Hyun Suk Park
Hyun Suk Park earned her B.A. in Korean literature and English literature and her M.A .in classical Korean literature at Seoul National University in Korea. She completed her Ph. D. in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago in 2015. Her primary field is Korean literature and culture from the mid-seventeenth through the nineteenth century, encompassing texts in Korean and in classical Chinese. Her research interests include intersections of literature and the performance of music and dance, the history of gender and sexuality, the comparative history of slavery, ritual studies, travel writings, and cultural exchanges in East Asia. Her dissertation, “The Government Courtesan: Status, Gender, and Performance in Late Chosŏn Korea,” examines the music and dance performance in state ritual and ceremony by government courtesans, female entertainers of hereditary base status. It argues that courtesan performance constituted an integral part of the creation and representation of state power in Chosŏn Korea, and at the same time contained points of disjuncture that crossed the boundaries of gender, social status, and Confucian rules of decorum. She is currently working to turn her dissertation into a book manuscript. Her second research project concerns the travel writings by Korean scholars including Kim Ch’ang-ŏp, Hong Tae-yong and Pak Chi-wŏn who visited Qing China in the eighteenth century. It will explore how Korean scholars’ imagining of the state and the international order in the eighteenth century navigated diverse possibilities to build a new political order anchored in multiple centers in East Asia. At Berkeley, she is teaching various courses, including “Introduction to Premodern Korean Literature and Culture (Korean 7A),” “Introduction to Modern Korean Literature and Culture (Korean 7B),” “Intercultural Encounters in Korean Literature (Korean 170),” and “Gender and Korean Literature” (Korean 172).