Kun Xi

Kun Xi

email - k.xi.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Research Title

“Victorian Female Travellers’ Paradoxical Identities and Their Writings of East Asia”

Research Summary

My PhD research focuses on selected British travel writing on Peking in the 1920s and 1930s. Paying particular interests in the long-term residents and the perspectives through which they observed the city, I aim to explore whether and how the state of “living in” would actually affect the gesture those British travel writers mapped out the spatiality of an “Other” space.

More importantly, with a specific focus on individual writers and their works of various genres, I attempt to bring to light the disorderly connections between the western subjects and the eastern space in the early 20th century.

By doing so, the thesis therefore was set out to affirm the theoretical trend which celebrates the “modern cartography” to be interpreted as being scribbled with myriad “micro-powers.” The close reading and analysis of the verbal texts and visualized representations of selected writers was undertaken on the basis of a hypothesis that these narratives altogether help to offer a cartography of the city of Peking as metaphorically heterogeneous.


  • 《史诗之城》The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta by Kushanava Choudhury, China Social Sciences Press(Forthcoming)
  • “Picturing an Aesthetic and Homoerotic Space: Harold Acton’s Travel Writing of China in the 1930s,” Interactions: Ege Journal of British and American Studies, 2 (Forthcoming) MLABibliography Indexed


Grants & Awards

  • Principal’s Early Career Mobility Scheme (University of Hong Kong), 2017


  • “Encountering the Looming Modernity --- British Travel Writing about China from 1912 to 1949,” The Comparing Literary and Cultural Experiences, Fudan University, 2017.
  • “Harold Acton’s Travel writing of Modern China as a Resident-traveller,” Fifteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Imperial College London, 2017.


  • Undergraduate Dissertation Supervisor/Teaching Assistant of Translation Studies, University of Stirling, UK (Modules including: Translation Theories, Practical Translation, Public Service Interpretation, etc.) 2017 – 2019
  • English Tutor at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Strathclyde, UK (Modules including: Academic English Writing) 2018-2019