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Hellen Lee, Ph.D.
Research and Scholarly Activity

 

WORKING PAPERS

"Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935): Looking at New Orleans."
Book chapter on Dunbar-Nelson's short fiction about New Orleans and some biographical material.

"Shifting the Discussion and Re-Presenting Student Success."
Co-author with former students on redefining the meaning of student success in the contemporary moment.

 

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

Lee-Keller, Hellen. "Madness and the Mulâtre-Aristocrate: Haiti, Decolonization, and Women in Marie Chauvet's Amour." Callaloo 32.4 (2009): 1293-1311.

Lee-Keller, Hellen. “‘Scholarship automatically reminds me of grant money’: Reconsidering and Revaluing Undergraduate Students and Scholarship.” Reading, Writing, and Research: The Undergraduate Student as Scholar in Literary and Cultural Studies. Ed. Laura Behling. Washington D.C.: Council on Undergraduate Research, 2009. 11-28.

Lee-Keller, Hellen. "Civilizing Violence: "The Haunted Valley." The Ambrose Bierce Project Journal 2.1 (Fall 2006). www.ambrosebierce.org

 

ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES

Lee-Keller, Hellen. “Danticat, Edwidge.” The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. Ed. Brian W. Shaffer. Blackwell Publishing, 2011. Blackwell Reference Online. 19 January 2011 <http://www.literatureencyclopedia.com/subscriber/tocnode?id=g9781405192446_chunk_g978140519244632_ss1-2>

Lee-Keller, Hellen. “Marshall, Paule.” The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. Ed. Brian W. Shaffer. Blackwell Publishing, 2011. Blackwell Reference Online. 19 January 2011 <http://www.literatureencyclopedia.com/subscriber/tocnode?id=g9781405192446_chunk_g978140519244641_ss1-5>

Lee-Keller, Hellen. “Alice Dunbar-Nelson.” KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana. Ed. Joyce Miller. 16 Jan. 2011. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. 06 Jan. 2011 <http://www.www.knowla.org/entry.php?rec=641>

Lee-Keller, Hellen. “Plaçage.” KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana. Ed. Joyce Miller. 16 Jan. 2011. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. 08 Oct. 2010 <http://www.www.knowla.org/entry.php?rec=764>

Lee-Keller, Hellen. “All I Asking For Is My Body.Encyclopedia of Asian-American Literature. Ed. Seiwoong Oh. New York: Facts on File, 2007: 11-12.

Lee-Keller, Hellen. “Milton Murayama.” Encyclopedia of Asian-American Literature. Ed. Seiwoong Oh. New York: Facts on File, 2007: 204-205.

Lee-Keller, Hellen. “Ronyoung Kim.” Encyclopedia of Asian-American Literature. Ed. Seiwoong Oh. New York: Facts on File, 2007: 149-150.

Lee-Keller, Hellen. Introduction for “Chapter 6: Late Nineteenth Century - Ambrose Bierce.” PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide. Reuben, Paul P., ed. 1 January 2007. <http://web.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/chap6/bierce.html>

 

BOOK REVIEWS

Lee, Hellen S. The Chinatown War: Chinese Los Angeles and the Massacre of 1871. By Scott Zesch. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012) . Forthcoming.

Lee-Keller, Hellen. Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans. By Jean Pfaelzer. (New York: Random House, 2007). Southern California Quarterly 90.2 (2008): 209-211 .

Lee-Keller, Hellen. Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present. Compiled and edited by Judy Yung, Gordon H. Chang, and Him Mark Lai (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006). Southern California Quarterly 88.4 (2006/7): 477-479.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Literature and Cultural Studies

“Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Grace King, and the Politics of Ethnicity in New Orleans." Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA, December 2009.

“Sexual Practices and Social Mobilities in Late Nineteenth-Century Creole New Orleans.” 2nd Annual Artful Strategies and Necessary Risks Conference, California State University, Sacramento, April 2007.

“Sex and Sewing in the Short Fiction of Alice Dunbar-Nelson.” Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA, December 2006.

“‘Her Transparent, Needle-Pricked Fingers’: Sewing, Racial Politics, and Social Mobility in the Short Fiction of Alice Dunbar-Nelson and Grace King.” College English Association, San Antonio, TX, April 2006.

“Love, Lust, and Land: Plaçage and Prostitution in the Short Stories of Alice Dunbar-Nelson and Grace King.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association of the South, New Orleans, LA, September 2004.

“Sex (Work) and the Single Girl: Reading for Women’s Work in Bret Harte’s ‘Miggles.’” Southwest/Texas Regional Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, February 2003.

“Writing Gender, Writing Violence in Haiti, 1915-1968: Marie Chauvet’s Amour.” African Literatures Association Annual Meeting, University of California, San Diego, April 2002.

“Sex (Work) and the Single Girl: Reading for Racialized and Gendered Work in Ambrose Bierce’s ‘The Haunted Valley.’” Association for Asian American Studies, San Francisco, CA, May 2003.

“M/OTHER—Other Forms of Mothering in Toni Morrison’s Beloved.” Southern California Women’s Studies Association, University of California, Irvine, May 1993.

“Sewing Hierarchies: Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Grace King and Creoleness in New Orleans.” 4th Annual All Grad Research Symposium, University of California, San Diego, January 2004.

“Spectacle, Spectator, Spectacles: The Politics of Nana.” California State University Statewide Research Competition, California State University, Chico, May 1998.

“Art and Artifice: Images of Prostitution in 19th Century Paris.” Celebration of Research, Committee for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1998.

American Studies

“Confronting the Crisis: Transforming Chains into Networks (An Assistance Kit for Navigating the ‘Not So Great Depression’ in the Academy),” Minority Scholars’ Committee Sponsored Roundtable, American Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, Nov 17-21, 2010.

“In Domestic Service: Representing Working Women, Racial Politics, and National Expansion in Mid-Nineteenth Century California.” California American Studies Association, Soka University, Aliso Viejo, California, April 25-27, 2008.

“Regulating the ‘Social Evil’: Representing Racialized Labor in San Francisco, 1868-1872.” American Studies Association, Oakland, CA, October 2006.

“A Part of and Apart From: Race, Gender and Labor in Alice Dunbar Nelson’s ‘Little Miss Sophie’ and Grace King’s ‘Bonne Maman.’” American Studies Association, Hartford, CT, Oct.  2003.

Pedagogy

“Disrupting the Model Minority Myth: Teaching Milton Murayama’s All I Asking For is My Body.”  The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, Washington State University, San Jose, California, April 2012.

“‘But why aren’t we reading American literature in this class?’:  Learning to Teach Multi-Ethnic  Literatures.” The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, Washington State University, Spokane, Washington, April 2-5, 2009.

 

INVITED LECTURES

“Ruth Reichl.” In collaboration with California Lecture Series, Crest Theatre, Sacramento, CA, May 2009.

“Rita Dove: A Biography.” In collaboration with California Lecture Series, Crest Theatre, Sacramento, CA, May 2009.

“Framing the Texts.” Yann Martel and Tomislav Torjanac in collaboration with California Lecture Series, Crest Theatre, Sacramento, CA, October 2007.

“Ties That Bind: Reading Gender in Antonio Villarreal’s Pocho.” Introduction to Chicano Literature course, Literature Dept., University of California, San Diego, CA, October 2002.

“The Haunting Absence in ‘Miggles’ and ‘The Haunted Valley’: Racialized Women in California, 1868-1872.” Comparative Literature course, San Diego State University, CA, October 2002.