Kyeong-Hee Choi

Kyeong-Hee Choi's research and teaching evolve around the relationship between the culture of publication and the historical experiences of modern Koreans, including the experiences of Japanese colonial rule, national division, the Korean War, the Cold War, and democratization. Through exploration of them, she pursues her particular concerns with gender on the one hand and with the literary text as embodied entity on the other. In her first book project, she studied the constitutive role played by Japanese colonial censorship in shaping modern Korean literature both physically and substantively. Currently, she is working on a book project tentatively titled "Rewritten in Divided Korea: Colonial Literature as a History, 1945-1960," investigating the emergence of separate versions of the canon of modern national literature in a divided Korea.

Over the past few years, she has offered courses with a view to articulating the particularities of Korean experience and representations of the twentieth century against the backdrop of East Asia of the last century (examples: "Disasters and Memory in Modern Korean Fiction"; "Literature of War and Division"; "Gender and Modernity in Colonial Korea"; "The Making of Modern Chinese and Korean Literature" (co-taught with Professor Xiaobing Tang). She would like to expand my teaching interests in two directions: Cold War Studies and Asian American Studies.

Dr. Kyeong-Hee Choi is reading Korean poetry during this event. Brother Anthony is reading selections of Korean poetry at The Chicago Temple on October 27, via Google Talk.