Wai Chee Dimock

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Wai Chee Dimock has written on every period of American literature, from Anne Bradstreet[1] to Star Trek.[2] She is Wiilam Lampson Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University.,[3] and a film critic for the Los Angeles Review of Books.[4] Originally from Hong Kong, she received her B.A. from Harvard and Ph.D. from Yale. She argues for a broad conception of literature, including materials both high and low, and scales both local and global. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from Critical Inquiry[5] to the New Yorker[6] and The New York Times.[7]

Dimock is a frequent public speaker in the U.S. and abroad[8][9][10][11][12][13]

Her lecture course, "Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald," is available through Open Yale Courses.

Dimock was a consultant for "Invitation to World Literature," a 13-part series funded by the Annenberg Foundation[14] produced by WGBH, and aired on PBS in the fall of 2010.[15] A related Facebook forum, "Rethinking World Literature," is ongoing. She also writes a blog on "American Literature in the World",[16] a digital platform supporting a web-and-print anthology and an annual graduate conference.[17]


  • Shades of the Planet (Princeton UP, 2007)
  • Through Other Continents: American Literature Across Deep Time (Princeton UP, 2006)
  • Residues of Justice: Literature, Law, Philosophy (U of California P, 1997)
  • Rethinking Class (Columbia UP, 1994)
  • Empire for Liberty: Melville and the Poetics of Individualism (Princeton UP, 1989)