Dr Hee-seung Irene Lee

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Professional Teaching Fellow


After moving to New Zealand in 2002, Irene began studying at the University of Auckland, first, as an undergraduate majored in Media Studies and English. She completed her PhD in the department of Film,Television and Media Studies and taught in diverse courses such as Media Studies, Film Studies, Reading Contemporary films, Hollywood and its Others in Media Studies before she moved to Asian Studies in 2014. Currently Irene is (co)convening Asian 200/303 Asian Identities and Korean 205/305 Korea through TV Drama and Film in the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics and has been teaching as a guest lecturer in various courses.

Research | Current

Dr Lee completed her PhD in the department of Film,Television and Media Studies at the University of Auckland and is preparing a monograph based on her PhD project on psychoanalytic approach to screen adaptation. Irene's research interests include critical theories, psychoanalysis, screen adaptation, contemporary South Korean cinema, Korean popular culture and East Asian cinema. She has published her works on contemporary Korean cinema in academic journals and edited volumes and is preparing a monograph on Korean auteur cinema.

Teaching | Current

KOREAN 205/305 Korea through TV Drama and Film

ASIAN 200/303 Asian Identities


2019          Lecturer of the Year at Massey University, Albany Campus
2017          CUPKS Research Fund from Academy of Korean Studies
2016          CUPKS Research and Teaching Fund from Academy of Korean Studies 
2015 – 16  Korean Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship 
2014 – 17  Honorary Research Fellowship in Asian Studies, University of Auckland
2008 – 12  University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship 

Areas of expertise

* Contemporary Korean films and TV dramas
* East Asian popular culture
* Globalization and transnationalism in media culture
* Art-house cinema
* Film adaptation of literature
* Hollywood Films
* Critical theory
* Psychoanalytic theory
* Film theory

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Irene Lee, H.-S. (2017). The ethics of becoming a subject // A reading of Hong Sang-soo’s Right Now, Wrong Then (2015). Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, 9 (2), 141-154. 10.1080/17564905.2017.1368146
  • Lee, H.-S. I. (2016). ‘My name is Oh Dae-su’: a mirrored image of Oedipus in Park Chan-wook's Oldboy. Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, 8 (2), 127-139. 10.1080/17564905.2016.1143307
  • Lee, H. S. I. (2012). Transmediation of the real: A psychoanalytic approach to film adaptation of literary texts The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland. Related URL.


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 439
New Zealand

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