Delphi May

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University of Exeter

Hispanic & Chinese cinema

(MPhil with planned upgrade to PhD)


The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London

One year taught Masters degree in Chinese Studies, encompassing the following modules:

•   Dissertation in the Culture, Languages & Society of China. Title: Growing Pains: trials of unrequited love, unclosed love, and silenced homosexuality in Butterfly and Love Me, If You Can

•   Modern Chinese Film & Theatre (Convenor: Dr Rossella Ferrari). Essays included: 

-"What is the thing that lies beneath the semblance of the thing?" An examination of the emotional and aesthetic value of objects in The Red Detachment of Women 

- Chased by the betwixt and between: an examination of local and (poly)local displacement in Wong Kar Wai's Chungking Express and Happy Together

•   Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora (Convenor: Dr Xiaoning Lu). Essays included: 

 -  The plight of the marginalised: a consideration of how Terrorizers exhibits the gothic concepts of the outsider and liminality via recurring closed spaces

- Eroticising the 'middlebrow': a case for a 'middlebrow' Taiwanese cinema presented in Help Me Eros and The Wayward Cloud 

•   Culture and Society of China (Convenors: Dr Kevin Latham & Dr Jakob Klein). Essays included: 

 - Changing conceptualisations of the 'ideal wife'

 - The rise of the 'individual' in China

•   Chinese Language Special Course 3 (Convenor: Dr Song Lianyi). Assessments included: 

  - December & April oral examinations 

  - Fortnightly assessed oral material

  - December & March in-class written examinations

  - 3000 words (approx) translation project 


University of Exeter (Spanish with English and Mandarin Chinese)

Prominent modules included: 

•   Gender Studies (Convenor: Professor Nuria Capdevila-Argüelles)

•    Modernism & Modernity

•   Film Under Franco (now 'Images of Dissent') (Convenor: Professor Sally Faulkner)

•   Autobiographical Writing (Convenor: Professor Nuria Capdevila-Argüelles)

•   British Screens (Convenor: Dr Phil Wickham)

•   Optional dissertation. Title: "An examination of the figurative use of shrines in the works of Almodóvar, and their relations to liminality, memory, and catharsis." Supervised by Professor Nuria Capdevila-Argüelles


CV: Membership of Professional Bodies/Professional Qualifications


Latin America Studies Association (LASA)