Yao Ong



Research Interests: 

Long 19th-century to the present; theory, style, genre, forms


I received my BA with High Honors from Wesleyan University, where I majored in English Literature and the College of Letters (European Literature, Philosophy and History from Antiquity to the present). I'm interested in the kinds of labor involved in the making of aesthetic experiences and how different kinds of labor are aesthetic experiences in themselves. As a young graduate student, I've also been thinking about imposter syndrome as an affect of nonsovereignty, how "imposterism" and feelings of fraudulence perfuse or are clearly inscribed in literary texts and the structure of academia, and what the different "avant garde" movements in literature can tell us about a possible genealogy of imposterism. I'm also interested in tattoos and related forms of skin art.