Julia H Lee

Associate Professor, Asian American Studies
School of Humanities

Ph.D., UCLA, 2005, English

B.A., Amherst College, 1995, English

Email: juliahl1@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
3305 Humanities Gateway
Mail Code: 6900
Irvine, CA 92697

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Asian American literature and culture, African American literature and culture, ethnic literature, twentieth-century American literature
Appointments The University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California at Irvine, 2005-2007
Currently, I am at work on a book manuscript titled "The Racial Railroad." This project examines the prevalence of the train as a setting for scenes of racial formation and conflict in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. I argue that the train has played a formative role in these narratives not only because of its centrality in the histories of communities of color, but also because it acts as a space of compulsory sociability across race, gender, and class, despite the strivings of the state to segregate based on those categories. As such, riding the train often calls into question the relationship between the subject, time, space, and community – all of which are constitutive of how racialized bodies are articulated.
Publications Understanding Maxine Hong Kingston. University of South Carolina Press, 2018.
  “Model Maternity: Amy Chua and Asian American Motherhood.” Global Asian American Popular Cultures. Shilpa Davé, LeiLani Nishime, and Tasha Oren, ed. New York: New York University Press, 2016. 61-73.
  “The Railroad as Message in Maxine Hong Kingston’s China Men and Frank Chin’s ‘Riding the Rails with Chickencoop Slim.’” The Journal of Asian American Studies 18.3 (2015): 265-287.
  “The Chinaman’s Crime: Race, Memory, and the Railroad in Willa Cather’s ‘The Affair at Grover Station.’” Western American Literature 49.2 (2014): 147-170.
  “Rethinking Asian American Literary Studies: A Review Essay of Jodi Kim’s Ends of Empire: Asian American Critique and the Cold War, Caroline Rody’s The Interethnic Imagination: Roots and Passages in Contemporary American Fiction, and Eleanor Ty’s Unfastened: Globality and Asian North American Narratives.” MFS: Modern Fiction Studies 59.1 (Spring 2013): 182-192.
  Interracial Encounters: Reciprocal Representations in African and Asian American Literatures, 1896-1937. New York: New York University Press, October 2011.
  “Estrangement on a Train: Race and Narratives of American Identity,” ELH 75.2 (2008): 345-365.
  “The Capitalist and Imperialist Critique in H. T. Tsiang’s And China Has Hands.” Recovered Legacies: Authority and Identity in Early Asian American Literature. Ed. Floyd Cheung and Keith Lawrence. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 2005. 80-97.
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Last updated 02/25/2018