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We Jung Yi

We Jung Yi

Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature

201D Old Botany Building
Office Phone: (814) 867-5284


  1. Ph.D., Cornell University, in Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture, 2013
  2. M.A., Yonsei University, in Comparative Literature, 2005
  3. B.A., Yonsei University, in English Literature and Korean Literature, 2002


Trained as a specialist in modern Korean literature, I have sought to move beyond the boundaries of Korea through an interdisciplinary and transmedia approach to “Korea in the world.” Exploring various representations of Korea over the course of its modernization, from its colonial and diasporic experiences to its recent rise as a global cultural force, my research focuses on the (trans-)formation of national subjectivity on the Korean peninsula and beyond. I am currently working on my book manuscript, entitled Remembering the Unfinished War: Literature, Film, and the Politics of Mourning in South Korea, in which I engage with the cultural turn in Korean literary studies by tracing historical and aesthetic connections among diverse forms of Korean War memories. In addition to publication in the fields of film and cultural studies, I have also translated works of fiction and theory into Korean, including Ben Singer’s Melodrama and Modernity: Early Sensational Cinema and Its Contexts. Prior to arriving at Penn State, I taught Korean literature, cinema, and history at NYU as Visiting Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies.


Areas of Specialization:

Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

Comparative Asias

Feminist Theory and Gender Studies

Migration, Diaspora, Globalization

Translation and Translation Studies

Visual Culture, Information, and Media