canberra: Australian Centre on China in the World, 2012, online at:

‘Benevolent Knowledge?’, The China Story Journal, 15 November 2012, online at:

‘Searching for a People’, The China Story Journal, 4 September 2012, online at:


Lu Xun’s Revolution: Writing in a Time of Violence, Harvard University Press, (2013)

‘Certitude and linguistic play in Chinese critical inquiry’, boundary 2, Vol. 38 No. 2 (2011), 125-153

‘Homo dissensum significans, or the perils of taking a stand in China’, Social Text, Vol. 29 No. 4 (2011), 29-56

Worrying about China: The Language of Chinese Critical Inquiry, Harvard University Press, (2007)

‘Moral emotions and Chinese thought’, Michigan Quarterly Review (Spring 2008), 221-244
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Updated:  22 March 2018/Responsible Officer:  Director, China in the World /Page Contact:  China in the World