Chris Lee – The Anglophone Eileen Chang

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Richmond Public Library (RPL) as part of its The Joy Of Reading lecture series.

Eileen Chang is widely recognized as one of the most important Chinese writers of the twentieth century, but few people know about her many English language writings. This talk introduces this side of her fascinating career by presenting some recent research on her translation work. Presented by Prof. Chris Lee, Dept. of English, UBC.

Speaker Bio

Chris grew up around Vancouver and went to high school on the North Shore. He graduated from the Honours English Program at UBC and also student critical theory and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. From the West Coast of Canada he moved to the East Coast of the United States to attend graduate school at Brown University. Before writing his dissertation, he spent a year in Beijing taking classes and doing research. He returned to Vancouver in 2006 and took up an appointment as Assistant Professor of English at UBC in 2007. Chris has been a Faculty Fellow of the College since 2007. Chris’ areas of research include Asian North American literatures and cultures, American Studies (with a focus on race/ethnicity and transnationalism), critical and literary theory (especially the Frankfurt School) and aesthetic philosophy.

UBC Resources

Lee, C. (2006). Rethinking Realisms through the Writings of Eileen Chang.  Amerasia Journal32(3), 57-78. [Link]

Lee, C. (2012). The semblance of identity: aesthetic mediation in Asian American literature.  [Link]

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