Dr. Lara Yuyu Yang

ERC-Project “READCHINA: The Politics of Reading in the People's Republic of China”
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Mailing Address:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg   
Institut für Sinologie
Werthmannstraße 12
79098 Freiburg, Germany

Belfortstr. 18 (VH), Room 03 006
79098 Freiburg, Germany

Tel.: +49 761 203-97673
E-Mail: yuyu.yang@sinologie.uni-freiburg.de


Research Interests

History of books

Politics and practices of reading

Cultural Studies

Material Culture


Work Experience


Postdoctoral Researcher, READCHINA, University of Freiburg Project: “Second-hand Book Reading in the PRC”




PhD, Centre of Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies, SOAS, University of London

Thesis: “Archaism as Cultural Distinction: Woodblock Book Publishing During the Mao Era 1949-1976”


Postgraduate Diploma, Asian Art, SOAS, University of London


Master of Art, Cultural Studies,

Centre of Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies, SOAS, University of London


Bachelor of Art, Japanese Language and Literature, Nanjing University



‘Archaistic Perfection: the Production of the Woodblock-Printed Edition of The Communist Manifesto in 1970s China’. East Asian Publishing and Society, 9 (2019), pp. 151-189 (forthcoming).

‘Book Review Robert Culp, The Power of Print in Modern China: Intellectuals and Industrial Publishing from the End of Empire to Maoist State Socialism (New York: Columbia University Press, 2019)’. The PRC History Review Book Review Series, no. 11, September 2019.


Conferences and Presentations

“Reading Practices in the People’s Republic of China”, READCHINA opening conference, Freiburg, October 2020 (forthcoming)

“Searching for, Circulating and Analysing Textual Objects in Chinese Studies: Discussions with Academics and Collectors”, READCHINA and Tsinghua workshop, Beijing, March 2020 (forthcoming)

“The Production of the Woodblock-Printed Edition of The Communist Manifesto”, the New Perspectives on China’s Socialist History workshop, Freiburg, April 2019.

“Chinese Grassroots Reading across Time”, the AAS 2019 Annual Conference, Denver, March 2019

“Archaism in Book Culture in the Mao Era”, the AAS 2018 Annual Conference, Washington, March 2018

“A Literary and Visual Experiment: The Multiple Editions of Let One Hundred Flowers Blossom Written by Guo Moruo”, the AAS 2017 Annual Conference, Toronto, March 2017

“The Woodblock Printed The Communist Manifesto’, the CCLPS Graduate Conference Book History Beyond the Book, SOAS, University of London, June 2016

“A Contradicting Practice: Socialist Classification of Publication”, AAS 2016 Annual Conference, Seattle, March 2016



Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Institut für Sinologie
Werthmannstraße 12
D-79098 Freiburg i. Br.

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