The Center for Korean Studies at UC Berkeley is honored to announce the inaugural winner of the UC Berkeley Hong Yung Lee Book Award in Korean Studies, Kinship Novels of Early Modern Korea: Between Genealogical Time and the Domestic Everyday (Columbia University Press, 2021), by Professor Ksenia Chizhova (Princeton University).
Kinship Novels of Early Modern Korea is a pioneering treatise on lineage novels [kamun sosŏl], a literary genre that has been understudied and underexamined, particularly in English-language academia. In the book, Prof. Chizhova assembles granular textual readings, historical inquiries and examinations, and theoretical illumination to put forward a compelling view of established kinship norms, intimate practices in the domestic spheres, and the development of the emotional self in late Chosŏn Korea.
The UC Berkeley Hong Yung Lee Book Award in Korean Studies and its $10,000 prize were created to support groundbreaking research and writing that seeks to further the field of Korean Studies. A ceremony and symposium to celebrate the award and Professor Chizhova’s achievement will be held at UC Berkeley on February 3, 2023.
The Center for Korean Studies at UC Berkeley is deeply grateful to all the authors and publishers who participated in this round of competition. We will soon be making a separate announcement launching next year’s competition, which will be open to submissions of Korean Studies books published in 2021 and 2022.