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  • Publish Date:2016/10/11
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Yu-cheng Lee
  • Position:Distinguished Research Fellow
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  • Mail:yclee@sinica.edu.tw
  • Assistant’s Name:Chia-Chi Tseng
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Yu-cheng Lee

Brief Introduction

    A graduate of the English Department of National Taiwan Normal University, Professor Yu-cheng Lee holds a doctorate in comparative literature from National Taiwan University. He joined Academia Sinica in 1977 and is currently Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of European and American Studies. He was Director of the institute and Editor-in-Chief of EurAmerica: A Journal of European and American Studies from 2002 to 2008. He also holds a joint-appointment as a professor of literature at National Sun Yat-sen University, and is Adjunct Professor at National Taiwan University and National Taiwan Normal University. He was President of the Comparative Literature Association of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 1998-2000, and Director of the Secretariat, Academia Sinica in 1999-2002. In 1998-2002, he served as Convener of the Foreign Literatures Division of the National Science Council, and in 2001-2004 as Advisor to its Department of the Humanities and Social Sciences. He has done research as a visiting scholar at Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, University of East Anglia, Goldsmiths College and School of Oriental and African Studies, both of University of London. He was twice a recipient of the prestigious Award of Excellence from the National Science Council for his research and a three-time recipient of the Award for Outstanding Research, also from the National Science Council. His areas of study include literary theory, cultural studies, Asian/African American literatures, Contemporary British fiction, etc. His more recent publications are In the Tracks of Literary Multiculturalism (2005), In the Age of Theory (2006), Literary Polyvocalism (2006), and Transgression: Towards a Critical Study of African American Literature and Culture (2007). He was editor of four collections of critical essays: Imperialism and Literary Production (1996), Between Literary and Cultural Studies (2006, co-edited with An-chi Wang), Diaspora and Homeland Imagination: Essays in Literary and Cultural Studies (2010, co-edited with Tee Kim Tong), and Beyond Tunnel Vision: Essays on the study of Literature and Visual Culture (2010, co-edited with Pin-chia Feng). Professor Lee is also a poet and an essayist. He has published two collections of poetry: The Bird and Other Poems (1970) and Time (2006), and a collection of personal essays: Before the Statue of Gandhi and Other London Essays (2008). 

EDUCATION

  • B.A., English, 1975 National Taiwan Normal University
  • M.A., English, 1980 National Taiwan University
  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, 1986 National Taiwan University

MAJOR EXPERIENCE

  • Research Assistant, Institute of American Culture, Academia Sinica (1977-1980)
  • Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of American Culture, Academia Sinica (1980-1986)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, National Central University ( 1982-1986)
  • Associate Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies (formerly Institute of American Culture, Academia Sinica) (1986-1996)
  • Visiting Fellow, Graduate Program in Literature and Duke Center for Critical Theory, Duke University (with a Fulbright-Hays research grant, 1988-1989)
  • Visiting Fellow, Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture, University of Pennsylvania (with a research grant from Academia Sinica, 1992)
  • Head, Division of the Humanities, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica (1992-1995)
  • Visiting Fellow, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths』 College, University of London (with a research grant from Academia Sinica, 1995-1996)
  • Visiting Fellow, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths』 College, University of London (with a research grant from the National Science Council, Taiwan, 1996-1997)
  • Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica (1996-2008)
  • Adjunct Professor, National Taiwan University and National Taiwan Normal University (1997- )
  • Visiting Research Professor, Africana Studies Program and Institute of African American Affairs, New York University (1998-1999)
  • Director of the Secretariat, Academia Sinica (May 1999-November 2002)
  • Special Assistant to President Yuan T. Lee, Academia Sinica (2003)
  • Director, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica (1 August 2003-31 July 2009)
  • Visiting Fellow, School of Asian and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London (with a research grant from both the British Academy and Academia Sinica, 2004)
  • Professor, National Sun Yat-sen University (joint-appointment, 2006- )
  • Convener, Research Group on Diaspora Studies, National Sun Yat-sen University (2006- )
  • Visting Fellow, School of Literature and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia (2008)
  • Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica (2008-present)

SPECIALISM

  • Literary Theory
  • Cultural Studies
  • Asian/African American Literature
  • Contemporary British Fiction

