Emily Sun

Visiting Associate Professor of Comparative Literature


Emily Sun joins the Barnard faculty from 2015-2018 as Visiting Associate Professor. Her teaching and research interests include British and European Romanticism, Shakespeare, literary theory (with an emphasis on psychoanalysis), issues in Chinese-Western comparative literary historiography, and topics in cross-cultural politics and aesthetics. She is currently developing a book project on forms of connection and interaction between Romantic and Chinese literary modernities, with attention to the familiar essay, the tale, the literary manifesto, and the anthology.


Her courses at Barnard include "Introduction to Comparative Literature," the Colloquium in Literary Theory, as well as electives on narrative, translation, and topics in cross-cultural politics and poetics. She comes to Barnard on leave from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, where she is an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and where she founded and directed the Center for Comparative Literature.


Selected Publications:

Succeeding King Lear: Literature, Exposure, and the Possibility of Politics (Fordham University Press, 2012)

Co-editor (with Emily Rohrbach), Reading Keats, Thinking Politics, special issue of Studies in Romanticism 50.2 (2011)

Co-editor (with Eyal Peretz and Ulrich Baer), The Claims of Literature: A Shoshana Felman Reader (Fordham University Press, 2007)


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B.A., Amherst College
M.Phil, Ph.D., Yale University