Field: Korean Literature
Advisor: Theodore Hughes
Jae Won is a doctoral candidate in modern Korean literature. His researching and teaching interests include literary studies, intellectual history, popular culture and visual culture. His dissertation project looks at the discourse of “everyday life” (saenghwal, 生活) as a battleground of representation by writers, intellectuals, photographers, filmmakers, rural leaders and U.S. and South Korean policy makers primarily in the years following the Korean War (1950-1953). Before coming to EALAC, Jae Won received his B.A. in philosophy from Swarthmore College, and M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia’s School of the Arts, and worked as a literary translator in Seoul. He is also interested in Asian American studies, theories of race, film studies, and history of photography.