Associate Professor Yixu Lu

Dr. Phil., MA (Regensburg); BA (Beijing).
Associate Professor
Acting Head, School of Languages and Cultures

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3293

Biographical details

After obtaining her first degree at the Peking University, Yixu Lu spent seven years as a postgraduate at the Universität Regensburg, specialising in German Literature and Modern European history. Her doctoral dissertation there was on German drama of the early nineteenth century. She came to Australia as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and has taught at the Universities of Adelaide, Melbourne and UTS. She has held an Alexander von Humboldt-Fellowship at the Universität zu Köln (2002-2003, 2008) and a guest professorship at the Chinese Ocean University, Qingdao (2007-2009).

Research interests

Yixu Lu's main research interest is modern German literature and history. Her research work concentrates on the following areas: 18th-20th century German literature; German colonialism and nationalism, Greek myth in German literature and contemporary German culture and society.

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • German Literature from the Enlightenment to the Present
  • German history and society of the 19th century
  • Myth and literature
  • Contemporary German culture and society

Supervision

  • German literature from 18th century to the present
  • Heinrich von Kleist
  • German colonialism in China
  • Myth and literature
  • Women in German literature of the 18th and 19th century
  • Media and culture in 20th century Germany
  • German missionaries in Australia

Current projects

Her current research includes a book project on Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) and two ARC projects on German colonialism in China in conjunction with Professor David Goodman (China Studies Centre): Germany in China: Colonial Interactions, Qingdao 1897-1914 examines the contemporary record of Chinese-German interaction in the former German colony, so as to assess different facets of Qingdao's subjugation by Germany as an atypical example of colonialism and its impact on Chinese nationalism; Colonial Cosmopolitanism and Chinese Modernity: German cultural and economic adventurers in China 1875-1937 focuses on the life histories of Germans who lived in China in the context of colonial cosmopolitanism.

Selected grants

2012

  • Writing the World - Transnationalism in Literary Studies; Bandhauer A, Borghesi F, Christie W, Cowan R, Dixon R, Giles P, Karalis V, Kirkpatrick P, Lu Y, Minter P, Morgan P, Parsons N, Rooney B, Suter R, Walsh A; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2010

  • Constellations of Knowing in the works of Heinrich von Kleist. (Wissensfiguren bei Heinrich von Kleist); Lu Y; Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation/Conference Grant.

2009

  • Colonial Cosmopolitanism and Chinese Modernity: German Economic and Cultural Adventures in China 1870-1937; Goodman D, Lu Y; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2008

  • Colonial Cosmopolitanism and Chinese Modernity: German economic and Cultural Adventurers in China 1870 - 1937; Goodman D, Lu Y; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Lu, Y. (2009). Medea unter den Deutschen: wandlungen einer literarischen Figur. Freiburg i. Br., Germany: Rombach Verlag.
  • Lu, Y. (1993). Frauenherrschaft im Drama des frühen 19. Jahrhunderts. Munchen: Iudicium Verlag.

Edited Books

  • Lu, Y., Stephens, A., Lewis, A., Vosskamp, W. (2012). Wissensfiguren im Werk Heinrich Von Kleists. Freiburg, Germany: Rombach Verlag.
  • Lu, Y., Sun, L. (2009). Zhimin Zhuyi yu Zhongguo Jindai Shehui [Colonialism and modern Chinese Society]. Beijing, China: People's Publishing House.

