Lee, Leo Ou-Fan

 

Lee, Leo Ou-Fan

李歐梵

Leo Ou-fan Lee is currently Wei Lun Professor of Humanities and a Fellow of Morningside College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Born in China, he was brought up in Taiwan and went to the United States for graduate education where he received his Ph. D. from Harvard in 1970.

Having taught at Harvard, UCLA, Chicago, Indiana, and Princeton. He took early retirement in 2004 in order to return to Hong Kong for a second career as both an academic and a cultural critic at large, writing in both Chinese and English.

His scholarly publications in English include: Shanghai Modern: The Flowering of a New Form of Urban Culture, 1930-1945 (Harvard University Press, 1999), Voices from the Iron House: A Study of Lu Xun (Indiana University Press, 1987), and The Romantic Generation of Modern Chinese Writers (Harvard, 1973). While in the United States, he received a number of fellowships and prizes, including the Guggenheim Fellowship. In Hong Kong, he has been an active writer and promoter of the cause of humanities both inside and outside the academy with a steady string of more than two dozen essay collections in Chinese. The most recent and relevant is Renwen Jinzhao 人文今朝 (Humanities Today; Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2010). A special book written for Hong Kong with photos is called City between Worlds: My Hong Kong (Harvard University Press, 2008).