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Indiana University Bloomington

Images of Korea

Susan Hwang « Faculty

Assistant Professor, EALC

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(812) 855-5339


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I specialize in contemporary Korean literature and culture, with broader scholarly interest in intellectual history in East Asia, the relationship between aesthetics and politics, translation studies, and theories of world literature. My current project examines the shifting relationship between literature and dissident politics in South Korea from the 1960s to the present. In this project I tell the story of how writers, critics, and intellectuals emerged as political actors at crucial junctures in South Korea’s recent history. In my teaching, I draw extensively from my training in intertextuality, theory and practice of translation, and transnationalism in East Asia. While promoting comparative and critical engagement with diverse cultural forms (literature, film, digital media, etc.), I emphasize the importance of examining the politics of medium and storytelling that shape Korea’s cultural and textual history.