Chatham University

English Faculty and Staff

Karen S. Kingsbury

Karen S. Kingsbury

Professor of International Studies
Hometown : Sutter Creek, CA
Joined Chatham : 2011

Academic Areas of Interest

Modern Chinese and East Asian literature and film, Asian American literature and film, literary translation


  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 1995
  • M.Phil, Columbia University, 1990
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1986
  • B.A., Whitman College, 1982


  • Half a Lifelong Romance by Eileen Chang. Translation and introduction. London: Penguin Classics, 2014. New York: Anchor, 2016.
  • “Zhang Ailing.” Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography. Vol. 4. Great Barrington MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2016. 528-533.
  • ["Introducing Foreign Fiction to College Students: Observations and Examples"]. Translated by Louis Liu and Vanessa Wei. [Translators’ Dialogue II]. China Writers Association Foreign Affairs Bureau, ed. Beijing: Chinese Writers Association, 2012: 83-87.
  • Love in A Fallen City by Eileen Chang. Translation and introduction. New York: NYRB Classics, 2007. London, Penguin Classics, 2007.
  • “Yellow Peril, Dark Hero: Fu Manchu and the Gothic Bedevilment of Racist Intent.” The Gothic Other: Racial and Social Constructions in the Literary Imagination. Anolik, Ruth Bienstock and Douglas L. Howard, eds. Jefferson NC: MacFarland and Co., 2004: 104-19.
  • ["Eileen Chang’s ‘Off-set Opposition’ and Eurasian Culture-creation"]. Trans., Zhang Yifan, Cai Shuhui. Yuedu Zhang Ailing: guoji yantaohui lunwenji. Yang Ze, ed. Taipei: Maitian, 1999: 303-19.
  • “Original Imitation: Plagiarism in the Chinese-Society EFL Classroom.” First Regional Conference on English in Southeast Asia. Nanyang Technological University, 1997: 148-55.



  • “Eileen Chang and (Middle) American Readers.” Eileen Chang Cultural Industry Conference. Nangang, Taiwan. July 1-2, 2016.
  • “Conscious Coquette: Unerasable Zhang Ailing.” ASIANetwork Annual Conference. St. Petersburg, FL, March 4-6, 2016.
  • “Eileen Chang, John P. Marquand, and Heddy Lamarr: Rewriting WASP Realism in Half a Lifelong Romance.” Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies. University of Pittsburgh, Oct 9-11, 2015.
  • “Korean Wave Unwrapped: Dumplings in and out of Dae Jang Geum.” 2015 Annual Meetings of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society, Chatham University, June 24-28, 2015.
  • “In the Eye of the Storm: Pedagogy as Art in Time.” American Comparative Literature Association. New York University, March 20-23, 2014.
  • Intimate Transnationality: Sylvie Levey’s Cinematic Studies of Shanghainese Women’s Lives.” Modern Language Association Convention. Los Angeles, Jan 2011.
  • “Diachronic Diasporic Identity: Recalling Literary Genre in Taiwan-situated Readings of Sky Lee and Timothy Mo.” 13th Conference of the Republic of China English and American Literature Association. Tunghai Univ, Nov 2005.