Lida Zeitlin Wu is a PhD candidate in the department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago with dual degrees in Russian Literature and Visual Art. Before beginning graduate school, she also worked as an English Editor at LEAP, China’s leading bilingual contemporary art magazine. Lida is primarily interested in the intersection of literary criticism and film/media studies, as seen in hybrid text-image narratives and broader understandings of visual media. Central to her research for years has been the role of color theory in Vladimir Nabokov’s writing, which she hopes to incorporate into her dissertation.  Lida works primarily in the English and Russian traditions, with the occasional foray into Chinese and French. She has a Designated Emphasis in Film and Media, and is also a visual artist—you can check out her work at