Book Chapters

  • Lu, Y. (2014). Germans and the Death-Throes of the Qing: Mo Yan's The Sandalwood Torture. In Nina Berman, Klaus Mühlhahn, Patrice Nganang (Eds.), German Colonialism Revisited: African, Asian, and Oceanic Experiences, (pp. 271-283). Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.
  • Lu, Y. (2013). Tsingtau. In Jürgen Zimmerer (Eds.), Kein Platz an der Sonne: Erinnerungsorte der deutschen Kolonialgeschichte, (pp. 208-227). Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag.
  • Lu, Y. (2012). Die Schule der Fremdenfeindlichkeit - erdichtete China-Reisen um 1900. In Hansjorg Bay, Wolfgang Struck (Eds.), Literarische Entdeckungsreisen: Vorfahren - Nachfahrten - Revisionen, (pp. 307-323). Cologne (Koln), Germany: Bohlau Verlag.
  • Lu, Y. (2012). Handeln, Wissen und Besitz: Alkmene und die Marquise von O.. In Yixu Lu, Anthony Stephens, Alison Lewis, Wilhelm Vosskamp (Eds.), Wissensfiguren im Werk Heinrich Von Kleists, (pp. 77-90). Freiburg, Germany: Rombach Verlag.
  • Lu, Y., Stephens, A. (2012). Vorwort/Introduction. In Yixu Lu, Anthony Stephens, Alison Lewis, Wilhelm Vosskamp (Eds.), Wissensfiguren im Werk Heinrich Von Kleists, (pp. 7-8). Freiburg, Germany: Rombach Verlag.
  • Lu, Y., Goodman, D. (2012). Writing home and China: Elisabeth Frey in Tianjin, 1913-14. In Bryna Goodman and David S G Goodman (Eds.), Twentieth-Century Colonialism and China: Localities, the everyday and the world, (pp. 151-164). Oxon, UK: Routledge.
  • Lu, Y. (2011). Authentizitat und maskerade - Erzahlstrategien in China-Romanen Paul Lindenbergs. In Ortrud Gutjahr and Stefan Hermes (Hg.) (Eds.), Maskeraden Des (Post-)Kolonialismus: Verschattete Repräsentation 'der Anderen' in der deutschsprachigen Literatur und im Film, (pp. 217-240). Wurzburg, Germany: Konigshausen & Neumann.
  • Lu, Y. (2010). The war that scarcely was: the Berliner Morgenpost and the Boxer Uprising. In Michael Perraudin & Jurgen Zimmerer (Eds.), German colonialism and national identity, (pp. 45-56). New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Lu, Y. (2010). Transformations of Medea on the Eighteenth-Century German stage. In Heike Bartel and Anne Simon (Eds.), Unbinding Medea: interdisciplinary approaches to a classical myth from antiquity to the 21st Century, (pp. 148-160). London: Legenda.
  • Lu, Y., Goodman, D. (2009). Jiaxin yu Zhongguo: Elisabeth Frey zai Tianjin 1913-1914 [Letters from China: Elisabeth Frey in Tianjin 1913-1914]. In Yixu Lu, Lixing Sun (Eds.), Zhimin Zhuyi yu Zhongguo Jindai Shehui [Colonialism and modern Chinese Society], (pp. 128-158). Beijing, China: People's Publishing House.
  • Lu, Y. (2008). Exiled in the homeland: Heiner Müller's Medea. In Paul Allatson & Jo McCormack (Eds.), Exile Cultures, Misplaced Identities, (pp. 173-192). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • Lu, Y. (2007). Die Boxerbewegung in der Popularliteratur. In Mechthild Leutner, Klaus Mühlhahn (Eds.), Kolonialkrieg in China Die Niederschlagung der Boxerbewegung 1900-1901, (pp. 192-198). Berlin: Christoph Links Verlag.
  • Lu, Y. (2005). Germany - myth and apologia in Christa Wolf's novel Medea. Voices. In Mikula, M (Eds.), Women, Activism and Social Change, (pp. 198-214). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Lu, Y. (2005). Geschichte und Fiktion: Der Boxer-Aufstand in der zeitgenossischen deutschen Kolonialliteratur. In Hans-Gert, Roloff (Eds.), Akten des XI. Internationalen Germanistenkongresses Paris 2005, Germanistik im Konflikt der Kulturen, (pp. 229-234). Bern: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Lu, Y. (2004). Der Sinn Des "Heiligen" in Kleists "Penthesilea". In Lothar Jordan (Eds.), Beitrage Zur Kleist-Forschung 2003, (pp. 143-163). Germany: Kleist Museum.
  • Lu, Y. (2002). Die Problematische Katharsis: Lauterungsprozesse Im Werk Heinrich Von Kleists. In Peter Ensberg, Hans-Jochen Marquardt (Eds.), Kleists Beitrag zur Asthetik der Moderne, (pp. 171-182). Stuttgart: Verlag Hans-Dieter Heinz.

