Yoon Sun Yang

Assistant Professor of Korean & Comparative Literature
Convener of Korean
STH 604
BA, Yonsei University (South Korea)
MA, Yonsei University; State University of New York at Stony Brook (Stony Brook University)
PhD, University of Chicago

On Leave Spring 2015

Professor Yang, trained in Korean literature, comparative literature, and East Asian literature and culture, focuses her current research on turn-of-the-20th-century Korean fiction, gender, and colonialism. She is now at work on a book manuscript tentatively titled From Domestic Women to Sensitive Youths: The Rise of Modern Korean Fiction, 1906-1918. Selected by the Daesan Foundation as a recipient of the 2011 Grant for Translation, Research, and Publication of Korean Literary Works, this manuscript gives a gender-conscious and post-colonial account of the beginnings of modern Korean prose fiction. Prior to joining Boston University in the fall of 2012, she was Assistant Professor of Korean Studies at Arizona State University. Professor Yang’s teaching interests include Korean and East Asian literature, culture, and film, gender studies, and literary and cultural theory. Her recent publications are “Enlightened Daughter, Benighted Mother: Yi Injik’s ‘Tears of Blood’ and Early Twentieth Century Korean Domestic Fiction” (positions: asia critique 22 (1), Winter 2014), Review of Ruth Barraclough’s Factory Girl Literature (The Journal of Asian Studies 72 (4), 2013), and “From Female Ghosts to Ghostly Womanhood: Mt. Ch’iak (1908-1911) and Birth of Modern Korean Fiction” (Comparative Literature Studies, 2014, Vol.51(4)). In Fall 2015 Professor Yang offers LK 250 Introduction to Korean Literature (in English translation) and LK 470 Literary Modernism and Colonialism in Korea (equivalent to 4th year Korean; prerequisites: LK 312 or consent of instructor).

Yoon Sun Yang’s CV