Sunyoung ParkAssistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Gender Studies
Phone: (213) 740-8256
Office: THH 378
- B.A. Korean Language and Literature, Seoul National University, 2/1995
- M.A. English Literature, SUNY at Buffalo, 9/1998
- Ph.D. English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 10/2006
- Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California, 08/2008-
- Visiting Lecturer in Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 2004-2005
- Postdoctoral Fellow in Korean Stuides, Washington University in St. Louis, 08/2006-05/2008
- Park, S. (2010). trans and ed. On the the Eve of the Uprising and Other Stories from Colonial Korea. Cornell East Asian Series.
- Park, S. (2011). The Korean Novel. (Peter Logan eds., Ed.). 460-466. Blacwell Encyclopedia of the Novel.
- Park, S. (2011). "A Forgotten Aesthetic: Reportage in Colonial Korea 1920s-1930s". Comparative Korean Studies. Vol. 19 (2), pp. 35-69.
- Park, S. (2010). "Rethinking Feminism in Colonial Korea: Kang Kyongae and 1930s Leftist Women’s Literature". Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique (forthcoming).
- Park, S. "Everyday Life as Critique in Late Colonial Korea: Kim Namch’on’s Literary Experiments, 1934–1943." Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 68, no. 3. (2009): 861–893.
- Park, S. (2006). "The Colonial Origin of Korean Realism and Its Contemporary Manifestation". Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique. Vol. 14 (1), pp. 165–192.
Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History
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Description of Research
Summary Statement of Research Interests
The focus of my research is the literary and cultural history of modern Korea, which I approach from the varying perspectives of world literature, postcolonial theory, cultural studies, and transnational feminism and Marxism. I am particularly interested in how the early-century discourse of "realism" often came to be at odds with the aspirations of various brands of "modernism," and in how the ensuing debates have shaped the course of Korean literature and film up to our days. Currently I am working on a study of the leftist and proletarian literature of the 1920s and 1930s, which I read comparatively (esp. Japan, China, and Russia) and alternatively to the nationalist paradigm that was once dominant within Korean criticism. In addition to these projects, and with a view to future research, I am proposing to study the historical development of modern popular literature from a point of view that is at once textual and sociological. This project will further my interest in the intersections between traditional and modern literature, literature and visual culture, and cultural production and reception. Reflective of my research orientations, my teaching interests include the intellectual and cultural history of modern Korea, contemporary Korean cinema, East Asia in cross-cultural theories, and twentieth-century world literature.
Intellectual and cultural history of modern Korea and Japan; contemporary Korean literature and film; Marxism; postcolonial studies; transnational feminism
- Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
- University of Southern California
- Taper Hall 356
- Los Angeles, California 90089-0357
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