UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

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Student Profile

Current Student

Lida Zeitlin Wu

color, media theory, aesthetics, television, memory studies and nostalgia, new media



Lida Zeitlin Wu researches the history and theory of color aesthetics and technologies with a focus on digital media. She is particularly interested in the relationship between color and memory after the digital (i.e. how digital color grading can nostalgically simulate or reference outdated color processes such as Technicolor without actually using these technologies).

Lida has an MA in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and a BA from the University of Chicago in Russian Literature and Visual Art. Before entering grad school, she 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)