Derek Lee

Derek P. Lee

Assistant Professor, Literature

Phone: (336) 758-2241
Office: C210 Tribble Hall

As an interdisciplinary scholar, I work across a broad swath of twentieth and twenty-first century literature, including modernist and contemporary culture, science studies, multiethnic fiction, speculative fiction, and the graphic novel. I’m particularly fascinated by epistemology and the entanglements between Western, non-Western, and esoteric forms of knowledge. My first book project—Parascientific Revolutions—examines the paranormal mind in twentieth-century literature and science. I teach classes in Asian American literature, science fiction, fantasy, the supernatural, literature and science, and comics.


Pennsylvania State University, PhD in English
University of Michigan, MFA in Creative Writing
Dartmouth College, BA in Biochemistry

Courses at Wake Forest

ENG 395 – Cyborgs & Sorcerers: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Multicultural America
ENG 375 – Fu Manchu, Model Minorities, and other Asian American Fictions
ENG 361 – Mutants, Machines, Mad Scientists: Literature & Science
ENG 302 – Comics, Race, and Social Justice
ENG 175 – Do No Harm: An Introduction to Narrative Medicine
ENG 150 – The Graphic Novel
ENG 150 – The Ghost: An Introduction to Cultural Haunting

Selected Publications

“All Hail Cthulhu! On Lovecraft, Monstress, and Asian American Bildung.” American Literature, forthcoming.

“Is Psylocke Asian? The Racial Fantasy and Ambiguity of an Uncanny Oriental.” Inks, forthcoming.

“The Ethics of Extrapolation: Science Fiction in the Technical Communication Classroom.” Technical Communication Quarterly, 31:1 (2022), 77-88. 

Homo Amens: Epistemological Thanatopolitics and the Postcolonial Zombie.” ARIEL, 51:4 (2020), 155-183.

“Postquantum: A Tale for the Time Being, Atomik Aztex, and Hacking Modern Space-Time.” MELUS, 45:1 (2020), 1-26.

“The Man in the Macintosh and the Science of the Occult.” James Joyce Quarterly, 55:3-4 (2018), 115-137.

“Dark Romantic: F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Specters of Gothic Modernism.” Journal of Modern Literature, 41:4 (2018), 125-142.

“On Anarchy, or What We Talk About When We Talk About Science.” Journal of Literature and Science, 10.1 (2017), 21-25.

“The Politics of Fairyland: Neil Gaiman and the Enchantments of Anti-Bildungsroman.” Critique, 57:5 (2016), 552–564.

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