Sue-Im Lee, Associate Professor of English, specializes in contemporary U. S. fiction and Asian American literature. Her book, A Body of Individuals: The Paradox of Community in Contemporary Fiction (2009), examines the novels of Toni Morrison, Richard Powers, Karen Tei Yamashita, Lydia Davis, Lynne Tillman, and David Markson, in dialogue with postmodern theories of community. She has co-edited, with Rocio Davis, Literary Gestures: The Aesthetic in Asian American Writing (2005). She has published, or has forthcoming, essays on Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and realism, role of irony in contemporary fiction, and Carlos Bulosan and self-generated craft in Asian American fiction. In addition to her journal essays, her essays appear in Fiction's Present: Situating Contemporary Narrative Innovation (2005), Literature and Globalization: A Reader (2010), and New Horizons in the Analysis of World Narrative Fiction (2011). Her current book project, tentatively titled Looking for Art in Asian American Literature, unveils the implicit and sometimes contradictory theories of art underlying contemporary Asian American literary critical enterprise.
Lee regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on 20th American literature, contemporary fiction, experimental fiction, women and fiction, and Asian American literature.