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Dr Klaudia Lee

MA, PhD (Nottingham)

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office: M8082 CMC
Phone: 34425377
Fax: 34420288
Email: hiuylee@cityu.edu.hk
Klaudia Lee's main research interests are nineeteenth-century and twentieth-century literature and culture, Charles Dickens, narrative theory, spatiality, adaptation, appropriation and translation, comparative and world literature. She has a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature from the University of Nottingham (UK), and a Journalism and Communication degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prior to pursuing an academic career, she worked as a journalist, covering a variety of news and feature stories in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, an experience of which has contributed to her interest in the interface between literature and journalism. Her first monograph, Charles Dickens and China, 1895-1915: Cross-Cultural Encounters (Routledge 2017), investigates the adaptation, transformation and subversion of the politics and ideologies of Dickensian texts during the cross-cultural transfer from Britain to China. She is currently working on a new research project on literary production and network between Hong Kong, Britain and China between 1880-1930. She is currently the leader of the BA English programme.

Research Grants

  • Literary Spaces and City Narratives of Hong Kong, 1880-1930, General Research Fund , Hong Kong Research Grants Council, Jan 2019 - Dec 2021, Klaudia Lee (PI) .
  • Literary Studies Beyond the Classroom: A Web-Based Platform for Students’ Literary Creative Projects’, Teaching Development Grant , City University of Hong Kong, Jun 2018 - Dec 2019, Klaudia Lee (PI).
  • Charles Dickens, China and the Everyday , Early Career Scheme , Hong Kong Research Grants Council , 2015 - 2017, Klaudia Lee (PI).
  • Digital Archive of English Language Learning Histories , University Grants Committee , 2014 - 2016, Klaudia Lee (PI), Andy Gao (HKU, Co-I), John Trent (HKIED,Co-I).
  • The Space In-Between: Dickens, China and Victorian Print Culture, Research Strategic Grant , City University of Hong Kong, 2014 - 2015, Klaudia Lee (PI) .
  • Victorian Print Culture and City Narratives of Hong Kong (1842-1911), Research Start-Up Grant , City University of Hong Kong , 2014 - 2016, Klaudia Lee (PI).

Publications Show All Publications Show Prominent Publications


  • Lee, Klaudia. HY. (2021). Teaching Life Writing through Collaborative Projects. Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education. doi:https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/5DT57NZGXBK4TQXW9HRX/full?target=10.1080/1358684X.2021.1899799
  • Lee, Klaudia. HY. (2020). “Wherefore Remember Pain?”: Women and Transnational Crossing in Stella Benson’s I Pose and The Poor Man. English Studies. 101/5. 570 - 583. doi:Access the article here: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/XAG7MHTIN4TUPRG8T2JG/full?target=10.1080/0013838X.2020.1798698
  • Lee, Klaudia. HY. (2020). Against the City: A comparative study of Charles Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop and Lao She's Mr Ma and Son. Comparative Literature Studies. 57/2. 295 - 312.
  • Lee, Klaudia. HY. (2019). Palimpsesting: Cultural Imaginaries and Charles Halcombe’s “Mystic Flowery Land” English Studies. English Studies. 100/4. 438 - 446.
  • Lee, Klaudia. HY. & Patkin, John. (2017). Building the Digital Archive of Hong Kong English Learning: Methodology, Challenges and Reflection. System. 65. 61 - 68.
  • Lee, Klaudia. HY. (2017). Contested Boundaries: Domesticity, Spatiality, and Short Fiction in the South China Morning Post (1904-07). Victorian Periodicals Review. 50:1. 157 - 171.
  • Lee, Klaudia H.Y. (2016). Audience Response and from Film Adaptation to Reading Literature. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture. Thematic Issue: New Work in the Empirical Study of Literature and Culture. 18:2.
  • Lee, Klaudia. HY. (2016). Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities and the Power of the Everyday. The Explicator. 74:1. 5 - 7.
  • Lee, Klaudia. HY. (2016). Out of 'Place': Rooms, Dirt and Narrative of Space in Jean Rhys's Voyage in the Dark. The Explicator. 74:3. 143 - 146.
  • Lee, Klaudia. HY. & Patkin, John. (2016). Reading as Experience: Literature, Response and Imagination. Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education. 23:1. 67 - 76.
  • Lee, Klaudia. HY. (2014). Re-thinking 'Global Dickens': The Case of the Cross-Cultural Transfer of David Copperfield. Journal of Victorian Culture. 19:1. 63 - 78.
  • Lee, Klaudia. HY. (2013). 'Cross-Cultural Adaptation of Dickensian Spatiality: The Case of Little Dorrit'. English. 62. 6 - 12.
  • Lee, Klaudia. HY. (2013). Review of Global Dickens, eds. John Jordan and Nirshan Perera. Dickens Quarterly. 39/4. 316 - 318.
  • Lee, Klaudia. HY. (2012). 'A Tale of Two Cities and Chinese Literary History'. Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature. 122. 24 - 35.


