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Dr Rita Kelly

Dr Rita Kelly

Teaching Fellow

Teaching Areas

  • French language
  • Language and society in Europe
  • Postcolonial studies and literature
  • English for academic writing
  • English as a global lingua franca

Research Interests

  • French language and francophone cultures
  • Colonial discourse analysis
  • Postcolonial fiction
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Sino-Western and Sino-Indian relations
  • Cultural Studies

Research work

  • Senior Research Assistant to Professor Douglas Kerr in projects on George Orwell and Arthur Conan Doyle

  • PhD thesis title: Constructed meanings and contesting voices – the Opium War in archival, historical and fictional Anglophone narratives


  • Translating the other on more equitable terms – striving to transform Sino-British relations in Timothy Mo’s An Insular Possession (International Symposium on Language, Linguistics, Literature and Education, Osaka, Japan)

  • Cultural differences when teaching French in China (National Conference on teaching French in China, Beijing)

  • Student motivation in learning French (National Conference on teaching French in China, Beijing)

  • Events manager for ‘Siting Postcoloniality’, international conference co-organized by HKU, UC Berkeley, NYU and Oxford University

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