Gal Gvili received her PhD in Modern Chinese Literature with a concentration in Comparative Literature and Society from Columbia University in 2015. Her current research investigates how modern literature came to be perceived as effective in ushering social change during the late Qing and the Republican era, with an emphasis on interactions between religious thought and literary realism. This work has received support from the Confucius Institute Program for Visiting Scholars of Sinology, the Columbia-Mellon Dissertation Travel Award Fellowship and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University.
More broadly, Professor Gvili works and teaches in early modern, modern, and contemporary Chinese literature, Chinese cinema of all periods, and literary and cultural theory. She is interested in ways in which transnational philosophy, religion, and literature inform national identity and poetics, and draws upon different approaches such as narratology, genre theory, translation studies, the history of emotions and ideas, religious studies, cultural anthropology and postcolonial studies.