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  Nayoung A. Kwon, Affliated Faculty
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  Nayoung A. KwonAssociate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Office Location:  2204 Erwin Road Room 209, Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708
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Teaching (Spring 2023):

  • Ames 372.01, Two koreas Synopsis
    Languages 211, MW 05:15 PM-06:30 PM
  • Ames 476s.01, Archiving and visualizing asia Synopsis
    Languages 208, Tu 01:45 PM-04:15 PM
  • Ames 576s.01, Archiving and visualizing asia Synopsis
    Languages 208, Tu 01:45 PM-04:15 PM


Cultural Studies
Research Interests:

Nayoung Aimee Kwon is Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Korean and Japanese Cultural Studies in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Women's Studies and the Program in the Art of the Moving Image. She is currently working on her book manuscript Translating Empire: the Conundrum of Collaboration in Korea and Japan (forthcoming from Duke University Press) which examines the broader problem of colonial modern and postcolonial contestations in East Asia. This issue is examined through interactions of Japanese and Korean writers and translators in the Japanese empire and their controversial postcolonial legacies. Her research and teaching interests include transcultural co-productions (literature, film, theater) between Korea and Japan; Korean and Japanese literary and filmic exchanges; theories of empire, translation, and postcoloniality; globalization and transpacific migrations and cultural flows between Asia and America. She is also a translator of Korean and Japanese literatures into English.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  1. Kwon, NA. "A MINOR MODERNIST’S CONUNDRUM OF REPRESENTATION: Kim Saryang and the Colonized I-Novel." The Routledge Companion to Korean Literature  (January, 2022): 245-256. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Kwon, NA. Theorizing Colonial Cinema: Reframing Production, Circulation, and Consumption of Film in Asia.  edited by Kwon, N Indiana University Press, 2021.
  3. Kwon, NA. "The Figure of the Translator." Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean Literature  (March, 2020).  [abs]
  4. Kwon, NA. "The figure of the translator: Kim Saryang between Korean and Japanese literatures." Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean Literature  (January, 2020): 215-224. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Kwon, NA. Ch'inmilhan Cheguk.  Somyong Press, 2020. (translated by Kim, J-G; In, A; Chong, K-I)