Recent Publications and Research Monographs


Recent Publications

The translator Brother Anthony has been compiling a number of lists of works in translation. Among these is a list of works published in English since 2012. It looks right up to date, even including a number of books forthcoming this year.

The list can be found here:

It’s interesting to note the large proportion of poetry in translation published since 2012, which considering the poetry of many of the names on the list is a great indicator that translators working from Korean to English laugh in the face of the idea of ‘impossibility’ when it comes to translating experimental works!

There is also another very useful list on Brother Anthony’s homepage of short stories contained in anthologies. Given the importance of the short story in the Korean literary world and the confusion caused by different romanizations of authors’ names, this list which includes the Korean for each author’s name is a helpful tool for tracking down the story/author you’re looking for.

The list is here:


Research Monographs

The following is an overview of recent research monographs focusing on Korean literature published in English in the last four years. It’s really exciting to see monographs coming out which examine the period following the end of colonialism and the works which do examine the colonial period have great depth and focus. Over the coming weeks we hope to offer more insight into each of these works, so if you haven’t got access to a copy but you need some convincing before you order one, stay tuned.

Youngju Ryu. Writers of the Winter Republic: Literature and Resistance in Park Chung Hee’s Korea. Univ of Hawaii Press. 2015. ISBN: 978-0824839871

Theodore Q. Hughes. Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom’s Frontier. Columbia University Press. 2012. ISBN: 978-0231157483

Sunyoung Park. The Proletarian Wave: Literature and Leftist Culture in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945. Harvard University Asian Center. 2015. ISBN: 978-0674417175

Janet Poole. When the Future Disappears: The Modernist Imagination in Late Colonial Korea. (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University). New York: Columbia University Press. 2014. ISBN: 978-0231165181

Christopher P. Hanscom. The Real Modern: Literary Modernism and the Crisis of Representation in Colonial Korea (Harvard East Asian Monographs). Harvard University Asia Center. 2013. ISBN: 978-0674073265.