Wen-chi Li


Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


Research Interests:

Taiwanese literature in relation to Sinophone studies, postcolonialism, animal studies, queer theory, feminism, ecocriticism, comparative and world literature, and translation practice and theory.


Current Projects:

Terribly Sorry for My Existence: Queer Melancholia, Modernity, and Suicide


Recent Publications: 

Edited Volumes

Taiwanese Literature as World Literature. Co-edited with Pei-yin Lin. London: Bloomsbury, 2023.

同在一個屋簷下:同志詩選 [Under the Same Roof: A Poetry Anthology for the LGBTQ]. Co-edited with Shen-shen and Huang Kang. Taipei: Dark Eyes Ltd, 2019.

Edited Magazine

台灣新生代特集 [An Anthology of Taiwanese Poets Born in the 1980s], in 聲韻詩刊 [Voice and Verse Poetry Magazine], nos. 34/35 (February and April 2017).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

1.      “The Idea of Sacredness in Yang Mu’s Hua-lien Poems.” 台灣文學學報 [Bulletin of Taiwanese Literature], no. 38 (June 2021): 109–38. doi: 10.30381/BTL.202106_(38).0004.

2.      “Transgressing Hegemonic Discourses: Yang Mu, the Poet-Historian, and His Minor Narratives.” Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, no. 41 (2021): 159–89. https://www.jstor.org/stable/27002738.

3.      “Can the Young Adults Speak? Poetry from the Sunflower and Umbrella Movements.” Forum: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts, no.30 (2020): 1–14. http://journals.ed.ac.uk/forum/article/view/4478/6057.

4.      “楊牧作品中的「花蓮神話」” [Hua-lien Mythology in Yang Mu’s Works]. 人社東華 [Dong Hwa Journal of Humanities and Social Science Online], no. 8 (2015), http://journal.ndhu.edu.tw/category/2015/2015-q4/page/2/.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

“Everything Everywhere All at Once: Representation of New Taiwan in Egoyan Zheng’s Science Fiction.” In Taiwan Literature in the 21st Century, edited by Chia-rong Wu and Ming-ju Fan, 95­–108. Berlin: Springer, 2023. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-8380-1_7.

“Made in Taiwan: Reading Chiu Miao-chin’s Lesbian Tales as World Literature.” In Taiwanese Literature as World Literature, edited by Pei-yin Lin and Wen-chi Li, 171–87.  London: Bloomsbury, 2023.

Conference Proceedings

“Becoming an Animal: The Ontological, Ethical and Aesthetic Perspectives on Yang Mu’s Animal Poems.” In 向具象與抽象航行:楊牧文學論集 [Sailing to the Abstractness: Yang Mu Conference Proceedings], edited by Hsu Yu-fang. Taipei: Student Book, 2021.

“山勢氣象:論楊牧的詩歌與自傳散文《奇萊前書》” [The Spirit of Mountains: On Yang Mu’s Poems and His Autobiography The First Book of Mount Qilai]. In 美的辯證:楊牧文學論輯 [Aesthetic Dialectic: Yang Mu Conference Proceedings], edited by Hsu Yu-fang, 89–113. Taipei: Student Book, 2019.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Yang Mu.” The Encyclopedia of Taiwan Studies. London: Brill, forthcoming in 2023.

“Chen Li.” The Encyclopedia of Taiwan Studies. London: Brill, forthcoming in 2023.

“Qiu Miaojin.” The Encyclopedia of Taiwan Studies. London: Brill, forthcoming in 2023.

English Translations with Colin Bramwell

  • Entire Poetry Collection

Chen Ko-hua. Decapitated Poetry. London: Seagull Books, 2023.

Selected Single Literary Pieces

Chen Xue. “A Nonexistent Thing,” in Queer Taiwanese Literature: A Reader, edited by Howard Chiang, 217–29. New York: Cambria, 2021.

Yang Mu. Selections from the Poetry of Yang Mu. Comparative Critical Studies, 16 no. 1 (2019): 84–92.

Yang Mu. Eighteen Poems in Hawk of the Mind, edited by Michelle Yeh and Göran Malmqvist. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018.

Yang Mu. Selected Eight Poems. Renditions, no. 84 (Autumn 2015): 114–31.

Yang Mu. “St Petersburg.” Chinese Literature Today 4, no.1 (2014): 71.


Ko-hua Chen. “Come Let Me Teach You How to Love: An Interview with Ko-hua Chen.” Interview by Wen-chi Li and Colin Bramwell. Taiwan Lit. https://taiwanlit.org/reports/come-let-me-teach-you-how-to-love-an-inter....

Chen Yuhong. “Magical Thought: An Interview with Chen Yuhong.” Interview by Wen-chi Li and Colin Bramwell. Taiwan Lit. https://taiwanlit.org/reports/musical-thought-an-interview-with-chen-yuhong.

Sun Wei-min. “Light and Truth in Common Things: An Interview with Sun Wei-min.” Interview by Wen-chi Li and Colin Bramwell. Taiwan Lit. https://taiwanlit.org/reports/light-and-truth-in-common-things-an-interv....

Book Reviews

Rev. of Studying Hong Kong: 20 Years of Political, Economic and Social Developments. The International Journal of Taiwan Studies. International Journal of Taiwan Studies, 2, no. 2 (2019): 394–95.


2023: 2022 Yang Mu Dissertation Award.

2022: 2021 Outstanding Young Poet Award 優秀青年詩人.

2021: Shortlist of the Young Scholar Award (European Association of Taiwan Studies).

2020: Epoch Modern Poetry Award 首屆創世紀現代詩獎.

2018: First Prize in the John Dryden Translation Competition (British Comparative Literature Association).