Ji Hyun Lee

English Literature PhD Candidate


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, PhD, English Literature and Language, expected 2018

Concentrations: The Twentieth Century; Literary Criticism and Theory; Prose Fiction

Dissertation: “Science Fiction and Trauma: The Apocalyptic Tradition since World War I”

My dissertation explores the relationship between science fiction and the conceptualization of trauma by 1) articulating how traumatic events are at the heart of science fiction and 2) examining the entanglement between the emergence of science fiction and the development of the science of traumatic experience. In essence, I simultaneously look at the trauma in science fiction and the science fiction in trauma.

Committee: Cathy Caruth (chair), Margo Crawford, Daniel R. Schwarz, Enzo Traverso

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, MA, English Literature and Language, 2016

New York University, New York, NY, MA, Humanities and Social Thought, 2010

Master’s Thesis: “Archiving Bodies: Trauma’s Epistemological and Biological Effects in the Post-Apocalyptic Fiction of Walter Miller and Octavia Butler”

Committee: Shireen Patell (chair), Robert Dimit

Brown University, Providence, RI, BA, Comparative Literature/Art History, 2006

Highest University Honors and Comparative Literature Departmental Honors

Honors Thesis: “‘Hindurchgehen’: Intertextuality and Dialogue in Paul Celan’s Poetry”

Committee: Ravit Reichman (chair), Zachary Sng, Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg