UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

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Current Student

Lida Zeitlin Wu

Color, aesthetics, theories of transmediality, television, nostalgia, Russian and Soviet literature and visual culture



Lida Zeitlin Wu is a PhD student in Film & Media researching theories of color across media forms. She has an MA in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and a BA from the University of Chicago in Russian Literature and Visual Art. She also has a longterm interest in prose of writer Vladimir Nabokov and its relationship to visual media. Before entering grad school, Lida worked as an English Editor at LEAP, China's bilingual contemporary art magazine.


“Nabokov’s Optical Paintbox: Color in The Real Life of Sebastian Knight.” The Nabokov Online Journal, vol. 18 (Spring 2018)

“Transmedia Adaptation, or the Kinesthetics of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.” Adaptation: the Journal of Literature on Screen Studies, vol. 9, no. 3 (2016)