Journals

  • Lu, Y. (2014). The Boxers in Contemporary Chinese and German Fiction: Mo Yan and Gerhard Seyfried. Comparative Critical Studies, 11(1), 69-88. [More Information]
  • Lu, Y., Stephens, A. (2009). Gewaltig die natur im menschen: affekte und reflexivität der sprache in kleists vollendeten trauerspielen. Kleist-Jahrbuch 2008/09, , 214-231.
  • Lu, Y. (2008). Erinnerung und Tragik in Grillparzers Das Goldene Vlie-Beta. Limbus: Australisches Jahrbuch für germanistische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft, 2008 (1), 85-97.
  • Lu, Y. (2008). Germany's war in China: media coverage and political myth. German Life and Letters, 61(2), 202-214.
  • Lu, Y. (2006). Exile and Stasis in Heiner Müller's Medea-Adaptation. International Yearbook of Aesthetics, 10, 81-98.
  • Lu, Y. (2006). German Colonial Fiction on China: The Boxer Uprising of 1900. German Life and Letters, 59(1), 78-100.
  • Lu, Y. (2004). Die Spaltung Des Menschlichen Klingers Medea-Dramen und Goethes Iphigenie auf Tauris. Jahrbuch Der Deutschen Schillergesellschaft Internationales Organ fur Neuere Deutsche Literatur.
  • Lu, Y. (2003). Zur Schreibtechnik Kleists Im 'Kathchen Von Heilbronn'. Kleist-Jahrbuch 2003.
  • Lu, Y. (2001). Die Theatralität des Göttlichen: Über Kleists ‚Amphityron‘ [The theatricality of the Divine. On Kleist’s drama „Amphytrion“]. Kleist-Jahrbuch, 2001, 148-159.
  • Lu, Y. (2000). „Mienen sind schlechte Rätsel“: Transparenz und Verschleierung in den Figurenbeziehungen bei Kleist [„The human face poses dark questions“: Transparency and obscuring in Kleist’s characterisation“]. Aurora. Jahrbuch der Eichendorff-Gesellschaft fur die klassisch-romantische Zeit 60, 2000, 45-73.

Reference Works

  • Lu, Y. (2009). Das Käthchen von Heilbronn. In Ingo Breuer (Eds.), Kleist - handbuch: Leben - werk - wirkung. (pp. 67-76). Stuttgart, Germany: Verlag J B Metzler.
  • Lu, Y. (2009). Gewalt und Verbrechen. In Ingo Breuer (Eds.), Kleist - handbuch: Leben - werk - wirkung. (pp. 323-326). Stuttgart: Verlag J B Metzler.

2014

  • Lu, Y. (2014). Germans and the Death-Throes of the Qing: Mo Yan's The Sandalwood Torture. In Nina Berman, Klaus Mühlhahn, Patrice Nganang (Eds.), German Colonialism Revisited: African, Asian, and Oceanic Experiences, (pp. 271-283). Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.
  • Lu, Y. (2014). The Boxers in Contemporary Chinese and German Fiction: Mo Yan and Gerhard Seyfried. Comparative Critical Studies, 11(1), 69-88. [More Information]

2013

  • Lu, Y. (2013). Tsingtau. In Jürgen Zimmerer (Eds.), Kein Platz an der Sonne: Erinnerungsorte der deutschen Kolonialgeschichte, (pp. 208-227). Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag.

