Min Zou

Min Zou


I am a Chinese PhD student working on queer aesthetics in American playwright David Henry Hwang's plays under the supervision of Dr Helen Finch and Dr Denis Flannery. In 2014, I enrolled in the School of Foreign Language, Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU) in China as a bilingual student, majoring in English and German. Furthermore, my love for literature and poetry led me to gain an MA in English literature at XJTU in 2020 and my current doctoral study at the University of Leeds, which is funded by the competitive grant of the China Scholarship Council.

Research interests

In the past time of research, my work focused on modern American literature, especially David Henry Hwang and Elizabeth Bishop's works and Queer Studies. Although my PhD research work centres on American literature and theatre, my interests expand to German literature and American poetry. My recent studies “David Henry Hwang's Bondage: Sadomasochistic Fantasy, Camp and Utopian Aesthetics” and “Queer Aesthetics in David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly (1988–2017)” were presented at BAAS Annual Conference 2022 and the 6th International Conference on American Drama and Theater.


  • MA English Literature, XJTU, China
  • BA English and German, XJTU, China

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for World Literatures