Postcolonial Cultures

The research interests of Dr. Nikki J.Y. Lee cover issues of (post-)orientalism in relation to the representation and transnational circulation of East Asian films; and race, gender and orientalism in the cross-ethnic performance (‘ethnic passing’) of Asian stars.

Selected publications
‘Sexy and Gory: Rain, Lee Byung-hun, and the Transnational Hollywood Action Movie’, in Andy Willis and Leung Wing-fai (eds) East Asian Film Stars. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming 2013). 
‘Salute to Mr. Vengeance: Oldboy (2003) and the Making of a Transnational Auteur’, in Leon Hunt and Leung Wing-fai (eds.) East Asian Cinemas: Exploring Transnational Connections on Film. London: I.B.Tauris (2008), pp.203-219. 
‘Trinh T. Minh-ha and Issues of Postcolonial Filmmaking’, in Kim Yeon-ho (ed.) Obscure Vision: Feminist Filmmakers, Seoul: Alternative Visual Culture Plant I-gong (2008, in Korean).
‘Anna May Wong: Orientalism and Performing Ethnic Identity on Hollywood Screen’,
Cinema Studies, Winter 2007, pp.261-292 (in Korean). 
‘Transnational Circulation of East Asian Movies and Issues of Orientalism’, Literature and Visual Image, Spring 2007, pp.231-254 (in Korean).

My research and publications encompass a broad range of Postcolonial theory ( in particular, Fanon, Sartre and Edward Said) and forms of cultural production (I have written on film, the novel, short stories, poetry, and cartoons.)
Selected publications:  
Post-Colonial African Cinema, (with David Murphy), Manchester University Press, 2007
Orientalism (Routledge Major Works series) (forthcoming, 2013)
“Edward W. Said”, in New Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists, ed. George Ritzer and Jeffrey Stepnisky , Blackwell, 2011
“Sartre’s ‘Morality and History’: Ethics for Postcolonial Times”, in Experiences of Freedom in Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures, ed. Annalisa Oboe and Shaul Bassi, Routledge 2011
“Outlines of a better world”, in Re-routing the Postcolonial, ed. Janet Wilson et al, Routledge, 2010

I am a postgraduate researcher attached to the Centre. My work on postcolonial cultures highlights the humanistic ideas based on and inspired by Said. I have published on Bangladeshi-American filmmakers, Egyptian writers, and a Palestinian artist.
Selected Publications
“The Role of Music and Art in Tareque & Catherine Masud’s Muktir Gaan (Songs of Freedom)”, Kinema: A Journal for Film and Audiovisual Media, No 39, Spring, 2013, pp. 57-75
“‘Life would be a meaningless game and a bad joke’ without Freedom: Naguib Mahfouz as an Oppositional Writer”, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Vol 6, No 2, 2013, pp. 194–212.
“Nawal el Saadawi as a Saidian ‘Amateur’”, Middle Eastern Studies, Vol 48, No 5, 2012, pp. 815–829
“Resisting Colonial Discourse: Edward Said and Speaking Truth to Power”, East West Journal of Humanities, Vol 1, No 1, 2010, pp. 123-136
“Hatoum, Said and Foucault: Intellectual Resistance through Revealing the Power-Knowledge Nexus”, Postcolonial Text, Vol 4, No 3, 2009


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