Zihan Guo

Chinese Literature

M.A. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania

B.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Zihan Guo 郭子菡 is a Ph.D. student in premodern Chinese literature, focusing on the intersection of literary history and food culture during the Middle Period China. She is interested in exploring the sensory dimensions, gustatory in particular, of poetic discourse. 

Prior to Princeton, Zihan received her B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2020), with a Certificate in Translation and Interpreting Studies. She received her M.A. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania (2022). Her M.A. thesis studies the phenomenon of synesthesia in the Tang and Song dynasties poetics. It explores how the double meaning of taste (as a sensory experience and an aesthetic judgement) connects readers and writers and animates an awareness of physical being itself.