ACADEMIC SERVICE

  • Assistant Secretary, American Studies Association of the Republic of China (1978-1980)
  • Assistant Editor, American Studies (a bilingual quarterly published in Taipei by the Institute of American Culture, Academia Sinica) (1980-1986)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Comparative Literature Association of the Republic of China (1982-1984; 1994-1996)
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Studies Association of the Republic of China (1983-1993)
  • Member, Editorial Board, American Studies (1986-1988)
  • Member, Screening Committee, Institute of American Culture, Academia Sinica (1986-1988)
  • Executive Editor, American Studies (1987-1988)
  • Vice President, Comparative Literature Association of the Republic of China (1990-1992)
  • Judge, the 13th United Daily News Literary Award (for short story and novella) (1991)
  • Judge, Malaysian Chinese Literary Award (1991)
  • Member, Board of Directors, English and American Literature Association of the Republic of China (1991-1995; 1997-2001)
  • Member, Screening Committee, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica (1991; 1998-2000)
  • Member, Board of Supervisors, Comparative Literature Association of the Republic of China (1992-1994)
  • Member, Board of Supervisors, Comparative Literature Association of the Republic of China (1992-1994)
  • Member, Editorial Board, EurAmerica: A Journal of European and American Studies (a bilingual quarterly published in Taipei by the Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica) (1992-1995)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Review of English and American Literature (a yearbook published by the English and American Literature Association of the Republic of China) (1994-1995)
  • Juror, the 17th United Daily News Literary Award (for Poetry) (1995)
  • External member, Committee for Long-term Planning and Development, National Taiwan University (1995)
  • Member, Search Committee, English Department, National Dong Hwa University (1995)
  • Member, Committee for Outstanding Scholarly Publications, Government Information Office, Republic of China (1995-1996)
  • Member, Board of Supervisors, English and American Literature Association of the Republic of China (1995-1997, 2005- )
  • Judge, Golden Tripod Award for Outstanding Creative Writings, Government Information Office, Republic of China (1997)
  • Convener, Foreign Literatures Division, National Science Council, Taiwan (1998-1999)
  • Interviewer, Grants and Scholarships for postgraduate study abroad in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ministry of Education (1998, 1999)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of the Humanities East/West (a biannual published by National Central University) (1998- )
  • Member, Search Committee, Graduate Institute for Linguistics and Cultural Studies, National Chiao-tung University (1999-2000)
  • President, Comparative Literature Association of the Republic of China (1998-2000)
  • Director of the Secretariat, Academia Sinica (May 1999-November 2002)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (2000- )
  • Advisor, Department of the Humanities and Social Sciences, National Science Council, Taiwan (2000-2003)
  • Special Assistant to President Yuan T. Lee, Academia Sinica (2003)
  • Member, Search Committee, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Feng Chia University (2001)
  • 中央研究院聘審委員會委員(2002)
  • 中央研究院評議會評議員(2003- )
  • Editor-in-chief, EurAmerica: A Journal of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica (2003- )
  • Member, Search Committee, Department of Western Languages and Literatures, National Kaohsiung University (2003)
  • Member, Search Committee, College of Liberal Arts, National Central University (2003)
  • Member, Review Committee, The Humanities Center, National Central University (2004-)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of the Humanities, National Dong Hwa University (2004- )
  • Member, Editorial Committee, Academia Sinica Press (2004- )
  • Member, Committee for the Reform of Teachers』 Colleges, Ministry of Education (2004)
  • Advisor to President Yuan T. Lee, APEC Meeting (2002, 2004)
  • 國立中興大學校務諮詢委員會諮詢委員(2004- )
  • 中央研究院學術交流及合作委員會委員(2004- )
  • Member, Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Committee, Ministry of Education (2005)
  • 《中外文學》編輯委員會委員(2006- )
  • 《蕉風》(馬來西亞)名譽編輯顧問委員會委員(2006- )
  • Tamkang Review編輯委員會委員(2010- )
  • Concentric諮詢委員會委員(2011- )
  • 《英美文學評論》諮詢委員會委員(2011- )
  • 國立中興大學文學院院務諮詢委員會委員暨會議主席(2011-2012)
  • Southern College Academic Journal(馬來西亞)編輯顧問(2012- )
  • 國立東華大學、國立中山大學、國立台北科技大學自我評鑑專業組委員

ACADEMIC HONOURS

  • National Science Council (NSC) Research Grant (awarded every year since 1981)
  • Fulbright-Hays Foundation Research Grant (1988-1989)
  • NSC Award for Outstanding Research (1990, 1993, 1994)
  • Travel Grant, Academia Sinica (1992, 1995, 1998, 2003)
  • Chuang Shou-Ken Cultural and Educational Foundation Award for Outstanding Research (1996)
  • NSC Travel Grant (1996-1997)
  • NSC Award of Excellence (1996-1998, 2000-2002)
  • Outstanding Alumnus of National Taiwan Normal University (2008)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books (co-authored and edited books included)
  • Before the Statue of Gandhi and Other London Essays. Taipei: Asian Culture, 2008.
  • Transgression: Towards a Critical Study of African American Literature and Culture. Taipei: Asian Culture, 2007.
  • Literary Polyvocalism. Taipei: Chiuko, 2006.
  • From Literary to Cultural Studies (Co-edited with An-Chi Wang). Taipei: Bookman, 2006.
  • In the Age of Theory. Taipei: Asian Culture, 2006.
  • “On Hospitality.” Special Issue of Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 34.8 (January 2006). (Guest-coedited with Fuh Shyh-jen)
  • In the Tracks of Literary Multiculturalism. Taipei: Bookman, 2005.
  • Imperialism and Literary Production. Taipei: Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, 1997. (Edited with an “Introduction”)
  • The Reminiscences of Mr. Limin Chu. Oral History Series, No. 59. Taipei: Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, 1996. (With Shan Te-hsing and Chang Li)
  • “Houston A. Baker, Jr. and African American Discourse.”Special issue of Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 22.5 (October 1993). (With a “Preface” and an interview)
  • Proceedings of the Second Conference on American Literature and Thought. Taipei: Institute of American Culture, Academia Sinica, 1991. (Co-edited with Fang Wan-chuan)
 
