Dr. Ren Haiyan

Curriculum Vitae

Ren Haiyan isAssociate Professor at the English department of Hunan Normal University, Deputy Director of the Humboldt Center for Transdisciplinary Studies, Managing Editor for two academic journals《外国语言与文化》 andJournal of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Secretary to the Chinese English Literature Association. From 2010 till 2011, she worked at Xiamen University as Assistant Professor. She received the doctorate in March 2010 from Nanjing University. From 2007 to 2008, she studied as a visiting student at the University of Washington, Seattle. From 2014 to 2015, she worked as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Address: Foreign Studies College, Room 310

Lushan Road 36, Yuelu District, Changsha, Hunan, China.


a) Monograph

Différance in Signifying Robinson Crusoe (Bern: Peter Lang, 2015).

b) Articles / Book Chapters

1)“Exoticism in Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘Sexy’,”Journal of Foreign Languages and Cultures, 3.2 (2019): 69-76.

2) “Alienation and Perverted Desire at Cross-cultural Borders in Jhumpa Lahir’sInterpreter of Maladies,” Journal of Hunan University of Science & Technology ( Social Science Edition), 22.2 (2019): 46-51.

3) “Play inFriday: Tournier’s Critique of Subject,”Foreign Literature, 1 (2019): 121-127.

4) “Conversion and Correspondence in the Chinese-English Translation of Novels,”Chinese Translators Journal, 4 (2018): 91-97.

5) “Desire and Power in Historical Colonialist Narrative:Foe Revisited, ”Journal of Social Science of Hunan Normal University, 4 (2017): 140-146.

6) “Variations on Subject and Other: Tournier’sFriday as a Re-vision of the Myth of Robinson Crusoe,”Foreign Literatures, 2(2015): 95-102.

7) “On the Significance of Literature in Higher Education,”Journal of Educational Science of Hunan Normal University, 13.4 (2014): 85-88.

8) “Study on Target-Oriented English Writing Course,” Journal of Central South University of Forestry & Technology (Social Sciences), 7.4 (2013): 180-182.

9) “Traditional Chinese Culture Course for English Majors,” Journal of Educational Science of Hunan Normal University, 12.3 (2013): 115-118.

10) “LiteraryCriticism in the Romantic Period,” A History of British Literary Criticism, Nanjing: Nanjing UP, 2012. 108-148.

11) “Robinson Crusoe: A Myth of the Enlightenment Revisited,” Foreign Literature, 5 (2012): 74-81. Later collected in Jiang Daochao and Fang Cheng eds.,English Literature Studies in Chinese Context (Nanjing: Nanjing University Press, 2015).

12) “On the Relation between Representation and Power in Colonialist Context:Foe’s Rewriting of the Robinson Crusoe Myth,” Foreign Literature, 3 (2009): 81-88. Later collected in Wang Shouren ed.,Essays on the History of British Literature (Shanghai: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press, 2013).

13) “Racial Hatred Disguised as Love,” Jiangsu Foreign Language Teaching and Research, (2007): 99-102.

14) “The Awakening of a Solitary Soul: Kate Chopin’sThe Awakening,” Journal of Hunan University of Science and Technology, 10.1 (2007): 110-114.

15) “The Image of Black MiddleClass inSong of Solomon,” Journal of Social Science of Hunan Normal University, 35.5 (2006): 122-125.

16) “American Naturalism,” Journal of Social Science of Hunan Normal University, 32.6 (2003): 97-101.

17) “Moral and Social Reason inWuthering Heights,” Journal of Xiangtan Normal University, 25.5 (2003): 52-55.

18) “An Extraordinary Common Woman,” Journal of Educational Science of Hunan Normal University, 1.5 (2002): 260-262.


1) “About Islands, Archipelagos, and Archipelagic Writing: Alexander von Humboldt’sIsle de Cube, Antilles en général,” Journal of Foreign Languages and Cultures, 3.3 (2019): 2-11.

2) “Early Chaucer,” in Critical Essay onGeoffrey Chaucer, edited by Xiao Minghan, Nanjing: YiLin Press, 2019, 197- 225.

Fellowships and Awards

l 2020 Fellowship from China Scholar Council (University of Alberta)

l 2019-2023 Researchproject“Alexander von Humboldt’s Travel Writing in the Perspective of China”

l 2018 Huang Danian Team Award by the Ministry of Education

l 2018 Outstanding graduate tutor of Hunan Normal University

l 2014-2015Fellowship from China Scholar Council (University of California, Los Angeles)

l 2013-2019Research Project“Re-visions of Robinson Crusoe as a myth”

l 2013-2019Research Project “Diasporic Writings of Jhump Lahiri”

l 2013Academic Elite Fellowship of Hunan Normal University

l 2007-2008Fellowship from China Scholar Council to studyat the University of Washington (Seattle)


     l September 2020 “ Special Issue on Brazil-China”,ABRALIC, Brazil

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