PhD Student in French

Han Fei

Han Fei is a PhD Candidate in French Literature at the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies of UBC. She holds a Master’s Degree in French Literature with thesis on Baudelaire’s short story La Fanfarlo and the poet’s translations of Edgar Poe’s short stories Les Histoires extraordinaires.

Her doctoral thesis is entitled “L’imaginaire contemporain du mouvement et de la mobilité: de l’écriture migrante québécoise au roman contemporain français”, which aims to compare these two streams of literature in order to examine the common theme of displacement and global mobility: how migrant writers and non-immigrant writers represent the experience of in-betweenness and being in transit; furthermore how this experience is changing our way of relating to space and time, as we move across national borders, linguistic and cultural barriers at accelerating rate.

She has studied in China (Bachelor’s Degree in French Language and Literature, Wuhan University, 2008), France (Paris VII Diderot, 2006-2007) and Canada (Simon Fraser University and The University of British Columbia).

Currently a French-language instructor at Langara College, as well as coordinator of a series of Workshops on Global Mobilities and Cultures held by Dr. Gaoheng Zhang (FHIS, UBC), supported by Faculty of Arts SSHRC Explore Grant.


  • 20th and 21st century migrant literature of Quebec, especially fictional works of Ying Chen and Kim Thuy
  • contemporary French novel: novels of Jean-Philippe Toussaint and Jean Echenoz, the theme of global mobilities and transit space “non-lieux”
  • Mobility Studies: migration, movement and networks
  • Translation Studies
  • 19th century French literature, Baudelaire and cultural theories on modernité

Publications and/or Conference Presentations

  • “Mouvement et mobilité dans l’écriture migrante et le roman contemporain français : Ru et Fuir”, 25th International Conference of  Europeanists on Mobilities, Values and Citizenship, Chicago, March 2018
  • “Anthologizing and Translating Traditional Chinese Literature: a comparison of two North-American anthologies”, at Conference on Regional Identities on a Global Scale: Translation, Audience, Reception, UBC Vancouver, April 2016
  • “La traduction par Baudelaire d’Edgar Poe: une histoire extraordinaire”, UBC FHIS Graduate Student Conference on Metamorphosis, Vancouver, October 2015