PeopleGraduate Students

Cai, Kathryn

Literature and Biomedicine; Critical Medical/Health Humanities; Asian American Literature; Literature and Environment

Humanities 149
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Education

  • C.Phil, 2016, UCLA
  • MA, 2015, UCLA
  • B.A./B.S., 2011, University of Maryland, College Park

Interests

My research explores connections between individual narratives of illness and health and broader sociopolitical and environmental conditions. My dissertation draws on considerations of affect and embodiment to analyze Asian American and Chinese literary and ethnographic narratives and consider how constructions of illness and health suggest broadened conceptions of agency under uncertain conditions.

Publications

Cai, Kathryn. 2016. “Bodily significations in an agricultural world: the meanings of materiality in Lorine Niedecker’s New Goose poems,” Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 49.1 (Spring): 119-38.

Dissertation

(Working title) Affective imaginations of adaptation: Asian American and Chinese narratives of embodied modes for navigating contingency