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Karen Fang


Office: 222D Roy Cullen Building
Phone: 713-743-2949

Karen Fang is associate professor in the Department of English, where her research and teaching interests center upon surveillance, narrative, imperial and postcolonial culture, and comparative global modernities. As a scholar of literature as well as film, she is the author or editor of several studies on Hong Kong and Asian film, including Arresting Cinema: Surveillance in Hong Kong Film (forthcoming Stanford 2017), Surveillance in Asian Cinema: Under Eastern Eyes (forthcoming Routledge 2017), and John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow (Hong Kong University Press 2004); she is also the author of a study of early nineteenth-century British writing, Romantic Writing and the Empire of Signs (Virginia 2010). Her regular film courses include “Hong Kong Cinema” (ENGL 3358), “Vision and Power” (ENGL 4373: Film, Text, and Politics) and “Surveillance Futures” (ENGL 4397: Selected Topics in Film, Literature, and Culture,” and in all of these courses students are encouraged to connect their own interests through self-chosen presentations and optional creative final projects. As an active member of the Film Committee at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Karen Fang is an ardent supporter of collective film viewing and the power of cinema to enrich civic life.

Critical Studies Courses

  • ENGL 3358 - Hong Kong Cinema
  • ENGL 4373 - Film, Text, and Politics (“Vision and Power”)
  • ENGL 4397 - Selected Topics in Film, Literature, and Culture (“Surveillance Futures”)
  • ENGLI 7396 - Theories of the Moving Image [offered Spring 2018]