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Sung-Ae Lee's major research focus is on literature, film and television drama of East Asia, with particular attention to Korea. Her research centres on relationships between cultural ideologies in Asian societies and representational strategies. She is interested in cognitive approaches to adaptation studies, Asian popular culture, Asian cinema, the impact of colonisation in Asia, Trauma Studies, literature and film produced in the aftermath of the Korean War, and the literature and popular media of the Korean diaspora.

She has two doctoral degrees: a PhD in English Literature (Macquarie University) and a PhD in Asian Studies (Macquarie University). The first of her theses examines representations of utopia/dystopia, nation states, and abjection in society in George Eliot's major fictions. The second thesis (by publication) is a study of Korean literature, film and television drama which depicts how liminal subjectivities are displaced to the social periphery. Her other academic qualifications include an MA in English ([with Merit], University of Sydney), an MA in Linguistics (CSU, Fresno, CA, USA) and a BA in English (Ewha Women's University).

Her teaching mainly involves INTS3030 Visualising Cultures, INTS3020 Language, Literature, Translation: Intercultural Perspectives, INTS7001 Special Topics in International Studies: Languages and Cultures, INTS3050 PACE: International Studies Internship, and MMCC1005 Introduction to the Cinema. 

Research student supervision

PhD supervision

Principal supervisor:

Yue Wang, commenced 2015, awarded 2019. Thesis title: Old Stories Retold: The Adaptation of Traditional Stories in Contemporary Chinese Fantasy Narratives

Sanaz Hamoonpou, commenced 2020, expected to complete 2023. Project title: Iranian Poiesis: A Cine-/Theatrical Creative Identity

Associate supervisor:

Rebekah Peach, commenced 2015, awarded 2020. Thesis title: Power, Place and Perspective: Exploring Subjectivity in 21st Century Fairy Tale Screen Adaptations


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