Associate Professor
957 Anderson Hall
1114 Polett Walk


20th and 21st Century U.S. Fiction, Asian American literature, Ethnic Minority, Literature, Aesthetics, Theories of Art


Sue-Im Lee received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has published on: topics of realism and theories of community in contemporary U. S. Fiction, experimental literature, and aesthetics in Asian American literature; on writers such as Toni Morrison, Richard Powers, Lynne Tillman, Lydia Davis, Karen Tei Yamashita, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, and Carlos Bulosan. Currently she is at work on a book called Looking for Art in Asian American Literature: Aesthetics and Theories of Art; and on a book called Being Present: Writing the Contemporary in Contemporary Fiction.  

Selected Publications

  • “Doing Literary Criticism, Making Value Judgments: What Might Be Called ‘Good Writing’”  Criticism After Critique: Aesthetics, Literature, and the Political.  Ed. Jeffrey Di Leo.  NY: Palgrave Macmillan (September 2014; 27-44)
  • “It’s Badly Done’: Redefining Craft in America is in the Heart.”  Analyzing World Fiction: New Horizons in Narrative Theory.  Ed. Frederick Aldama.  University of Texas Press (September 2011, 199-225)
  • A Body of Individuals: The Paradox of Community in Contemporary Fiction. The Ohio State University Press (March 2009)
  • Literary Gestures: The Aesthetic in Asian American Writing.  Eds. Sue-Im Lee, Rocio Davis.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press (October 2005)
  • “How to Write the Present Without Irony: Immanent Criticism in Lynne Tillman’s American Genius, A Comedy.”  electronic book review [](August 2011),
  • “We are Not the World: Universalism and Global Village in Tropic of Orange.”  Modern Fiction Studies (Fall 2007, Volume 53: 501-527)
  • “Recognition as a Depleted Resource in Lynne Tillman’s Motion Sickness.”  Symploke: Theoretical, Cultural, and Literary Scholarship.  (Fall 2004, Volume 12.1-2: 139-152) Albany: State University of New York Press (November 2007, 195-208)
  • “Suspicious Characters: Realist Narrativity, Asian American Identity, and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee.” The Journal of Narrative Theory.  (Summer 2002, Volume 32.2: 227-258)

Courses Taught

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Senior Seminar in Criticism
  • Introduction to English Studies
  • Themes and Genres in Women’s Literature
  • Immigrant Literature
  • The Reader in Contemporary Fiction
  • Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • Aesthetics and Asian American Literature
  • Asian American and African American Literature
  • Asian American and World Literature