Miss Jingjing Zhao

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


I did my undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature and World Literature in Renmin University of China, from 2007 to 2011. From 2011 to 2012 I did my masters degree in Religion, Theology and Culture at University of Glasgow, Scotland. I also did tutoring in the School of Media, Communication and Journalism in Massey University in 2016, and worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in English at the University of Auckland in 2017.

Research | Current

Doctoral Thesis: Emily Brontë and Four Romantic and Post-Romantic Writers

— Intellectual Trends in 19th-Century Europe

Supervisor: Prof. Joanne Wilkes

My thesis looks at the intellectual and philosophical aspects of Emily Brontë’s writings in the 19th-century European literary and cultural context, through the comparisons of her works with those of four other Romantic and Victorian authors – the German Romantics Hölderlin and Novalis, and the English Victorians Tennyson and Arnold.

The main texts the thesis deals with include Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (1847), her poems, and the Belgian essays (1842), Hölderlin’s Hyperion (1797-1799), Novalis’s Hymns to the Night (1800), Tennyson’s In Memoriam (1850) and Arnold’s early poems. Apart from having a specific focus on Emily Brontë’s relationship with the European Romantic movement, the thesis also covers topics such as the decline of Christianity in the early Victorian period, the rise of Darwinian discourse in the 19th century, and the transmutation of Romanticism in the Victorian context.

Teaching | Current

ENGLISH 219 Nineteenth-Century Literature, University of Auckland (2017)

219.202. Professional and E-Business Writing, Massey University (2016)



NASSR 2017 Conference Travel Bursary Winner, 2017

Faculty of Arts Research Fund (PBRF), 2016

The University of Auckland Universitas 21 Doctoral Student Mobility Scholarships, 2016

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarship, 2011 – 2012

Outstanding Graduation Paper, 2010

Learning Excellence Scholarship, 2009 – 2010

Areas of expertise

19th-Century British Literature

European Romantic Literature