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Meera Lee

Meera Lee

Assistant Professor, Korean; Korean Program Coordinator
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

313 HB Crouse Hall


Professor Lee teaches Korean cinema, contemporary Korean literature and culture, as well as Asian American studies. Her publications include journal articles and book chapters about Korean cinema, Korean emotion and subjectivity, a new direction of Asian studies, and postcolonial studies. She is currently completing a book, titled That Korean Emotion: Han, Maladies, and the Unspeakable, which examines the Korean sentiment of han—a term meaning sorrow or grief—and its relationship to traumatic events and aftereffects of those in the Korean context. Professor Lee was awarded a research fellowship from the Academy of Korean Studies and a grant from the Central New York Humanities Mellon Corridor. She is also an awardee of the 6th Rising Stars in Korean Studies funded by the Korea Foundation and sponsored by the Korean studies centers of USC and UCLA. She held a vising scholar appointment at Society for the Humanities at Cornell University in 2013-4. 

Research and Teaching Interests

Korean cinema, contemporary Korean literature and culture, Asian American narratives, Asian diaspora, trauma, emotion, comparative postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality, psychoanalysis and critical theory.


Korean Cinema Today

Korean Popular Culture, Media and Films

Reading Modern and Contemporary Korean Literature

Trauma and Haunting in East Asian Literature and Cinema

Culture Industry in East Asia

Trans-Pacific Identity: Memory, Representation and Trauma

Introduction to Asian/Asian American Studies

Reading the Other Asia(s)

Asian American Literature and Film Since 1980s

Intermediate Korean Language


  • Ph.D., English (with comparative studies on Korean gender and sexuality), Dankook University (Seoul, Korea), 2005
  • M.A., American Studies, University of Oregon, 1999
  • B.A. Hons., English, Dankook University (Seoul, Korea), 1997


  • Assistant Professor of Asian/Asian American Studies, Department of LLL, 2013-
  • Faculty Fellow in the Humanities, 2011-3
  • Affiliated Faculty in Asian/Asian American Studies, 2010-present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of English, 2008-11
  • Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellow, Department of English,2005-6


That Korean Emotion: Han, Maladies, and the Unspeakable (in progress)

Who’s Afraid of Hemingway Men: Deconstructing Masculinity (Seoul: Doing-In, 2006): originally titled in Korean 『누가 헤밍웨이 남성을 두려워 하는가?』

Articles in Referred and Peer-reviewed Journals

“Psychoanalysis as ‘Imaginary Ethnography’ in East Asian Studies.” VERGE: Studies in Global Asias 1.1. (Spring 2015): 69-73. 

“‘Doing’” Theory In and About East Asia: Transgression and Translation” the Special Issue  of Problematizing East Asia. Tamkang Review (forthcoming in June, 2016)

Book Chapters

“Encore!: Trauma and Counter-memory in Kim Ki-duk’s Time” in Psychoanalyzing Cinema: Lacan, Deleuze and Zizek. ed. Jan Jagodzinski (Palgrave, 2012): 89-110.

“The Meaning of The Han in Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost.” Festschrift for Professor Ahn (Seoul: Doing-in, 2007): 85-109.

Articles in Non-Academic Journals

“Forgotten History, Forgotten Film: Jang Sun-woo’s A Petal” in Stone Canoe: a journal of arts, literature and social commentaries 7 (2013);


The Korean translation of chapter 5 “Replacement Children: The Transgenerational Transmission of Traumatic Loss” of Gabriele Schwab’s Haunting Legacies: Violent Histories and Transgenerational Trauma. (Columbia UP, 2010);「대체된 아이들:트라우마적 상실의 세대적 물림 」in 21st Century Literature 16, no. 4 (Winter 2012): 26- 45.