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Department of English Language and Literature

Faculty and Staff Directory

Seulghee Lee

Assistant Professor
African American Studies
Department of English Language and Literature

Phone Number: (803) 777-4203
Office: HUO 320


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (2014)
B.A., Williams College (2007)

Areas of Specialization 

   African American Literature
   Anti-Blackness / Blackness
   Asian American Literature
   Race / Gender / Sexuality

Recently Taught Courses 

American Literature (Fall 2017)
Black / Humor (Fall 2017)

Current Research Projects 

"Other Lovings": Abjection, Love Bonds, and the Queering of Race
Utopian Essence: Positive Affect and Heuristic Optimism in Black and Yellow 

Selected Publications 

   "'Exotic Fagdom': The Baraka of Surplus Love in a Transnational Context." In Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism: Critical Imaginaries for a Global Age, edited by Aparajita Nanda, 69-82. New York: Routledge, 2015.
   "Ecstatic Blackness." Lute & Drum, No. 2. May 2015.

Recent Presentations 

   "Feeling Yellow Flesh in Fanon." Caribbean Philosophical Association, June 2017.
   "Black Life Sounds." Co-organized panel (with Allison Curseen): "Back Symphony / Black Consciousness." South Atlantic Modern Language Association, November 2015.
   "Critical Moodiness in/as Blackness." Seminar: "Black Affect and Minor Feelings." Affect Theory Conference at Millersville University: "Worldings, Tensions, Futures," October 2015.
   "'It Has Been a Lifeline': Audre Lorde's Technologies of the Flesh." Caribbean Philosophical Association, June 2015.
   "Ecstatic Blackness." Co-organized seminar (with Adam Ahmed): "Ecstasy." American Comparative Literature Association Association, March 2015.
   "Raciality in/as Positive Affect: Gallimard's Love-Being in M. Butterfly." Studies in Sexualities Initiative symposium at Emory University: "Race, Indigeneity, Affect," January 2015.
   "The Zen of Black Optimism." Seminar: "Critical Divestment." American Comparative Literature Association, March 2014.
   "From Melancholia to 'Linsanity': Basketball, Positive Affect, and Racial Ontology." American Studies conference at Humboldt University: "Cultures of Basketball," November 2013.
   "'Good' Essentialism and the Black Alien Within." Co-organized panel (with Rizvana Bradley): "Optimism, Performance, and the Redemption of the Black Alien." African-American Studies Collective conference at Emory University:
   "Alien Bodies: Race, Space, and Sex in the African Diaspora," February 2013.