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Chung, Jae Won Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • Jae Won Chung's dissertation looked at the discourse of “everyday life” as a crucial site of post-colonial and Cold War contestations, revealing a range of nuanced and complex ontological, aesthetic, affective negotiations under way in how everyday life was imagined, represented, and understood. By analyzing works of fiction writers, intellectuals, photographers, essayists, filmmakers, rural leaders, and U.S. and South Korean governmental actors, he brought into focus what he calls a “postwar crisis of modernity,” which was shaped by the lingering legacy of Japanese imperialization and an ongoing negotiation with South Korea’s semi-sovereign position vis-à-vis the United States. He is also developing his second project organized around the evolving interplay between literary representations of the apocalyptic and the mundane in the modern construction of subjectivity from the colonial-era to the present.


  • modern and contemporary Korean literature, intellectual history, philosophy, media studies (with a particular emphasis on photography and cinema), Asian American studies, theories of race and affect


courses taught

  • ASIA 4001 - Advanced Language Co-Seminar Arts and Humanities
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Acts as a Co-Seminar for advanced Asian Studies students.
  • KREN 1011 - Introduction to Korean Civilization
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces the history of Korean culture within the context of political, social, and economic history. Covers the old Choson dynasty to present day Korea. Taught in English.
  • KREN 2441 - Film and Korean Culture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces students to major works, genres, and trends of Korean cinema from the colonial period to the present. We will explore how cinema registers Korea's experience with modernity, colonialism, national division, the Cold War, and globalization, paying particular attention to class, gender, nation, race and migration. Taught in English. No prior knowledge of Korea or film art is required.
  • KREN 3841 - Modern Korean Literature in English Translation
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Surveys masterpieces of modern Korean literature written by significant Korean/Korean American authors in English. Provides various literary and theoretical frameworks to understand Korean literature within the context of Asian global culture. Covers from colonial period to the present. Taught in English. No prior knowledge of Korea or Korean literature is required.
  • KREN 3851 - Studies in Korean Popular Culture
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Introduces Korean popular culture, considering its ideological, economic, and socio-political function, its reception and use, and medium-specific textual operations of individual works, drawing from music, cinema, dance, music videos, literature, comics, and other forms of texts and events. The course moves from the Japanese colonial period to the contemporary moment, providing coverage of North and South Korea. Taught in English.