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Federico Picerni is a PhD candidate in Chinese literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, in a joint programme with Heidelberg University. His doctoral research project investigates literary production by Chinese migrant workers, with a focus on Beijing’s Picun literature group. He has also been engaged in the translation of contemporary Chinese poetry.

A Proletarian Nora: Discussing Fan Yusu

In 2017, migrant worker Fan Yusu became an overnight sensation in China after publishing her memoir online. Despite the fact that she has produced several more literary works, her artistic production is seldom considered from a literary perspective. To fill this gap, this essay endeavours to analyse some of the main elements that shape Fan’s output, arguing that it is an exemplar of contemporary working-class literature.

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