Amanda Lee is Visiting Assistant Professor at Grinnell College. Her research and courses investigate French nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature and the performing arts from the vantage of aesthetics, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, and critical race studies. She is author of “Péris and Devadasis in Paris: Orientalist Ballet as Poetic Translation,” in Nineteenth- Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal 41.2 (2019) and “The Romantic Ballet and the Nineteenth-Century Poetic Imagination,” in Dance Chronicle: Studies in Dance and the Related Arts 39.1 (2016), winner of the Council for European Studies First Article Prize. Her recent interests include literary and cultural representations of Jewish dancers in nineteenth-century France, topic of the latest chapter of her book manuscript, The Poetics of Dance in Nineteenth-Century France: Transcribing Movement, Gender, and Culture. Before coming to Grinnell, she taught French and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Colgate University. She holds a Ph.D. in French Language and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.
In addition to her scholarship, Amanda Lee became a Certified Instructor of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum (Levels I-III) in 2018. She also founded Tourbillon Dance Project, where she continues to conduct research through artistic practice, collaborating with students and local artists. Her most recent choreographic work, Danced Translations of Hamilton, was performed in the Festival Off d’Avignon in France (2018), and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia (2019).