Dr Fiona Lee

PhD (City University of New York)
Lecturer in English

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2978

Biographical details

Fiona Lee researches and teaches in the fields of postcolonial studies, 20th and 21st-century literature, and cultural studies. Her research explores the history of decolonisation and the cold war in Southeast Asia, with a particular interest in Malaysia and Singapore, through the prisms of literature and the arts. She earned her Ph.D in English and a Women’s Studies Certificate at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) in 2014. At CUNY, she taught literature and writing courses, as well as participated in various digital teaching and learning initiatives. From 2014-2016, she held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cultural Studies at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

Research interests

  • Decolonisation and the Cold War in Southeast Asia
  • Postcolonial/world literature
  • 20th and 21st century literary studies
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Gender and queer studies
  • Cultural studies

Teaching and supervision

Teaching:
Semester 2, 2016

  • ENGL1011 Introduction to Film Studies
  • ENGL6103 Approaches to Global Literatures in English


Supervision
I welcome inquiries from students interested in the following areas:

  • Postcolonial and world literatures
  • Southeast Asian studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Critical theory, particularly in the areas of postcolonial, race/ethnic, gender, and queer studies

Current projects

My book project, Reading Nation in Translation, develops translation as a critical concept for analysing formations of race and nation in the making of Malaysia. Assembling a cultural archive that includes novels, graphic narratives, performance, and visual art, I consider how these works experiment with realist genres and modes of expression in grappling with the persistence of colonialism’s legacy of race in postcolonial modernity. The book conceptualises these experiments with realism as translations of history insofar as they render perceptible, in the realm of artistic representation, historical undercurrents otherwise indiscernible in lived experience. The work of translation performed by these works, I argue, makes legible how race operates as a force of worlding in shaping the postcolonial nation-state.

Selected grants

2017

  • Teaching Literature and Writing in the Digital Age; Hesse I, Rooney B, Johinke R, Yahp B, Lee F, Lilley K; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Lee, F. (2014). Epistemological Checkpoint: Reading Fiction as a Translation of History. Postcolonial Text, 9(1), 1-21. [More Information]
  • Daniels, J., Gold, M., Anderson, S., Boy, J., Cahill, C., Gieseking, J., Gregory, K., Hackett, K., Lee, F., Luttrell, W., et al (2014). The InQ13 POOC: A Participatory Experiment in Open, Collaborative Teaching and Learning. The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, 2014 (5), 1-40. [More Information]
  • Lee, F. (2013). Spectral History: Unsettling Nation Time in 'The Last Communist'. Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, 39(1), 77-95. [More Information]
  • Lee, F. (2012). Review of Cindy Hing-Yuk Wong, 'Film Festivals: Culture, People, and Power on the Global Screen'. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 3, 1-4. [More Information]
  • Lee, F. (2012). Review of Homay King, 'Lost in Translation: Orientalism, Cinema, and the Enigmatic Signifier'. Interventions, 14(2), 319-321. [More Information]
  • Lee, F. (2010). National Ghosts and Global Literature: Review of Vilashini Cooppan 'Worlds Within: National Narratives and Global Connections in Postcolonial Writing'. Reviews in Cultural Theory, 1(2). [More Information]

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Lee, F. (2011). The Frontline of Privatizing Public Higher Education. 28 November 2011. Possible Futures: A Project of the Social Science Research Council. [More Information]

Other

  • Lee, F. (2012), Reading the Transnational in the Local. Or, How the Local Travels: The Case of 'Survival Guide Untuk Kampung Radioaktif'. In Media Res: A Media Commons Project. [More Information]

2014

  • Lee, F. (2014). Epistemological Checkpoint: Reading Fiction as a Translation of History. Postcolonial Text, 9(1), 1-21. [More Information]
  • Daniels, J., Gold, M., Anderson, S., Boy, J., Cahill, C., Gieseking, J., Gregory, K., Hackett, K., Lee, F., Luttrell, W., et al (2014). The InQ13 POOC: A Participatory Experiment in Open, Collaborative Teaching and Learning. The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, 2014 (5), 1-40. [More Information]

2013

  • Lee, F. (2013). Spectral History: Unsettling Nation Time in 'The Last Communist'. Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, 39(1), 77-95. [More Information]

2012

  • Lee, F. (2012), Reading the Transnational in the Local. Or, How the Local Travels: The Case of 'Survival Guide Untuk Kampung Radioaktif'. In Media Res: A Media Commons Project. [More Information]
  • Lee, F. (2012). Review of Cindy Hing-Yuk Wong, 'Film Festivals: Culture, People, and Power on the Global Screen'. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 3, 1-4. [More Information]
  • Lee, F. (2012). Review of Homay King, 'Lost in Translation: Orientalism, Cinema, and the Enigmatic Signifier'. Interventions, 14(2), 319-321. [More Information]

2011

  • Lee, F. (2011). The Frontline of Privatizing Public Higher Education. 28 November 2011. Possible Futures: A Project of the Social Science Research Council. [More Information]

2010

  • Lee, F. (2010). National Ghosts and Global Literature: Review of Vilashini Cooppan 'Worlds Within: National Narratives and Global Connections in Postcolonial Writing'. Reviews in Cultural Theory, 1(2). [More Information]

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