Dr Sue Chen



Lecturer In Literary Studies


Faculty of Arts and Education


SCCA Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, 2009
GCHE Exempt, Deakin University, 2014



Shih-Wen Sue Chen received her PhD in Literature, Screen and Theatre Studies from The Australian National University (ANU). Sue was previously a post-doctoral fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Tamkang University, Taiwan and has also lectured in National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan. She has extensive experience in teaching literary studies and children’s literature to university students from diverse language and cultural backgrounds, having taught at the ANU, University of Canberra, NTHU, Tamkang, and the University of British Columbia (Canada). She is particularly interested in using online technology for teaching and received a grant to create an e-learning website titled “Happily Ever After: Creative Fairy tales and English Learning” which promoted creative thinking, writing and teaching through the exploration of traditional and fractured fairy tales from different countries.

She is the author of Representations of China in British Children’s Fiction, 1851-1911 (Ashgate, 2013). Her work has been published in edited books as well as in Children’s Literature in Education, Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature, and Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. Her research interests include Victorian and Edwardian children’s literature, Chinese children’s literature, book history, histories of reading, and publishing history.

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Research interests

children's literature, childhood studies, Victorian literature, book history, print culture


Member of:

• International Research Society for Children’s Literature
• Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research
• Chinese Studies Association of Australia

Units taught

ALL 153 - Literature for Children and Young Adults

ALL 154 - Power Politics And Texts For Young People

ALL 350 - Travelling Ideas and Transnational Children's Literature


• International Research Society for Children’s Literature Research Award (2015)

• Australian National University PhD Graduate School Scholarship (2006-2009)
• University of Canberra Chancellor’s Commendation Award (2003)
• University of British Columbia St. John’s College Sir Quo-Wei Lee Fellowship (2000-2001)
• University of British Columbia Faculty of Graduate Studies International Graduate Tuition Scholarship (2000-2001)
• Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship (1999-2000)


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Adventure and detection in Charles Gilson’s fiction, 1907–1934

Dr Sue Chen

(2015), Vol. 46, pp. 53-69, Children's literature in education, Berlin, Germany, C1


Baozou manhua (rage comics), internet humour and everyday life

Dr Sue Chen

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 690-708, Continuum: journal of media and cultural studies, London, Eng., C1


To avourably impress the oriental mind with western knowledge: Xiaohai yuebao (The Child’s Paper, 1875-1915) and international print culture

Dr Sue Chen

(2014), Vol. 29, pp. 59-73, Australian literary studies, St. Lucia, Qld, C1-1


Paradoxical performances: cruel constraints and Christian emancipation in 19–20th century missionary representations of Chinese women and girls

Dr Sue Chen

(2014), pp. 347-366, Divine Domesticities: Christian Paradoxes in Asia and the Pacific, Canberra, A. C. T., B1-1


“In Far Cathay”: Representations of China in The Boy’s Own Paper, 1879–1914

Dr Sue Chen

(2013), Vol. 44, pp. 156-173, Children's Literature in Education, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1-1


Representations of China in British children's fiction, 1851-1911

Dr Sue Chen

(2013), Farnham, Surrey, A1-1


China in a book: Victorian representations of the 'celestial kingdom' in William Dalton’s 'The wolf boy of China'

Dr Sue Chen

(2011), Vol. 21, pp. 1-18, Papers: explorations into children's literature, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1