School of the Arts Faculty
De-nin Deanna Lee is an art historian and specializes in the history of art in China. Dr. Lee's book, The Night Banquet: A Chinese Scroll in Time (University of Washington Press, 2010), examines the long cultural life a Chinese handscroll painting from legends of its tenth-century origins in imperial visual desire and surveillance to textual interventions made by viewers through the centuries, which reveal painting as a technology for performing cultural identity. Her current research examines how women as viewers and colophon writers participated in the culture of Chinese painting.
Dr. Lee has contributed to anthologies and museum catalogues, including The Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (Chinese University, 2010), A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture (Blackwell, 2011), and China's Imperial Modern: The Painter's Craft (University of Alberta, 2012). Her work has also been published in Word & Image, Journal of the American Oriental Society, and Journal of Song-Yuan Studies. She has been the recipient of a NEH summer stipend and Fulbright Grant. Before coming to Emerson, she taught at Bowdoin College and Deep Springs College.