Berkeley English Graduate Students

Libby Kao

Libby Kao

Tue 11-12, Fri 1-2

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Conference Papers

"Cold War Intimacies and Critical Selfhood in Zhu Tianxin’s古都The Old Capital and 新黨十九日Nineteen Days of the New Party," North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA) 2021 Annual Conference, May 20-21, 2021, UC Irvine/Online.  

“Dialectics of Nothing: Negation, Queer History, and Revolutionary Becoming in Communist East Asia,” 2020 Post45 Graduate Symposium, February 28-29, 2020, Rutgers University, NJ.

“‘A Calamitous Ending’: Religious Yearning and the New Sincerity in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth,” Return, Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery: The UC San Diego Literature Graduate Conference, April 5-6, 2019, San Diego, CA.

“Queering Productivities of Desire: The Model Minority Myth in Don Lee’s Yellow,” 2018 Association of Asian American Studies Conference, March 29-31, 2018, San Francisco, CA.

Roundtable Presenter, “The Doctor Is Not In: Arts Interventions and the Micropolitics of Asian American Mental Health,” 2017 Association of Asian American Studies Conference, April 13-15, 2017, Portland, OR.


“Reconsidering the Model Minority Myth: Desire and Melancholia in Nina Revoyr’s Southland,Unfound: the Princeton Journal of Asian American Studies, Vol. IV (Fall 2017)

Current Research

My current work experiments with linking the past of mid-20th century Asian Communisms (and anti-Communisms) to the present of transnational Asian North American critique and contemporary Asian Anglophone literature, with particular attention to the affects and lived experience of ideology.

English Department Classes