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Jin-kyung Lee


Ph.D. (UCLA)

Associate Professor of Korean and Comparative Literature

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Email: jinkyung@ucsd.edu

Section Head, Comparative Literature

Modern Korean Literature; Gender Studies; Korean Diasporic Cultures

Jin-kyung Lee received her B. A. from Cornell University and her Ph. D. from UCLA in Comparative Literature. Her research interests include nationalist culture and politics of the colonial era, militarism and development in post-colonial South Korea, representations of gender and ethnicity, Asian labor migration in South Korea and Korean diaspora.

Selected Publications:

“Kim Tongin and the Political Legacy of Pure Literature in Modern Korea” for an edited volume, Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean Literature, ed. Yoon Sun Yang (Routledge, 2020), 15-26

“Afterword: Differently Politicizing Literature from the Authoritarian Era: The State, Antistate Leftist Nationalism, and Aesthetics” for an edited volume, titled, Revisiting Minjung: New Perspectives on the Cultural History of 1980s South Korea, ed. Sunyoung Park (University of Michigan Press, 2019), 275-287

“Changelings and Cinderellas: Class In/equality, Gendered Social Im/mobility and Post-developmentalism in Contemporary South Korean Television Dramas” for an edited volume, titled, Gender and Class in Contemporary South Korea: Intersectionality and Transnationality, eds. Hae Yeon Choo, John Lie, and Laura Nelson (Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California Berkeley, 2019), 16-36.

“Sekshuŏlit’i ŭi p’uroret’ariahwa: 1970nyŏndae munhak kwa taejung munhwa ŭi sŏngnodong ŭi chaehyŏn” [Proletarianization of Sexuality: Representations of Sex Work in the 1970s Literature and Popular Culture] in Munhak ŭl pusunŭn Munhak [Literature that Smashes Literature]. (Minŭmsa, August 2018), 288-309.

“Visualizing and Invisibilizing the Subempire: Labor, Humanitarianism and Popular Culture Across South Korea, Southeast and South Asia,” The Journal of Korean Studies Vol. 23, No. 1. (Spring, 2018), 95-109.

“Immigrant Subempire, Migrant Labor Activism and Multiculturalism in Contemporary South Korea” in Routledge Handbook of Korean Culture and Society: A Global Approach, ed. Youna Kim, (Routledge, 2016) 149-161

Korean Literature, Literary Studies and Disciplinary Crossings: A Transpacific Comparative Examination, The Review of Korean Studies, Co-guest editor, Introduction. Vol. 16, No. 2 (December, 2013)

Rat Fire: Korean Stories from the Japanese Empire.  Co-editor (Ithaca: Cornell East Asia Series, 2013)

Kundae Hanguk, Chegukgwa Minjok u i Kyoch aro [Modern Korea at Crossroads between Empire and Nation]. Co-editor, (Seoul: Ch’aekkwa hamkke, 2011)

Service Economies: Militarism, Sex Work and Migrant Labor in South Korea (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010 )

"Surrogate Military, Subimperialism, and Masculinity: South Korea in the Vietnam War, 1965-1973," positions: east asia cultures critique, Vol. 17, No. 3, (Winter, 2009), 655-682

"Ethnicity,(Sub)Empire, and Transnational Labor: Asian Migrant Workers in SouthKorea and South Korean Immigrants in the US," [Minjok, hawijegukjuui,ch’ogukgajok nodong: hangukui ijunodongjadulgwa migukui hangukiminjadul] Hwanghae Munhwa (Hwanghae Culture), (Inch’on, SouthKorea: Saeol Cultural Foundation), Vol. 50(Spring 2006)

"Performative Ethnicities: Class and Culturein 1930s Colonial Korea," Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, (Seoul: KyujanggakInstitute for Korean Studies, Seoul National University),19:1 (December 2006)

"Immigrant/Migrant Labor and KoreanDiaspora in the Age of Subimperialism: Pak Pom-sin’s Namaste" [Hawijegukjuui sidaeui chaehan ijunodongjawa hangukinuiisan: Pak Pom-sinui Namaste] Munhak Tongne (Literature World), (Seoul: MunhakdongnePublishing Co.), Vol. 48 (Fall, 2006)

"NationalHistory and Domestic Spaces: Secret Lives of Girls and Women in 1950sSouth Korea in O Chong-hui’s ‘The Garden of Childhood and The ChineseStreet." TheJournal of Korean Studies, 9:1 (Fall 2005)

"SovereignAesthetics, Disciplining Emotion and Racial Rehabilitation in Colonial Korea,1910-1922." Acta Koreana, 8:1 (Winter 2005)

"Autonomous Aesthetics and Autonomous Subjectivity: Construction ofModern Literature as a Site of Social Reforms and Nation-Building inColonial Korea, 1915-1925."  Ph.D. diss., University of California, LosAngeles, 2000.