About Dr Yixu Lu

Dr Yixu Lu’s research interests include: German literature and culture in the 18th and 19th centuries, Nationalism and Empire in 19th century Germany, German colonialism in Asia and contemporary German culture and society.

Dr Yixu Lu’s research work concentrates on the following areas: 1) the representation of women in 19th century German literature in the context of two fundamental aspects of social and cultural change in Europe: firstly, the search for new, experimental social and political models in the wake of the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and the revolutionary crises of 1830 and 1848; secondly, the tensions and controversies surrounding the changing role of women in German society during these times of radical political and social change; 2) the adaptations of Greek myth in German literature from the late 18th century till the present, exploring issues relating to the representation of racial and gender stereotypes and cultural conflicts and examining how German literary culture dealt with the problem of otherness in such different periods of European history; 3) German colonialism in China: Dr Lu is currently working on an ARC discovery project about Germans in China from the late 19th to the early 20th century (together with Professor David Goodman). She recently completed another ARC discovery project on Colonial Interactions in the former German colony of Qingdao in China (also with Professor Goodman); 4) the study of the canonical writer Heinrich von Kleist.

Dr Lu is currently supervising PhD and Research Masters projects on German colonialism in China and contemporary German literature.

Selected publications

  • Yixu Lu: Frauenherrschaft im Drama des frühen 19. Jahrhunderts [States ruled by women in German dramas of the early 19th century. Munich 1993, 234pp
  • Yixu Lu: Medea unter den Deutschen. Wandlungen einer literarischen Figur. Freiburg i Br.: Rombach 2009, 270pp.
  • Yixu Lu (ed., with Sun Lixin): Zhimin Zhuyi yu Zhongguo Jindai Shehui (Coloialism and modern Chinese society). Beijing: Renmin Chubanshe 2009
Recent Journal Articles
  • Yixu Lu (with Anthony Stephens): “’Gewaltig die Natur im Menschen’. Affekte und Reflexivität der Sprache in Kleists vollendeten Trauerspielen“, in: Kleist-Jahrbuch 2008/2009, Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler, pp. 214-231
  •  Yixu Lu: “Erinnerung und Tragik in Grillparzers ‚Das Goldene Vließ’“, in:  Limbus. Australisches Jahrbuch für Germanistische Kulturwissenschaft 2008. Freiburg i.Br.: Rombach Verlag, pp. 85-97.
  • Yixu Lu: “Germany’s war in China: media coverage and political myth”, in: German Life and Letters (61:2), 2008, pp. 202-214.
  •  Yixu Lu: “German Colonial Fiction on China: The Boxer-Uprising 1900-1901”, in German Life and Letters (59:1), 2006, pp.78-100.
Recent Book Chapters
  • Yixu Lu: „Das Käthchen von Heilbronn“, in: Ingo Breuer (ed.): Kleist-Handbuch. Leben – Werk – Wirking, Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2009, p. 67-76.
  • Yixu Lu: “Exiled in the Homeland: Heiner Müller’s Medea”, in: Paul Allatson and Jo McCormack (eds.): Exile Cultures, Misplaced Identities. Rodopi: Amsterdam, 2008, pp. 185-204.
  • Yixu Lu: "Germany: Myth and Apologia in Christa Wolf's Novel 'Medea. Voices'", in: Maja Mikula (ed.): Women, Activism and Social Change: Stretching Boundaries, London and New York: Routledge 2005 (= Routledge research in gender and society 10), pp. 198-214.