2012

  • Lu, Y. (2012). Die Schule der Fremdenfeindlichkeit - erdichtete China-Reisen um 1900. In Hansjorg Bay, Wolfgang Struck (Eds.), Literarische Entdeckungsreisen: Vorfahren - Nachfahrten - Revisionen, (pp. 307-323). Cologne (Koln), Germany: Bohlau Verlag.
  • Lu, Y. (2012). Handeln, Wissen und Besitz: Alkmene und die Marquise von O.. In Yixu Lu, Anthony Stephens, Alison Lewis, Wilhelm Vosskamp (Eds.), Wissensfiguren im Werk Heinrich Von Kleists, (pp. 77-90). Freiburg, Germany: Rombach Verlag.
  • Lu, Y., Stephens, A. (2012). Vorwort/Introduction. In Yixu Lu, Anthony Stephens, Alison Lewis, Wilhelm Vosskamp (Eds.), Wissensfiguren im Werk Heinrich Von Kleists, (pp. 7-8). Freiburg, Germany: Rombach Verlag.
  • Lu, Y., Stephens, A., Lewis, A., Vosskamp, W. (2012). Wissensfiguren im Werk Heinrich Von Kleists. Freiburg, Germany: Rombach Verlag.
  • Lu, Y., Goodman, D. (2012). Writing home and China: Elisabeth Frey in Tianjin, 1913-14. In Bryna Goodman and David S G Goodman (Eds.), Twentieth-Century Colonialism and China: Localities, the everyday and the world, (pp. 151-164). Oxon, UK: Routledge.

2011

  • Lu, Y. (2011). Authentizitat und maskerade - Erzahlstrategien in China-Romanen Paul Lindenbergs. In Ortrud Gutjahr and Stefan Hermes (Hg.) (Eds.), Maskeraden Des (Post-)Kolonialismus: Verschattete Repräsentation 'der Anderen' in der deutschsprachigen Literatur und im Film, (pp. 217-240). Wurzburg, Germany: Konigshausen & Neumann.

2010

  • Lu, Y. (2010). The war that scarcely was: the Berliner Morgenpost and the Boxer Uprising. In Michael Perraudin & Jurgen Zimmerer (Eds.), German colonialism and national identity, (pp. 45-56). New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Lu, Y. (2010). Transformations of Medea on the Eighteenth-Century German stage. In Heike Bartel and Anne Simon (Eds.), Unbinding Medea: interdisciplinary approaches to a classical myth from antiquity to the 21st Century, (pp. 148-160). London: Legenda.

2009

  • Lu, Y. (2009). Das Käthchen von Heilbronn. In Ingo Breuer (Eds.), Kleist - handbuch: Leben - werk - wirkung. (pp. 67-76). Stuttgart, Germany: Verlag J B Metzler.
  • Lu, Y. (2009). Gewalt und Verbrechen. In Ingo Breuer (Eds.), Kleist - handbuch: Leben - werk - wirkung. (pp. 323-326). Stuttgart: Verlag J B Metzler.
  • Lu, Y., Stephens, A. (2009). Gewaltig die natur im menschen: affekte und reflexivität der sprache in kleists vollendeten trauerspielen. Kleist-Jahrbuch 2008/09, , 214-231.
  • Lu, Y., Goodman, D. (2009). Jiaxin yu Zhongguo: Elisabeth Frey zai Tianjin 1913-1914 [Letters from China: Elisabeth Frey in Tianjin 1913-1914]. In Yixu Lu, Lixing Sun (Eds.), Zhimin Zhuyi yu Zhongguo Jindai Shehui [Colonialism and modern Chinese Society], (pp. 128-158). Beijing, China: People's Publishing House.
  • Lu, Y. (2009). Medea unter den Deutschen: wandlungen einer literarischen Figur. Freiburg i. Br., Germany: Rombach Verlag.
  • Lu, Y., Sun, L. (2009). Zhimin Zhuyi yu Zhongguo Jindai Shehui [Colonialism and modern Chinese Society]. Beijing, China: People's Publishing House.

