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

Spring 2017 Office hours: T: 10:00 am-10:30 am, W 11:30 am-1 pm

Yoon Sun Yang’s research and teaching interests include Korean literature, comparative literature, gender studies, film, and graphic novels. Her first book From Domestic Women to Sensitive Young Men: Translating the Individual in Early Colonial Korea (Harvard University Press, Asia Center, forthcoming 2017) examines how the European notion of the individual took root in Korean literature, especially through literary figures, after its initial introduction to Korea in the closing years of the nineteenth century. In doing so, it calls into question the widely accepted belief that there is only one kind of individuality transferable across cultural, temporal, and gender boundaries. An earlier iteration of this project was selected by the Daesan Foundation as a recipient of the 2011 Grant for Translation, Research, and Publication of Korean Literary Works. 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)).  She is currently working on three projects: Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean Literature (the editor, under contract), an anthology of early colonial Korean short stories and essays published between 1907 and 1918, and a book-length study tentatively titled Under the Medical Gaze: Gender, Illness, and Literature in Korea.


Yoon Sun Yang CV