Creative Writing
  • Time (selected poems, 1966-1976). Taipei: Bookman, 2006.
  • The Bird and Other Poems. Penang: The Rhinoceros Press, 1970.
 
Papers in English
  • “Reinventing the Past in Kazuo Ishiguro's A Pale View of Hills.” Chang Gung Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences 1.1 (April 2008): 19-32.
  • “Asianising African American Studies.” Black Studies (Japan) 76 (March, 2007): 1-9.
  • “Going Global: Some Notes on Recent Asian British Fiction.” AALA Journal (Japan), 11 (2005): 1-15.
  • “Localizing McDonald’s: Some Notes on Glocalization.” Ying-hsiung Chou et al., eds. Cultural Dilemmas during Transitions. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2004. 108-120.
  • “Blues Liberation.” Feng Chia Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences 4 (2002): 253-74.
  • “Cultural Studies in Action.” Maria Diedrich, Carl Pedersen and Justin Tally, eds. Mapping African America: History, Narrative Formation, and the Production of Knowledge. FORECAAST, Vol. 1. Hamburg: LIT Verlag, 1999. 221-31.
  • “Expropriating the Authentic: Cultural Politics in Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia.” EurAmerica: A Journal of European and American Studies 26.2 (June 1996): 1-19.
  • “The Problem of the Subject in The Autobiography of Malcolm X.” American Studies XVI. 4 (December 1986): 1-31.
  • “On Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes: An Essay in Textual Description.” Studies in Language and Literature 2 (October 1986): 55-73.
  • “A Discourse on Autobiography.” American Studies XVI. 1 (March 1986): 75-106.
  • “Hsieh Ling-yun: The Poet as an Exile.” Tamkang Review XIV. 1-4 (Autumn 1983-Summer 1984): 141-54.
  • “Reading James Baldwin’s Autobiographical Writings.” American Studies XIII. 4 (December 1983): 79-94.
  • “The Portrait of a Lady as a Bildungsroman.” American Studies XII. 3 (September 1982): 89-99.
  • “A Seat in Humanity: Saul Bellow’s The Victim.” American Studies XII. 1 (March 1982): 98-116.
  • “Death and Rebirth: Saul Bellow’s Dangling Man.” American Studies XI. 1 (March 1981): 75-81.
  • “Myth and Ritual in Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March.” American Studies X. 3 (September 1980): 81-111.
 
