Renren Yang began his doctoral studies in the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford in the fall of 2011. He was born and raised in Xiangtan, China and received his M.A. and B.A. in English Literature and a B.L. (Double Degree) in Sociology from Peking University. He has been interested in hero and heroism in world literature, theories of authorship, literary genres (especially the novel and the drama), and literature in the age of digital culture. With a concentration on modern and contemporary Chinese literature and culture, his studies also attend to the late 19th and early 20th century British, American and French prose fictions. Currently he is working on a dissertation on the transformation of authorship in contemporary China with the rise of digital and social media.