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Lionel S. Fothergill

Lionel S. Fothergill, M. Lit.

  • SNF-Projektangestellter
  • Doktorand


02/2020 – present University of Zurich | Zurich, Switzerland
PhD: Sinology
Supervisor: Andrea Riemenschnitter, Prof.
Working Title: Transmedial Resemantisations – Myths of the Four Great Novels (Si Da Qishu) of Imperial China in Contemporary Culture  
09/2013 – 12/2016 Nankai University | Tianjin, China
MA: Ancient Chinese Literature (古典文學), Ming-Qing Novels (明清小說方向)
Supervisor: Chen Hong (陳洪), Prof. (教授,博士導师)
Thesis Title: 電視連續劇對《水滸傳》的奇幻情節的接受與改造——以魯智深及神話框架為例 (Reception and Transformation in TV Series of Fantastic Story Elements in the Shuihu zhuan: Lu Zhishen and the Mythological Frame)
09/2012 – 08/2013 Nankai University | Tianjin, China
General studies during exchange year
09/2008 – 08/2012 Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg | Heidelberg, Germany
BA: East Asian Studies (Focus China) + Psychology as minor
Supervisors: Gotelind Mueller-Saini, Prof. Dr.; Ylva Mondschein, Dr.
Thesis Title: Das Shuihu zhuan im Fernsehen - Über die Rezeption mythologischer Elemente des Shuihu zhuan in Fernsehserien (Shuihu zhuan on Television: Reception of Mythological Elements from the Shuihu zhuan in Television Series)


Spring semester 2022 Chinesische Literatur (Vertiefung): Chinesische Fernsehserien
09/2017 – 01/2020 Lecturer | Qiusuo Honors College, Tianjin Foreign Studies University, Tianjin, China
Oral English, English Essay Writing and BA thesis supervision and examination

Research Interests

Cultural tradition; modern mythology; cultural and ideological control; national identity; transmediality


Fothergill, Lionel Sven; Riemenschnitter, Andrea (2021). The Bandit Who Lost His Zen.Transmedial Resemanticizations of Lu Zhishen in TV Drama. In: Noesselt, Nele. Visualized Narratives : Signs, Symbols and Political Mythology in East Asia, Europe and the US. Baden: Tectum Wissenschaftsverlag, 55–70.

Grants and Awards

2021 Grant for self-organized lecture series 2022–23 “Other Epistemologies: Remapping the Literary Field in the Sinosphere” from the PhF Graduate School, University of Zurich
Apr 2020– Swiss National Science Foundation project grant
2013–2016 Chinese Government Scholarship, full scholarship for Masters studies
2012 Exchange scholarship, Heidelberg & Nankai Universities
2010 Outstanding Student Award, College of Chinese Language and Culture, Nankai University
2009 Exchange scholarship, Heidelberg & Nankai Universities