Seven Senses of the City: Sensory Literary Studies and the Aftertaste of Memory

In her research, Astrid Møller-Olsen employs a framework of sensory literary studies to explore the connections between memory and materiality in contemporary Sinophone fiction from Taipei, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Dr Møller-Olsen engages with themes of scented nostalgia, flavours in fiction, walking as method, literary cartography, the melody of language, gendered cityscapes, metafictional dreams and rhythmic senses of time to study how contemporary cities change the way we think about time, space and memory.
Astrid Møller-Olsen has a doctoral degree in contemporary Chinese literature and is currently working as a lecturer at the Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, Sweden. Current research focuses on theories of sensory literary studies and the spatiotemporal relation between cityscape and memory in contemporary urban Sinophone fiction.