Berkeley English Lecturers and Postdocs

Seulghee Lee

Seulghee Lee

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered


"'Exotic Fagdom': The Baraka of Surplus Love." Forthcoming in Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism, ed., Aparajita Nanda (under contract).


"The Zen of Black Optimism." ACLA Annual Meeting. Seminar title: "Critical Divestment." New York University. March 2014.

"From Melancholia to 'Linsanity': Basketball, Positive Affect, and Racial Ontology." Cultures of Basketball conference. Humboldt University, Berlin. November 2013.

"Good Essentialism and Black Optimism." African-American Studies Collective conference: "Alien Bodies: Race, Space, and Sex in the African Diaspora." Panel title: "Optimism, Performance, and the Redemption of the Black Alien." Emory University. February 2013.

"Non-differentiation and Comparative Racialization / Comparative Affect." Futures of American Studies Institute. Dartmouth College. June 2012.

"'Exotic Fagdom': Queer Love as Abject Political Modality in Delany and Baraka." MELUS-USACLALS national conference. Panel title: "Moving Affectively." Santa Clara University. April 2012. 

"'Other Lovings': Probing Love's Failure in Audre Lorde's Zami." SSRC-Mellon Mays national conference. Princeton University. June 2011.

"'Dust and Ashes Like Ourselves': Antinomian Silence in David Walker's Appeal." Southland Graduate Conference: "Negation and Negativity." UCLA. June 2011.

"The Raced Spectral-Abject: Toward a New Black Feminist Hermeneutics." Graduate conference: "Engaging and Articulating 'Race': Historical Encounters with Race and Racialization." University of Victoria, British Columbia. June 2010.

Occasional writings:

"The Project in Ease." Keynote address for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Annual Celebration, UC Berkeley. May 2014.

"Being-Together Together." Introduction to Adam Ahmed. Holloway Series in Poetry, UC Berkeley. May 2014.

“Hanging Loose in/as the Minority Academy.” Invited workshop talk for the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. May 2012.

"Pleasure and the Writerly Text." Introduction to Harryette Mullen. Holloway Series. September 2010.

"Baraka's Singularity in Our Culture." Introduction to Amiri Baraka. Holloway Series. October 2007.

"Making Room For Higher Goals: Space, Commodity, and the Black Ghetto in David Hammons' Aesthetic Vision." Mellon Mays Fellowship Journal (2006): 53-56.

Current Research

Dissertation: "Other Lovings": Abjection, Love Bonds, and the Queering of Race

Second project: Redeeming Essence: Positive Affect and Heuristic Optimism in Black and Yellow

English Department Classes

No recent courses taught.