Steven Chung

Associate Professor of East Asian Studies. Chair, Committee for Film Studies.
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205 Jones Hall
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Wednesday: 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
  • Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of California, Irvine
  • M.A. in English Literature, University of British Columbia
  • B.A. in English Literature. University of Toronto

My core research interest is modern Korean culture, which I arrived at through eclectic training in literary, ethnic, film and regional studies. For the past several years I have been busy trying to understand postwar film cultures in Korea through the prolific and wildly itinerant career of Sin Sang-ok. The seed for this project was my PhD dissertation and the final form it will take will be in a book entitled The Split Screen. My writing is influenced by close attention to modern and contemporary Korean literature as well as to East Asian cinemas of a variety of periods. My approach to all of these texts and events is informed by a long commitment to critical theory. I am currently laying the groundwork for another research venture, through which I would like to reconsider the global “cold war” through the archives of Korean mass cultures of the 1940s and 1950s.

Since arriving at Princeton in 2007 I have taught undergraduate courses in Korean and East Asian cinemas and modern Korean fiction. I have also co-taught a class on contemporary East Asia and seminars on urban cultures in Korea and gender in contemporary Korea. My first graduate seminar, Critical Trespasses, was an attempt to link theory and East Asia together.

Publications List: 
  • “Split Screen Korea Revisited, or, the Location of Korean Cinema Studies” (“Punhwal toen sŭkŭrin han’guk hogŭn han’guk yŏnghwa yŏn’gu ŭi wich’i rŭl saenggak hamyŏ”). In Sanghur Hakbo: The Journal of Modern Korean Literature (Sanghŏ Hakbo), (Peerreviewed Korean journal) 46. (February 2016), 559-574.

  • “Guest Editors’ Introduction: New Cartographies and Archaeologies of Korean Cinema” with Moonim Baek. In Review of Korean Studies. 18.1 (June 2015), 7-11.

  • “Regimes Within Regimes: Film and Fashion Cultures in the Korean 1950s". In Youngmin Choe and Kyung Hyun Kim eds. Korean Popular Culture Reader. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014, 103-125.

  • Split Screen Korea: Shin Sang-ok and Postwar Cinema. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014.