  • Lee, Klaudia. HY. (2017). Charles Dickens and China, 1895-1915: Cross-Cultural Encounters. London and New York:  Routledge.

Book Chapter

  • Lee, Klaudia H.Y. (in press). Translations. Dickens and the Arts. Eds. Juliet John and Claire Wood. Edinburgh University Press.
  • Lee, Klaudia. HY. (2022). Bridging the Distance: Learning Victorian Literature through Creative Projects. Victorian Culture and Experiential Learning: Historical Encounters in the Classroom. (pp. 35 - 48). Ed. Kevin Morrison. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Lee, Klaudia. HY. (2019). Charles Dickens: Transnational Responses and Cultural Imaginaries. Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature. Eds. Ken Seigneurie et al.

External Services

Professional Activity

  • 2022 - Now, Co-Convenor, Transnational Urban Narratives Network .https://urbannarrativesnetwork.wordpress.com/.
  • 2022 - Now, Reviewing Editor, Journal of victorian Culture .
  • 2021 - Now, Executive Council Member, Society for Global Nineteenth-Century Studies.https://www.global19c.com/.

Service in CityU

Administrative Assignment

  • 2020 - 2021, Departmental Staffing Committee, Member.
  • Jan 2019 - Now, BA English , Programme Leader.
  • Sep 2018 - Now, Departmental Executive Committee , Member.
  • Jul 2018 - Dec 2018, BA English Studies Programme, Deputy Leader .
  • 2018 - 2020, College Board (CLASS), Member .
  • 2017 - 2018, Departmental Staffing Committee , Committee Member .
  • Sep 2016 - Now, BA English Studies , Admission Tutor .

Research / Thesis Supervision

  • Sep 2021 - Now, Wan Shun Yu, PhD Supervisor.
  • Sep 2020 - Now, Ffion Davies, PhD Qualifying Panel Member.
  • Sep 2020 - Now, Liu Fenglin, PhD Co-Supervisor .
  • 2018 - Now, Zhang Ranran, PhD Qualifying Panel Member.
  • 2017 - Now, Ko Wing Shum, PhD Qualifying Panel Member.
  • 2016 - 2019, Lam Ka Yan, PhD Supervisor.
  • 2016 - 2019, Aleksandar Kordiš, PhD Supervisor.
  • 2016 - 2019, Simon Berry, PhD Qualifying Panel Member.
  • 2016 - 2019, Tony Qin, PhD Qualifying Panel Member.
  • 2014 - 2017, Fu Mengxing, PhD Supervisor .
  • 2014 - 2017, Katrina Marshall, PhD Qualifying Panel Member.
  • 2013 - 2016, Ziwei Zhao, PhD Qualifying Panel Member.

