Regina Yung Lee is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests include francophone women's writing, speculative literatures, online fandom subcultures, reproductive technologies, science studies, and the recent films of Jia Zhangke, as analyzed through the lenses of feminist theory.
Regina Yung Lee is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside. Her dissertation, "Forms of Devotion: Feminist Readings of Compliance in Transnational Literatures, Film, and Online Media," is a set of case studies linked through their concerns with mediation, compliance, and complex questions of agency and devotion. In each of the texts, themes of resistance, incomprehension, and turbulent agency take center stage. The dissertation includes close readings of two novels by Quebecoise writer Monique Proulx (1952-) , a novel by science fiction writer Neal Stephenson (1959 -) , two films by sinophone auteur Jia Zhangke (1970-), and an online anglophone community built around Korean drama. These disparate sources turn on the axes of devotion and compliance, linked through their reliance on women’s embodied labor as a medium for the propagation and proliferation of information. Within these analyses, to comply is not necessarily to acquiesce, but to radically complicate.
Regina is on track to defend her dissertation by June 2013. Recent publications include a chapter on the alien feminine and reproductive technologies in Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series, and a chapter on the functioning of a recap in an anglophone online Korean Drama fansite.