Yoon Jeong Oh is Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies. She holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Korean Literature from Ewha Womans University, an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Yonsei University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University.
Her research focuses on translingual relations, postcolonial diasporas, translation studies, and psychoanalysis with a special interest in interlingual/intermedial/intercultural relations in East Asia and comparative studies of Asian and Asian immigrant literatures. Her current book manuscript, Relating Languages, Translating Melancholia, examines the logic of translation and linguistic melancholia in Korean diasporic and postcolonial literatures. It investigates the loss in translation and explores the ungrieved heterogeneity of language that manifests itself as repetition in Korean poet Yi Sang’s bilingual writing in Korean and Japanese during the colonial era; in Korean-American writer Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s broken English and French in DICTEE, which relates transmedial histoires of postcolonial Korea during the Cold War; and in Zainich-Quebecois writer Ook Chung’s obsessive return in his linguo-spatio-temporal labyrinth in Kimchi. She is also working on a second project that focuses on the urban aesthetics of Seoul as a heterolingual space in comparison with other cosmopolis, including Tokyo, New York, and Paris. Her article on Yi Sang’s visual poetry is forthcoming in PAJLS (Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies).
She has taught comparative literature and Korean language at Cornell and has received a Robert J. Smith Fellowship from Cornell East Asia Program.