I am a postdoctoral researcher in French nineteenth-century literature and culture, specialising in the work of Émile Zola (1840–1902). Other interests include the body, myth, Medical Humanities, and languages. I have taught poetry, fiction, critical theory, and the adaptation of the novel in both the French and English departments at Birkbeck College (University of London, UK).


PhD: ‘Myths of Empire, Evil, and the Body in Zola’s Rougon-Macquart

MA: Modern French Studies

BA: Literary Studies (English and French)

Other Publications

Wong, K Y, ‘Making and Remaking the History of Medicine with European Languages and Literature’ (blog post 16 February 2024).

Wong, K Y, ‘The Symbiosis of Language(s), Literature, and the Medical Humanities’Open Library of Humanities, 10:1, 2024

Wong, K Y, ‘Fallen Empire: Degeneration in Émile Zola’s La DébâcleThe Polyphony, (blog post 16 December 2021).

Blog Posts


    Part of AHRC project ‘Reading Bodies: Narrating Illness in Spanish and European Literatures and Cultures (1870s to 1960s)’ (1 October 2023 to 31 March 2025).


    Guest editor, ‘The Pathological Body: European Literary and Cultural Perspectives in the Age of Modern Medicine’Open Library of Humanities special issue (2024).


    Organised ‘The Pathological Body from the Mid-Nineteenth Century to the Present: European Literary and Cultural Perspectives’ symposium (IMLR, London, UK, 20 September 2019).


    ‘Sickness and Cure in Émile Zola’s Rougon-Macquart Novels’ (talk during Birkbeck Arts Week (21 May 2019).


    Co-organised ‘Migrating Texts’ translation, adaptation, and subtitling workshops (IMLR, London, UK, 2014–19).


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