Jooyeon Rhee

Jooyeon Rhee

Dorothy W. Gilpatrick University Endowed Fellow in the Humanities
Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature
Director of the Institute for Korean Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies
201D Old Botany Building
Jooyeon Rhee


B.A.York University
M.A. York University
Ph.D. York University


I am Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature who specializes in modern Korean literature and culture. My main research deals with Korean popular literature with particular emphasis on transnational literary exchanges and interactions. My first book, The Novel in Transition: Gender and Literature in Early Colonial Korea (Cornell University Press, 2019), investigates the transnational feature of modern Korean novels at the intersections of nation, gender and colonialism. Currently, I am working on a book-length research on cultural imaginations of crime and deviance manifested in Korean detective fiction of late colonial Korea. My other research interests include diasporic art and literature, visual culture, and food studies, all of which I incorporate into my teaching.

Recent Publications:


Jooyeon Rhee, Chikako Nagayama, Eric Li (eds.). Gender and Food in Contemporary East Asia. Lexington Books, 2021.

The Novel in Transition: Gender and Literature in Early Colonial Korea, Cornell University Press, 2019.

WHITE. Written by Kenya Hara, translated by Jooyeon Rhee. Tokyo: Chuokoron Shinsha, 2008.

Edited Peer-Reviewed Special Journal Issues

(in progress) Krishnendu Ray, Jooyeon Rhee, Tina Chen (eds.). “Culinary Culture on the Move.” Verge 9.2 (2023).

Hong Kal and Jooyeon Rhee (eds.). “Witnessing and Remembering Trauma in Northeast Asia in the Visual Age.” Asian Studies Review vol. 46 no. 3 (2022).” Asian Studies Review vol. 46 no. 3 (2022).

Jooyeon Rhee and Hong Kal (eds.) “Social Changes and Visual Culture in Contemporary Korea.” Korean Studies, vol. 43 (Spring 2019).

Jooyeon Rhee and Hijoo Son (eds.) “Diasporic Art and Korean Identity,” Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Reviews, no. 29 (December, 2018).

Jooyeon Rhee and Nissim Otmazgin (eds.), “Expanding Transnational Dialogue in Asia Through Hallyu,” The Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Vol. 14, Issue 7, No. 4, April 1, 2016. (Spring 2016).

Articles in Peer-Review Journals

“Beyond the Sexualized Colonial Narrative: Undoing the Visual History of Kisaeng in Colonial Korea.” Journal of Korean Studies vol. 22, no. 1 (2022): 37-64.

“Cinematic Testimony to the Repatriation of Zainichi Koreans to North Korea in Yang Yonghi’s Autobiographical Films.” Asian Studies Review vol. 43 no. 3 (2021): 473-490.

“Beyond Victims and Heroes: The 5.18 Cinema Across Gender Boundary,” Korean Studies, volume 43 (2019): 68-95.

“Gender Politics in Food Escape: Korean Masculinity in TV Cooking Shows in South Korea,” Journal of Popular Film and Television, 47:1 (2019): 56-64.

“Making Sense of Fiction: Social and Political Functions of Serialized Fiction in The Daily News (Maeil sinbo) in 1910s Korea.” Journal of Korean Studies, vol. 22, no. 1 (2017): 227-257.

“Against the Nihilism of Suffering and Death: Life and Works of Richard E. K. Kim.” Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, no. 18 (March, 2016): 1-20.

“The Politics of Romance in Colonial Korea: An Investigation of a Korean Translation of the Japanese Romance Novel, The Gold Demon.” Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies, vol 15, no. 1 (2015): 69-87.

“No Country for the New Woman”: Rethinking Gender and Cultural Nationalism in Colonial Korea through Kim Myǒngsun.” Acta Koreana, vol 17, no. 1 (June 2014): 399-427.

Recent Courses:

KOR 120 Survey of Korean Culture and Society in Historical Contexts

KOR 121 Korean Popular Culture

KOR 425 Global Korean Cinema

CMLIT 131/ASIA 131 Crime and Detection in World Literature

CMLIT 004/ASIA 004 Introduction to Asian Literature

Research Interests:

Modern Korean literature

Modern Japanese literature

Women and gender studies

Diaspora studies

Visual culture

Food studies