Yoon Sun Lee
A.B., Harvard College; Ph.D., Yale University
Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of English; Professor of Engish
My research and teaching span two areas, British eighteenth and nineteenth century prose fiction, and Asian American literature.
My first book, Nationalism and Irony (Oxford UP, 2004), focuses on the complex conservatism of British writers in the period of the French Revolution. My newest book, Modern Minority: Asian American Literature and Everyday Life (Oxford UP, 2012), examines the critique of the everyday in twentieth-century Asian American writing. It argues that Asian American writers came to see the abstract, repetitive, small-scale character of the everyday as an inescapable aspect of modernity and also as a phenomenon of particular significance to their own minority status.
I have also published articles on the theoretical writings of Georg Lukacs, on literary realism, and other subjects. My new project will address the British Romantic novel and the idea of aesthetic knowledge.
I regularly teach the British eighteenth-century novel and Asian American literature. I have also taught courses on literary theory at different levels of the curriculum: as a combined Writing 125/English 122 course on narrative theory, as an English 282 course on realism, as well as English 382, our criticism course. I also teach American Studies 151, The Asian American Experience. I am interested in how literary theory can provide a platform from which to see the connections between disciplines and between different bodies of literature.
I am actively involved in professional organizations such as the Asian Americans in New England Research Initiative, the Asian American Studies Association, as well as the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism and the Modern Language Association.