Lin Zou teaches modern Chinese literature and culture. She received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from U.C. Berkeley in 2003 and taught in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University from 2004-2009. Her research and teaching interests center on the constructions of subjectivity n modern and comtemporary Chinese literature and film, commercial culture, and classical Chinese aesthetics. She has completed a book manuscript titled Senseless Subversions—Agency, Affect, and Modernity in Early Twentieth Century Chinese Literature. It explores how critical agency is possible under the modern condition, and examines the role of affect in the construction of critical agency by looking at classical Chinese aesthetics and contemporary theory of affect. Her current project concerns the development of commercial culture in China from the late imperial periods to the present.