2008

  • Lu, Y. (2008). Erinnerung und Tragik in Grillparzers Das Goldene Vlie-Beta. Limbus: Australisches Jahrbuch für germanistische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft, 2008 (1), 85-97.
  • Lu, Y. (2008). Exiled in the homeland: Heiner Müller's Medea. In Paul Allatson & Jo McCormack (Eds.), Exile Cultures, Misplaced Identities, (pp. 173-192). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • Lu, Y. (2008). Germany's war in China: media coverage and political myth. German Life and Letters, 61(2), 202-214.

2007

  • Lu, Y. (2007). Die Boxerbewegung in der Popularliteratur. In Mechthild Leutner, Klaus Mühlhahn (Eds.), Kolonialkrieg in China Die Niederschlagung der Boxerbewegung 1900-1901, (pp. 192-198). Berlin: Christoph Links Verlag.

2006

  • Lu, Y. (2006). Exile and Stasis in Heiner Müller's Medea-Adaptation. International Yearbook of Aesthetics, 10, 81-98.
  • Lu, Y. (2006). German Colonial Fiction on China: The Boxer Uprising of 1900. German Life and Letters, 59(1), 78-100.

2005

  • Lu, Y. (2005). Germany - myth and apologia in Christa Wolf's novel Medea. Voices. In Mikula, M (Eds.), Women, Activism and Social Change, (pp. 198-214). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Lu, Y. (2005). Geschichte und Fiktion: Der Boxer-Aufstand in der zeitgenossischen deutschen Kolonialliteratur. In Hans-Gert, Roloff (Eds.), Akten des XI. Internationalen Germanistenkongresses Paris 2005, Germanistik im Konflikt der Kulturen, (pp. 229-234). Bern: Peter Lang Publishing.

2004

  • Lu, Y. (2004). Der Sinn Des "Heiligen" in Kleists "Penthesilea". In Lothar Jordan (Eds.), Beitrage Zur Kleist-Forschung 2003, (pp. 143-163). Germany: Kleist Museum.
  • Lu, Y. (2004). Die Spaltung Des Menschlichen Klingers Medea-Dramen und Goethes Iphigenie auf Tauris. Jahrbuch Der Deutschen Schillergesellschaft Internationales Organ fur Neuere Deutsche Literatur.

2003

  • Lu, Y. (2003). Zur Schreibtechnik Kleists Im 'Kathchen Von Heilbronn'. Kleist-Jahrbuch 2003.

2002

  • Lu, Y. (2002). Die Problematische Katharsis: Lauterungsprozesse Im Werk Heinrich Von Kleists. In Peter Ensberg, Hans-Jochen Marquardt (Eds.), Kleists Beitrag zur Asthetik der Moderne, (pp. 171-182). Stuttgart: Verlag Hans-Dieter Heinz.

2001

  • Lu, Y. (2001). Die Theatralität des Göttlichen: Über Kleists ‚Amphityron‘ [The theatricality of the Divine. On Kleist’s drama „Amphytrion“]. Kleist-Jahrbuch, 2001, 148-159.

2000

  • Lu, Y. (2000). „Mienen sind schlechte Rätsel“: Transparenz und Verschleierung in den Figurenbeziehungen bei Kleist [„The human face poses dark questions“: Transparency and obscuring in Kleist’s characterisation“]. Aurora. Jahrbuch der Eichendorff-Gesellschaft fur die klassisch-romantische Zeit 60, 2000, 45-73.

1993

  • Lu, Y. (1993). Frauenherrschaft im Drama des frühen 19. Jahrhunderts. Munchen: Iudicium Verlag.

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