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Sung-Ae Lee's major research focus is on fiction, 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 and imagological approaches to adaptation studies, Asian popular culture, Asian cinema, the impact of colonisation in Asia, Trauma Studies, fiction 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 narrative fictions which depict 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) and a BA in English (Ewha Women's University).

Her teaching mainly involves INTS101 Asia in the Global Context, INTS205 Screening Asia, and INTS307 Global Circulation of Asian Popular Culture.

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Research Outputs

SOCIETY IS A FAMILY: social exclusion and social dystopia in South Korean films

Lee, S-A., Mar 2020, Asian children's literature and film in a global age: local, national, and transnational trajectories. Wilson, B. & Gabriel, S. P. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 71-88 18 p. (Asia-Pacific and Literature in English).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • From anxiety to well-being: openings and endings of children's films from Japan and South Korea

    Lee, S-A. & Stephens, J., 2019, The Palgrave handbook of children's film and television. Hermansson, C. & Zepernick, J. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 167-186 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Memory, trauma and history: fairy-tale film in Korea

    Lee, S-A., 2019, The fairy tale world. Teverson, A. (ed.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 356-367 12 p. (The Routledge Worlds).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Social ecology and ecological knowledge in South Korean ecocinema

    Lee, S-A., Oct 2019, In : Asian cinema. 30, 2, p. 187-203 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Supernatural serials as social critique in recent South Korean television

    Lee, S-A., Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Series: International Journal of TV Serial Narratives. 5, 2

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    Metanarratives of Gender in Transnational Film Remakes

    Sung-Ae Lee (Speaker)
    25 May 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation