Jane J. Lee

Jane Lee
Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator for M.A. English Literature and Rhetoric and Composition
Specialties: Nineteenth-Century British Literature

Contact Information
Office: LaCorte Hall, B-320

Office Hours for Fall 2020
All office hours are held online. Please contact via email.

Jane J. Lee received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research and teaching interests primarily lie in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, and include reading practice and pedagogy, literary criticism and the history of the discipline, education, print culture, women's writing and postcolonial literature and theory. Her most recent work appears in Studies in the Novel and Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies.

She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Romantic and Victorian literature, as well as classes on poetry, prose fiction, literary theory and criticism, and children's literature.

Selected Recent Publications:

Queer Inventions: Rupturing Hegemony in Sarah Waters Fingersmith. Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 14.3 (2019). Online.

Fashioning Women, Fastening Empire: Domestic Dress and Savage Skin in Mr. Meesons Will. Studies in the Novel 49.2 (2017). 189-208.

Selected Recent Presentations:

Jude the Obscene?: Obscenity Laws and Victorian Texts. Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference. Chaminade University (10-12 November 2017).

Obscuring the Obscene in Victorian Print. Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States Annual Conference: Transgressions. Wyndham Garden Austin Hotel (29 September-1 October 2016). 

Reimagining Victorian Women: Neo-Victorianism and Gendered Production. Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference. Portland State University (6-8 November 2015).

Women Writing Back: The Re-fashioning of Gender in Sarah Waters Fingersmith. Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States Annual Conference: Victorian Self-Fashioning. Sheraton Downtown Denver (22-24 October 2015).

Chasing the Spark of Life: Vital Technologies in Fin-de-siècle Literature. Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference. Riverside Convention Center (31 October-2 November 2014).

The Beetle, Vital Forces and the Hoarding of Life. Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States Annual Conference: Victorian Collections and Collecting. CSU Fullerton (16-18 October 2014).

Between Life and Death: Victorian Vitalism at the Fin-de-siècle. Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference. University of Houston (27-30 March 2014).

Victorian Advertisements, Novel Illustrations, and the Modern Woman. Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference. Bahia Resort Hotel (1-3 November 2013).

"Owners and Authors: Dickens's Construction of Literary Property." Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference. Seattle University (19-21 October 2012).

An American Tale: How Dickens Won the West. Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United Stated Annual Conference: Victorian Transnationalism: The Atlantic Legacy in the Long 19th Century. SUNY Plattsburgh (11-13 October 2012).

Womens Bodies and the Limits of Imperial Inscription. Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference. Scripps College (5-6 November 2011).

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

  • ENG 230
    Literature and Popular Culture: Dystopia Now: Visions of Past, Present, and Future in Literature and Contemporary Film
  • ENG 303
    English Literature, 1642-1832
  • ENG 304
  • English Literature, 1832-present
  • ENG 305
    Critical Reading of Literature
  • ENG 307
    Practice in Literary Criticism
  • ENG 308
    Critical Approaches to Childrens Literature
  • ENG 325
    Poetry
  • ENG 326
    Prose Fiction: Fiction Revisions
  • ENG 347
    Literature of Ethnicity and Gender: Identity Politics in American Literature and Culture
  • ENG 477
    Individual Authors and Topics, post-1700: Reading Detective Fiction
  • ENG 490
    Seminar in Literature: Science Fiction in Literature and Popular Culture: Borders, Frontiers, New Worlds
  • ENG 495
    Special Topics in English: The Humanities in Higher Education

Graduate Seminars Taught:

  • ENG 501
    Reading Literature: How, Why, Now
  • ENG 543
    Romantic Politics: Nationalism, Education, Identity
    The Problem of Austen
  • ENG 546
    Victorian Aspirations and Anxieties
    Questioning Women and the Woman Question
    The British Empire in the Victorian Imagination
  • ENG 549
    Fracturing Nostalgia in the Modern British Novel