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Department of English Language and Literature

Faculty and Staff Directory

Seulghee Lee

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: English
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-4203
Office: HUO 320
Resources: English Language and Literature
African American Studies
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Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (2014)
B.A., Williams College (2007)

Areas of Specialization

     • African American Literature
     • Blackness / Anti-Blackness
     • Asian American Literature
     • Race / Gender / Sexuality

Recently Taught Courses

     • Theorizing Difference / Theorizing Desire (graduate seminar) (Fall 2019)
     • Afro / Asian Connections in American Culture (Fall 2019)
      • American Literature (Spring 2020, Spring 2019, Fall 2017)
     • Black Feminist Theory (Spring 2020, Spring 2019, Spring 2018)
     • African American Literature Since 1903 (Fall 2018)
     • Introduction to African American Studies (Fall 2018)
     • Minority Affect (graduate seminar) (Spring 2018)
     • Black / Humor (Fall 2017) 

Current Research Projects

     Other Lovings: Queer Love Bonds in Black and Yellow
     Utopian Essence: Positive Affect and the Question of Minoritarian Essentialism


     • “Black Male Studies and Contemporary African American Writing.” In Gender in American Literature and Culture, edited by Jean M. Lutes and Jennifer Travis. Cambridge University Press, 2021.
     • "An Asian Man Who Likes Math: Anti-Asian Misandry and Transformative Hospitality." Tropics of Meta. 13 March 2020.
     • "'Exotic Fagdom': The Baraka of Surplus Love in a Transnational Context." In Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism: Critical Imaginaries for a Global Age, edited by Aparajita Nanda, 69-82. Routledge, 2015.
     • "Ecstatic Blackness." Lute & Drum, No. 2. May 2015.

Selected Conference Papers

    "Asian Maleness and the Right to Opacity." Co-organized seminar (with J. Peter Moore): "The Glissant Variations." American Comparative Literature Association. March 2020. [Canceled due to COVID-19.]
   "'My Greatest Joy is to Foil the Blows': Aimé Césaire, Black Joy, and Diasporic Essence.” Co-organized panel (with Manya Lempert): “Forms of Joy.” Modernist Studies Association. November 2018.
    "Black Adornment / Black Adorno: Anti-Blackness as Negative Dialectics." Seminar: "The Aesthetics of Excess: Baroques, Blackness, and the Will to Adorn." American Comparative Literature Association. March 2018.
    "Inaugurating the Undercommons: Amiri Baraka, Raced Affect, and Black Studies." Comparative Literature conference at the University of South Carolina: "1968 in Global Perspectives." February 2018.
    "Feeling Yellow Flesh in Fanon." Caribbean Philosophical Association. June 2017.
    "Critical Moodiness in/as Blackness." Seminar: "Black Affect and Minor Feelings." Affect Theory Conference at Millersville University: "Worldings, Tensions, Futures." October 2015.
    "Audre Lorde's Technologies of the Flesh." Caribbean Philosophical Association. June 2015. (Awarded the Anna Julia Cooper Prize for best paper by a beginning scholar.)
    "Raciality in/as Positive Affect: Gallimard’s Love-Being in M. Butterfly." Studies in Sexualities Initiative symposium at Emory University: "Race, Indigeneity, Affect." January 2015.
    "The Zen of Black Optimism." Seminar: "Critical Divestment." American Comparative Literature Association. March 2014.
    "From Melancholia to Linsanity: Basketball, Positive Affect, and Racial Ontology." American Studies conference at Humboldt University of Berlin: "Cultures of Basketball." November 2013.

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