As a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Lee-Von Kim's research focuses on a comparative study of photographic and cinematic modes of self-representation in twentieth-century autobiography. In her current project, she is especially interested in the traffic between the visual and the verbal in the autobiographical writings of Claude Cahun, Roland Barthes and Marguerite Duras, amongst others.
Her interest in autobiography has developed along two distinct strands. The first, which forms the basis of her current research at TORCH, turns around the intersection of visual and verbal modes of self-representation. The second focuses on the intersection of law and life writing, with a particular focus on autobiographical narratives written in the aftermath of personal and historical trauma. Other research interests include postcolonial literature and film; trauma studies; critical theory; and visual culture.
Before joining TORCH, Lee-Von Kim taught in the Discipline of English and Cultural Studies at The University of Western Australia, where she completed her PhD and BA (Hons). Her doctoral thesis considered the representation of historical trauma in contemporary visual culture from Australia, South Africa and the US.
She has taught nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, postcolonial literature, film studies and American literature, as well as supervised fourth-year (Honours) dissertations on postcolonial women’s writing and postmodern cinema. In 2013-2014, she will be teaching a Special Option course in Postcolonial and Transnational Life Writing for the new M.St. in World Literatures in English.