Associate Professor of Korean & Comparative Literature
On Leave AY 2022/2023
Yoon Sun Yang is Associate Professor of Korean & Comparative Literature and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program. She is the author of From Domestic Women to Sensitive Young Men: Translating the Individual in Early Colonial Korea (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, Asia Center, 2017), which won the James B. Palais Book Prize of the Association for Asian Studies in 2020 (Click on this link to see her recent interview with AAS about her award-winning book). Her edited volume Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean Literature came out in 2020 (please visit this site to preview the book). Her latest articles are “Interracial Romance, Unlawful Marriage: Transpacific Encounters in Early Korean American Literature” (included in her edited volume) and “Madness, Medicine, and Masculinity: Kim Tongin’s “Oh, Frail-hearted!” (1919–1920)” in The Journal of Korean Studies 23:2 (October 2018). She is currently translating early colonial Korean short stories and essays published between 1907 and 1918 (for the MLA Texts and Translations series) while working on two book-length studies: “Transpacific Palimpsests: Early Twentieth-Century Korean Migrant Literature between Two Empires” and “Beyond the Medical Gaze: Sexuality and Illness in Korean Literature.” At BU she teaches Introduction to Korean Literature, Introduction to Comparative Literature: East Asian Literature, Korean Cinema, Gender in East Asian Film, Growing Up in Korea, Majors Authors in Korean Literature, and Readings in Korean Literature.