The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; Director, Center for Korean Research
Modern and contemporary Korean literature and film
Theodore Hughes received his Ph.D. in modern Korean literature from the University of California, Los Angeles (2002). His research interests include coloniality; proletarian literature and art; cultures of national division; visuality and the global Cold War. He is the author of Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom’s Frontier (Columbia University Press, 2012), which won the James B. Palais Book Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. He is the co-editor of Intermedial Aesthetics: Korean Literature, Film, and Art (special issue of the Journal of Korean Studies, 2015) and Rat Fire: Korean Stories from the Japanese Empire (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013). Other publications include “Korean Literature Across Colonial Modernity and Cold War” (PMLA, 2011); “Planet Hallyuwood: Imaging the Korean War” (Acta Koreana, 2011); “Return to the Colonial Present: Ch’oe In-hun’s Cold War Pan-Asianism” (positions: east asia cultures critique, 2011); “‘North Koreans’ and other Virtual Subjects: Kim Yong-ha, Hwang Suk-young, and National Division in the Age of Posthumanism” (The Review of Korean Studies, 2008); “Korean Memories of the Vietnam and Korean Wars: A Counter-History” (Japan Focus, 2007); “Korean Visual Modernity and the Developmental Imagination” (SAI, 2006); “Development as Devolution: Nam Chong-hyon and the ‘Land of Excrement’ Incident” (Journal of Korean Studies, 2005); “Producing Sovereign Spaces in the Emerging Cold War World Order: Immediate Postliberation ‘North’ and ‘South’ Korean Literature” (Han’guk Munhak Yon’gu, 2005); Panmunjom and Other Stories by Lee Ho-Chul (Norwalk: EastBridge, 2005). His second book, The Continuous War: Cultures of Division in Korea (forthcoming from Columbia University Press) offers a cultural history of the Korean War spanning from the early 1950s through the early 2000s. Professor Hughes is Director of The Center for Korean Research.
Theodore Hughes, Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom’s Frontier (Columbia University Press, 2012).
Theodore Hughes, Jae-yong Kim, Jin-kyung Lee, and Sang-kyung Lee, editors, Rat Fire: Korean Stories from the Japanese Empire (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013).
WEAI professor and CKR director Theodore Hughes featured in Chosun Ilbo article on AAS-in-Asia’s special Korean Studies roundtable discussion. June 29, 2017
WEAI professor Theodore Hughes takes part in landmark Korean Literature workshop in Seoul. August 4, 2016
WEAI professor Theodore Hughes co-edits special issue of The Journal of Korean Studies. December 10, 2015
WEAI professor Theodore Hughes is featured in an article about the Raising the Bar lecture series in The Daily Beast. June 5, 2015
WEAI professor Theodore Hughes receives the 2014 James B. Palais Book Prize. January 10, 2014