Eloise Wright

Research Interests: 

My dissertation, entitled ‘Colony of the Mind: Literati and Local Identity in Dali, Yunnan, 1247-1675,’ traces the transformation of the local elite into imperial scholar-gentry after the political incorporation of Yunnan into Chinese empires. I argue that members of elite lineages re-created themselves as imperial literati by acquiring classical literacy, entering the education system, and writing and circulating textual representations of their locality and its history. This project draws together my interests in local history on imperial borderlands, history of the book and other forms of written communication, and the historical trajectories of spatial ideologies and practices.

Research Interests: 

Imperial China

Ming dynasty

Mongol empire

Borderlands history

Comparative colonialism

History of writing and textual practices

Graduate Position: 
PhD Candidate