Dr. Heekyoung Cho to assume position in Korean program

Heekyoung ChoThis Autumn, the Department will be welcoming to its faculty Dr. Heekyoung Cho in the capacity of Assistant Professor of Korean. Dr. Cho has spent this past academic year at Yale on a postdoctoral fellowship. She recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, writing a dissertation on the translation and adaptation of Russian literature in early twentieth-century Korea. Before coming to the University of Chicago, Dr. Cho did an undergraduate degree and an M.A. (in Russian literature) at Yonsei University. In her dissertation, Dr. Cho explores how Korean intellectuals read, interpreted, and appropriated Russian prose literature. The translation and adaptation of Russian literary texts and methods demonstrates the response of a colonized people to modify authorial production to meet historical demands. Dr. Cho's other areas of interest include translation and the formation of national literature, modern Korean literature and its historiography, and Korean-Japanese-Russian cultural relations. At the UW, Dr. Cho will be teaching courses in Korean literature, culture, film, and language.

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