Siwen NING first started researches on 19 th century Spanish literature and Spanish poetry of the Romantic Period. Her MA thesis was a comparative study on the poetry and narrative writings of the Spanish poet Enrique Gil y Carrasco. Siwen got her PhD in Hispanic Philology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in 2015. Her PhD thesis, De la China legendaria al declive del Celeste Imperio. La representaci ó n de China y su imagen literaria en la Espa ñ a del siglo XIX (Thesis Cum Laude, January 2015), studies and compares a variety of Spanish literary works about China by writers, diplomats, travelers and journalists throughout the 19th century. Her research areas include imagology and representation of China in European discourses, travel writing about China and literary texts inspired in both ancient and modern China. During the period of her PhD research at UAB, she also specialized in 19th century Spanish short narrative and illustrated press, as she worked as a research member of the GICESXIX, a research group of Spanish short stories of the 19th century.
Siwen Ning is currently a lecturer at East China Normal University, Shanghai. She teaches courses on History of Spanish Literature, History of Latin American Literature, and Chinese-Spanish Translations. She has several publications on the Spanish literature of the 19th Century, and will further focus her research on Spanish literature from the end of the 19th century to the 1920s. She also intends to employ extra-literary approaches and make her research more interdisciplinary by covering such fields as history and anthropology.