Department of English

Chi Le

B.A. Philosophy, University of Chicago, 2018, M.F.A. Creative Writing, Cornell University, 2020
Research Interests Asian American Studies, Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Literary and Cultural Theory, Poetry and Poetics, Race and Ethnicity, 20th-Century and Contemporary


My research focuses on 20th -century and contemporary literatures tied to colonial histories. I am interested in the relationship between politics and literary form. Currently, I am thinking about the
moralization of different kinds of debt and the embrace, or rejection, of this impulse in literature. Broadly speaking, I am also drawn to “philosophy and literature,” which, to me, includes textual objects and methodological approaches open simultaneously to theory and close reading.

Before Brown, I found a place to nurture my study of poetry and writing practice at Cornell, where I also worked as a lecturer for two years.