Theodore Q. Hughes

Theodore Q. Hughes

Research Interest

Visual culture; cultural studies; literature; history.

Theodore Hughes received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include visual culture, film, literature, and history. He works across disciplines, with a particular interest in intermediality—the relations between visual and verbal forms of cultural production. He is the author of Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom’s Frontier (Columbia University Press, 2012), which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title and won the James B. Palais Book Prize of the Association for Asian Studies for the best book in Korean studies in the year of its publication. Co-edited works include Intermedial Aesthetics: Korean Literature, Film, and Art (special issue of Journal of Korean Studies, 2015); and Rat Fire: Korean Stories from the Japanese Empire (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013), a finalist for the Daesan Literary Translation Prize. He is the translator of Panmunjom and Other Stories by Lee Ho-Chul (EastBridge, 2004; reissued under EastBridge imprint at Camphor Press, 2017). His current project, The Limitless War: Death and Dying in Korea, is under contract at Columbia University Press.



Hughes, Theodore. Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom’s Frontier. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.

Hughes, Theodore, Jae-yong Kim, Jin-kyung Lee, and Sang-kyung Lee, eds. Rat Fire: Korean Stories from the Japanese Empire. Ithaca: Cornell University East Asia Program, 2013.