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[Roundtable] Exploring The Routledge Companion to Korean Literature (5/11)

February 9, 2023

On Thursday, May 11, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Thomson Hall 317, join Professors Heekyoung Cho (Asian Languages and Literature), Jang Wook Huh (American Ethnic Studies), Ungsan Kim (Asian Languages and Literature), and Korea Studies Librarian Hyokyoung Yi for presentations on the creation of The Routledge Companion to Korean Literature.

The event will be followed by a reception. Light refreshments provided.

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Our Presenters

Heekyoung Cho is an Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures. Professor Cho is also the Graduate Program Coordinator and the Korean Program Coordinator at the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. She is the editor of The Routledge Companion to Korean Literature (Routledge, 2022) and author of Translation’s Forgotten History: Russian Literature, Japanese Mediation, and the Formation of Modern Korean Literature (Harvard University Asia Center, 2016). The recipient of NEH and ACLS fellowships, Cho’s current research focuses on translation studies, transregional literary interactions, seriality in both old and new media, graphic narrative and its transmedia production, and media ecology in contemporary Korea and East Asia.

Jang Wook Huh is an Assistant Professor of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington. He specializes in ethnic American and comparative literature, with an emphasis on the circulation of Blackness in a transpacific context. He is currently completing a book manuscript on the literary and cultural connections between Black liberation struggles in the United States and anticolonial movements in Korea during the Japanese and American occupations. His work has appeared in American QuarterlyComparative LiteratureJournal of Korean StudiesLangston Hughes ReviewLiterature Compass, and other venues. His research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the Fulbright Program, among others.

Ungsan Kim is Assistant Professor of Asian Cinema in the Department of Asian Languages & Literature and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Washington. His research interests and specialization span across Korean cinema, inter-Asian cinema, contemporary Vietnamese and Chinese language cinema, queer cinema and media cultures of Asia, experimental cinema, and documentary. He is currently at work on a monograph, The Cinema of the Future Imperfect. The book traces a genealogy of critical and political queer cinema of Asia. With the book, he seeks to demonstrate how contemporary queer Asian cinema provides refreshed conceptions of queerness and temporality and how it engages with audiovisual experimentations as a means of defying normative ways of representing cinematic subjects and progressive history.  He has taught a wide range of courses, including Korean cinema, Asian horror cinema, queer Asian cinema, Korean directors, East Asian cinema, writing about films, and LGBTQ+ literature. He is also interested in developing and teaching courses on Asian documentary, women’s cinema of Asia, Vietnamese cinema, and queer media cultures in Asia.

Hyokyoung Yi is University of Washington’s Korea Studies librarian.  She not only maintains our extensive Korea-related collection, much of which is written in Korean, but conducts an annual exploration during which she scours the globe for new material, from the newest works of literature coming out of South Korea to extremely hard to find publications from the North. Recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Librarian Award, Yi’s current work involves digitizing the Routledge Guide into a fully accessible research database.