Papers in Chinese
  •  “American Film Industry under McCarthyism.” INK Literary Monthly 33 (May 2006), 70-81. Reprinted with revisions as “In the Shadow of McCarthyism.” Visual Modern and Its Other. Ed. Ying-hsiung Chou and Pin-chia Feng. Taipei: Bookman, 2007. 19-40.
  • “Geography, Politics of Transgression and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s Colored People.” Proceedings of the Fifth Conference on American Literature and Thought: Literature Section. Ed. Chi Yuan-wen. Taipei: Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, 1997. 59-79. Reprinted in Between Literary and Cultural Studies: Festschrift Presented to Professor Chu Yen in Honour of His Seventieth Brithday, Ed. Lee Yu-cheng and An-Chi Wang. Taipei: Bookman, 2006. 167-188.
  •  “Ruth the Foreigner.” Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 34.8 (January 2006): 11-24.
  • “Frank Chin’s Literary Heroism: In Search of a Chinese American Literary Tradition.” Sifenxi Lunxueji: Festschrift Presented to Professor Yuan T. Lee in Honour of His Seventieth Birthday. Taipei: Asian Culture, 2006. II, 639-666.
  • “Class, Cultural Materialism and Cultural Studies.” Methods: Approaches to Literatures. Ed. Han-liang Chang. Taipei: National Taiwan University Pr., 2002. 15-32.
  • “Reading Postimperial London: Home and the Politics of Space in The Buddha of Suburbia.” Remapping the Territory of Literary Studies: Perspectives on Foreign Literatures from Taiwan. Ed. Feng Pin-chia. Hsinchu: National Chiao-Tung University, 1999. 147-63.
  • “Imperialism, Literary Production and Long-Distance Control.” Review of English and American Literature 3 (1997): 71-90.
  • “Empire and Culture.” Imperialism and Literary Production. Ed. Lee Yu-cheng. Taipei: Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, 1997. 21-42.
  • “Of Authenticity: Cultural Politics in The Buddha of Suburbia.” Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 25.9 (February 1997): 104-20.
  • “The Spectre of Charlie Chan: The Problem of Representation in Frank Chin’s Gunga Din Highway.” Politics of Representation and Chinese American Literature. Ed. Ho Wen-ching and Shan Te-hsing. Taipei: Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, 1996. 161-83.
  • “Traveling Theory and Literary History.” Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 25.3 (August 1996): 224-33.
  • “Editor’s Introduction.” Special issue on “Empire and Culture.” Review of English and American Literature 2 (1995): 1-12.
  • “ ‘A New Story’: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and the Culture Wars.” Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on American Literature and Thought: Literature Section. Ed. Ho Wen-ching. Taipei: Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, 1995. 37-63.
  • “The Alien Strikes Back.” Special Issue on Science Fiction. Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 22. 12 (May 1994): 186-95.
  • “The Politics of Memory in Donald Duk.” Cultural Identity and Chinese American Literature. Ed. Shan Te-hsing and Ho Wen-ching. Taipei: Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, 1994. 115-132.
  • “Diaspora Aesthetics: On Mississippi Masala.” Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 21.7 (December 1993): 71-87.
  • “Houston A. Baker, Jr. and the Archaeology of African American Expressive Culture.” Proceedings of the Third Conference on American Literature and Thought: Literature Section. Ed. Shan Te-hsing. Taipei: Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, 1993. 183-201.
  • “Blues Liberation: Houston A. Baker, Jr. and the Generational Shifts in African American Literary Criticism.” Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on English and American Literature. Taipei: National Taiwan University, 1992. 461-482.
  • “The Politics of the Ethics of Reading.” Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 20.4 (September 1991): 86-94.
  • “Irving Babbitt and China.” Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 20. 3 (August 1991): 48-71.
  • “Some Notes on Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” Proceedings of the Second Conference on American Literature and Thought. Ed. Fang Wan-chuan and Lee Yu-cheng. Taipei: Institute of American Culture, Academia Sinica, 1991. 427-48.
  • “On Autobiography.” Con-Temporary 55 (November 1990): 20-29; 56 (December 1990): 56-63.
  •  “Harlem Renaissance and the Politics of Orature.” Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 19.2 (July 1990): 29-46.
  • “Alice Walker: An Introduction.” Young Lion Literary Monthly 436 (April 1990): 95-100.
  • “Transgression: The Politics of Literacy in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. Written by Himself.” American Literature, Comparative Literature, Shakespeare: Festschrift for Professor Limin Chu on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday. Ed. Chu Yen et al. Taipei: Bookman Books, 1990. 103-25.
  • “Canon and Literary Education.” Con-Temporary 33 (December 1988): 10-17.
  • “Rereading Laocoon.” Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 17.3 (August 1988): 44-58.
  • “Reading James Baldwin’s Autobiographical Writings.” In Proceedings of the Conference on American Literature and Thought. Taipei: Institute of American Culture, Academia Sinica, 1984. 185-94.
  • “A Mythopoeic Study of Saul Bellow’s Early Fiction.” Chao Foon Monthly 363 (August 1983): 2-10.
  • “Wang Wen-hsing and Western Literary Genre.” Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 10. 11 (April 1982): 176-93.
  • “Ssu-ma Ch’ien on Literature.” Chinese Literature and Arts 22:2 (October 1981): 68-76.
  • “Why Compare? --Some Preliminary Notes on Analogy Study in Chinese-Western Comparative Literature.” Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 10.3 (August 1981): 88-97.
  • “Moral Debate in Utter Freedom: Some Notes on Saul Bellow’s Dangling Man.” Taiwan Shin Sheng Daily News Literary Supplement, 15-17 May 1981.
  •  “The Initiatory Motif in Ssu-ma Chung-yuan’s ‘The Market Place.’” China Daily News Literary Supplement, 4-6 May 1981.
  • “Some Notes on Myth and Literature.” Chao Foon Monthly 333 (December 1980): 38-45.
  • “ ‘Stars Are the Eyes of the Night’: A Story of Initiation.” China Daily News Literary Supplement, 15-16 September 1979.
  • “The Fire Image in the Poetry of Yu Kwang-chung.” Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 3.4 (September 1974): 74-89.
 
Book Reviews
  • More than thirty book reviews on fiction, poetry, photography, etc.
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