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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 works have appeared and are forthcoming in positions: asia critique, Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary, Verge: Studies in Global Asias and Tamkang Review. She is a co-editor of a special issue of “Reshaping East Asia, Rethinking World Literature” for Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures. She is currently completing a book, titled Sorrowful Feeling: 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 (e.g., melancholy) in the Korean context. Professor Lee was awarded a research fellowship from the Academy of Korean Studies in 2012 and completed her fellowship-in-residence in spring, 2013. As a co-Principle Investigator of the SU-Cornell faculty working group, “Critical Theory and the Global: The Politics of Translation,” she has also received grants from the Central New York Humanities Mellon Corridor since 2013. She held a vising scholar appointment at Society for the Humanities at Cornell University in 2013-4.

Research and Teaching Interests

trauma, memory, affect, gender and sexuality, Korean film, literature and culture, East Asian film, inter-Asian culture, Asian American Studies, comparative postcolonial studies, translation and psychoanalysis


Intermediate Korean Language

Aesthetics and Politics in Korean Cinema

Korean Popular Culture, Media and Politics 

Topics in 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

Reading the Other Asia(s)

Introduction to Asian/Asian American Studies

Asian American Literature and Film Since 1980s


  • Ph.D., English (with comparative studies on Korean gender and sexuality), Dankook University (Seoul, Korea), 2005


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


Sorrowful Feeling: Han, Maladies, and the Unspeakable (near completion)

Crisis of the Korean Female Subject: Women, Writing, and Arts (research in progress)

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

Articles in Referred and Peer-reviewed Journals

“Humanity and Monstrosity in Bong Joon-Ho’s The Host.” positions: asia critique (accepted & forthcoming)

“Sorrowful Feeling: Han, Maladies, the Unspeakable.” Special Issue on Korea, Telos (accepted & forthcoming; Fall issue, 2018)

“Reshaping East Asia, Rethinking World Literature” (Introduction to the Special Issue of East Asian Literature, co-written). Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures 

70.3 (Fall 2016): 109-111

“Doing” Theory In and About East Asia: Transgression and Translation,” the Special Issue of “Problematizing East Asia,” Tamkang Review 46.2 (June, 2016): 3-22.

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

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.

Grants, Fellowships & Scholarships

The Central New York Humanities Corridor Grant funded by the Mellon Foundation (on-going): $2500 (2017); $2500 (2016); $3000 (2015); $3000 (2014); $3000 (2013)   

The Academy of Korean Studies Research Fellowship 2012; Fellow-in Residence (Dec, 2012 - March, 2013)

Korean Government Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dankook University, 2005

On-going Projects

“Critical Theory and the Global: The Politics of Translation”; Co-Principle Investigator and Project Leader of the Faculty Working Group, funded by the Central New York Mellon Humanities Corridor (with Brett de Bary and Naoki Sakai from Cornell);