Dr Sarah Dodd

Dr Sarah Dodd


I gained my PhD from the University of Leeds, funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) scholarship. My thesis explored the representation of monstrosity in a collection of seventeenth century Chinese stories, Pu Songling's Liaozhai zhiyi, and my current research is on the fantastic in contemporary Chinese fiction.

Research interests

My research is focused on fantasy and science fiction in Chinese fiction and film.

I am deputy director of the Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing, which brings together writers, translators, publishers and academics working in the field of contemporary Chinese fiction, organising events, translation competitions and a monthly book club.

I am also one of the organisers of the Transcultural Fantastic, a research project based at the University of Leeds focusing on the traditions of the fantastic from an intercultural and interdisciplinary perspective.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD Classical Chinese Ghost Stories
  • MPhil Modern Chinese Literature
  • BA Chinese and International Relations

Student education

I teach modules on world literature and on Chinese and East Asian culture, including fiction, cinema, and translation.

Research groups and institutes

  • Chinese
  • Centre for New Chinese Writing
  • East Asian Studies
  • Literary studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Cinema and Television

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>