Lien Fan Shen

Associate Professor


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Lien Fan Shen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Arts at the University of Utah. Shen earned her Ph. D. in Art Education at

The Ohio State University and an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her creative work includes manga, animation, and digital arts.

Shen has published five manga in Taiwan: Let’s Fall in Love, I’ll be Your Paradise 1-2, and Clair de Lune 1-2. Clair de Lune was awarded The Best Romantic Comic in Taiwan. Her animation has won several international awards, and her works have been screened and exhibited in Singapore, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Netherlands, and the United States. Her recent animated documentary "Seeing Through the Eyes of Crocodiles" was screened in Bejing Queer Film Festival, Shanghai Pride Film Festival, TWIST Seattle Queer Film Festival, and Boston LGBT Film Festival. It also won the Best Editing Award in Shanghai Pride.

Shen’s scholarly research focuses on the intersection among pleasure, power, and politics of viewing animation, as well as the subject’s persistent practices in visual fields. Her recent book chapters are: “Traversing Otaku Fantasy: Representation of the Otaku Subject, Gaze, and Fantasy in Otaku no Video,” in Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan and “The hysterical subject of shojo: The dark, twisted heroines in Revolutionary Girl Utena and Puella Magi Madoka

Magica” in Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture.