Laurence Coderre

Chinese Program

Laurence Coderre is a PhD candidate in Chinese, specializing in modern Chinese literature and culture. Before coming to Berkeley, Laurence earned an AB in Music and East Asian Studies from Harvard in 2007 and an AM in Regional Studies--East Asia, also from Harvard, in 2009. Her research focuses primarily on the literature, film, music, and material culture of the Mao and post-Mao periods. Her dissertation, "Consuming Revolution: Yangbanxi as Material Culture of Chinese Cultural Revolution," examines the constellations of things brought together by 'model work' 'tie-ins' and what it meant to 'consume' during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). Additional research interests include socialist realism, postsocialism, thing theory, and disability studies.