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Dixon Li

Dixon Li

I am a first-year graduate student in English at the University of Pennsylvania with training as a cultural critic, continental philosopher, poet, dancer, performance maker, and healer (yoga & death doula). I graduated from Princeton University in 2014 with a BA in English (summa cum laude, phi beta kappa) and minors in African-American Studies & American Studies. From 2014-2016 I was a Marshall Scholar in London where I completed MA's in Writing in the Modern age at Queen Mary (2015) and an MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths (2016). At Penn I am pursuing graduate certificates in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies & Cinema Studies. I work primarily in the 20th and 21st centuries and specialize in critical race studies, poetry & poetics, performance studies, dance, film studies, psychoanalytic theory, continental philosophy, postcolonialism, aesthetics, and queer and feminist theories. 

Previous writing projects have included a study of skin in the works of Toni Morrison, Theresa Cha, & Beyoncé Knowles; Larry Eigner & architecture; corporeal rhetoric and poetics in Israel/Palestine; entanglement as ethics and method in performance making; and genres of desire. Most recently I have performed in and/or created performance pieces for OpenFlr (Florence, 2016), The Master's Festival Goldsmiths University (London, 2016), Festival Danse Directe Butoh (Normandy, 2015), and Claudia Castellucci's 'Essercitazione Ritmiche' in the Venice Biennale (Venice, 2015). In the summer of 2018 I will choreograph for Delaware Shakespeare's production of Much ado about nothing. I co-coordinate the English Department's Gender and Sexuality reading group for the 2018-2019 academic year.