Conferences Attended

  • 2 Sep 2021 - 3 Sep 2021, 'Discordant Whispers: Silence, Gaps, and Infrastructure in Kipling's and Maugham's Narratives of Hong Kong'. Breaking the Network: Infrastructure and Community (Fractures) in the Long 19C , University of Cork, Ireland (Online) .
  • 10 Dec 2020 - 11 Dec 2020, 'Collaborative Life Writing Projects: Challenges and Opportunities'. Teaching Life Writing: A Conference on Nonfiction and Pedagogy. University of Alberta. , Canada (Online) .
  • 29 Jul 2019 - 2 Aug 2019, 'A World of Detachment or Literature of the World? The Voices of Stella Benson'. International Comparative Literature Association Triennial Congress, University of Macau, Macau.
  • May 2018, ‘From Britain to Hong Kong: Architectural Space, the Everyday and the Colonial Imagination’. Remedying Distance: The Drive to bring closer in the Long Nineteenth Century. School of English, HKU, Hong Kong .
  • Dec 2017, 'Literary Spaces in South China Morning Post and early twentieth-century Hong Kong’. Creative Cultures of Anglophone Southeast and East Asia Workshop. The Open University, UK and CityU, Hong Kong .
  • Jul 2017, 'Travelling Forms, Contested Spaces: Reading Space(s) in Literary Periodicals in the Crown Colony'. Victorian Popular Fiction Association Annual Conference, 'Travel, Translation and Communication' , Institute of English Studies, London, UK.
  • May 2017, 'Charles Dickens, Lao She and the Everyday'. NAVSA/AVSA Triennial Conference. Organised by NYU/Purdue. NYU Florence, Italy.
  • May 2016, 'Remembering Dickens: Memory and (Re) Imagination in the English Press of the Crown Colony'. Forgotten Books and Cultural Memory. Taipei Tech, Taiwan.
  • Dec 2015, 'Contested Space: the Everyday and the Colonial Imagination'. ELLAK International Conference. Spaces/Spatialities: Practices, Encounters, and Articulations (invited speaker), Busan, Korea .
  • Jul 2015, 'Plague Narratives of 1894 and the English Press in the Crown Colony', Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Annual Conference: Life and Death in the 19th-Century Press , University of Ghent, Belgium .
  • Jul 2014, 'A Tale of Two Cities, Politics and Chinese History'. Australasian Victorian Studies Association Annual Conference: Victorian Transport. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong .
  • Jul 2014, 'Boundaries: Beatrice Webb and the Contested Space in "Pages from a Work-Girl's Diary"'. Literary London 2014. Institute of English Studies, University of London, London, UK.
  • Aug 2012, 'Articulating the Self: Reinterpretation of Values in Cross-Cultural Transmission of David Copperfield'. British Association for Victorian Studies, Victorian Value: Ethics, Economics, Aesthetics, University of Sheffield, UK.
  • Feb 2012, 'Global Dickens: Re-imagining Dickensian Spatiality and "Englishness" beyond the West'. Dickens's bicentennial conference, Dickens and the Idea of the Dickensian: A Tale of Four Cities, Paris, London.
  • Sep 2011, 'Composing (or decomposing) the Dickensian Cityscape: A cross-cultural study'. British Association for Victorian Studies annual conference, Composition and Decomposition', University of Birmingham, UK.

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Global Nineteenth-Century Studies
  • British Association for Victorian Studies
    British Comparative Literature Association
    Australasian Victorian Studies Association
    Dickens Fellowship
    The Literary London Society
    Research Society for Victorian Periodicals
    Victorian Popular Fiction Association

Workshop/Seminars/Outreach Activities

  • Organiser and Instructor, 'Life Writing and History' Public Workshop (coincided with 'Stars without a Heaven: Children in the Holocaust' exhibition). City University of Hong Kong. 26 October 2019.
  • Co-organiser, 'Stars without a Heaven: Children in the Holocaust' Exibition. Other co-organisers are Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre, and the Run Run Shaw Library, City University of Hong Kong. Wofoo Foundation Gallery, CityU Library. 16-31 October 2019.
  • Co-Organiser and Speaker, HK Public Libraries Reading Workshop 'Writing the City: Memory and Place'
    Hong Kong Central Library, 2 March 2019
  • Co-organiser and Speaker, Workshop for Secondary School Students.
    Lecture topic: 'Literature, Culture and the City'
    Department of English, CityU, 7 April 2018
  • Co-Organiser and Speaker, HK Public Libraries Reading Workshop 'Writing the City: Literature and the Urban Imaginary'
    Hong Kong Central Library, 3 March 2018
  • Invited Speaker, English Literary Works Reading Workshop, Hong Kong Literature Festival, Hong Kong Public Libraries, 27 June, 2016.

  • Organiser and Speaker, The Hong Kong Archive of Language Learning (HALL) Workshop. CityU. 30 April 2016.
    For details of the archive, please visit http://www.narratives.hk
  • Speaker, 'What Can We Learn from the Hong Kong Archive of Language Learning Project?', Research Seminar, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, 3 June 2016.
  • Speaker, 'Artistry of Space, the Everyday and the Colonial Imagination', Research Seminar, Department of English, City University of Hong Kong, 9 November 2015.

Last update date : 06 Aug 2022