Seminar on Comparative Law and Literature Course Development with CECS Guest Researcher Yanfang Zhou

All interested parties are kindly invited to participate in CECS guest researcher Yanfang Zhou’s seminar on her comparative law and literature course development project.

The object of the project is to develop a Law and Literature course with a comparative perspective. She will introduce a full course syllabus on the seminar, but focus her presentation on two Chinese works, one ancient classic The Orphan of Zhao and one popular of recent time The Story of Qiuju, to illustrate literary representation of legal themes and do comparative analysis with Western works.

The Orphan of Zhao, a thirteenth-century Chinese drama set in the background of the Spring and Autumn period (770-476 BC), is generally considered the best-known drama of revenge in Chinese literature, and is the first Chinese play to be translated into a European language. The Story of Qiuju is a 1992 prize-winning “comedy-drama” film set in modernizing China. It tells the story of a peasant woman seeking for justice in the legal system.

Discussants at the seminar are: Professor Ditlev Tamm, Professor Helle Porsdam and Professor Russell L. Dees.

Head of CECS, Professor Hanne Petersen, will act as chair of the seminar.

NOTE! Program and materials will be provided in advance through registered email addresses.


For participation in the seminar please use this registration form no later than 26 March 2019 , 11:00. 

Yanfang Zhou

Yanfang Zhou is a guest researcher with CECS for the period from August 2018 to July 2019. She is a lecturer at her home institute, School of Foreign Languages, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China, where she has been teaching since 2012. Her research interests include legal culture and law & literature. She conducted research on public participation in environmental impact assessment at Danish Institute for Human Rights in 2009. She worked as a project attorney at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Beijing office from 2006 to 2007. She received her Ph.D. from Wuhan University Law School, China, in 2010, her LL.M. from Harvard Law School, US, in 2006, and her B.A. from Faculty of Foreign Languages, Chongqing Architecture and Civil Engineering University, China, in 1999.