Ellie Choi

Visiting Assistant Professor of Korean Studies

Contact & Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday, noon-1 p.m.
And by appointment after 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

Seelye Hall 413

413-585-3409

Education

Ph.D., Harvard University

M.A., University of California at Los Angeles

B.A., Northwestern University

Biography

Ellie Choi is a literary and intellectual historian of modern Korea. Her book project, Space and National Identity: Yi Kwangsu's Vision of Korea during the Japanese Empire, explores the relationships among space, cultural nationalism and historical identity. She is also working on a second book, Interwar Reconstruction Movements and Yi Kwangsu’s ‘Minjok kaejoron’ (1922): An Introduction and Translation, on post-1919 illiberal modernisms in a comparative global context. Choi's current research interests include city of Seoul, the Diamond Mountains, visual culture, colonial tourism and collaboration. She teaches classes on invented traditions of modern Korea, the Seoul city, and discovery of food and identity in contemporary Korean media. Before visiting at Smith, Choi was assistant professor of Korean Studies at Cornell University, and she has also taught at Dartmouth, Yale, Harvard, Yonsei and Ewha colleges.  


 Publications

Yi Kwangsu and the Post-World War I Reconstruction Debate in Korea.” The Journal of Korean Studies. Seattle: University of Washington Press (2015).

“Forgotten northerly memories: Yi Kwangsu and his alterities in The Heartless.The Journal of Asian Studies. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming). 

“The Cultural Landscape of Colonial Korea's First Modern ‘Novel,’ Yi Kwangsu's The Heartless.” Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature. Oxford, UK; Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers (under contract).

“Colonial Space through Yi Kwangsu: Negotiating Practices, Claims and the Authentic in the Diamond Mountains.” (Under second review) Positions: east asia critique. Durham: Duke University Press.

“Minjok kaejoron” (On National Reconstruction, 1922), in Imperatives of Culture: Selected Essays on Korean History, Literature, and Society from the Japanese Colonial Era, Chris Hanscom, Walter Lew and Youngju Ryu, eds. Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press, 2013.

“Another Perspective on Yi Kwang-su: Selections from Yi Kwangsu’s Early Writings, 1909-1922.” In Azalea, vol. 4. David R. McCann and Youngjun Lee, eds. Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press, 2010.


Translations

Yi, Kwangsu, “Minjok kaejoron” (On National Reconstruction, 1922), in Imperatives of Culture: Selected Essays on Korean History, Literature, and Society from the Japanese Colonial Era, Chris Hanscom, Walter Lew and Youngju Ryu, eds. Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press, 2013.

Yi Kwangsu, “Tonggyŏng esŏ Kyŏngsŏng kkaji” (“From Tokyo to Seoul,” 1917). Translation, in Azalea, vol. 4. David R. McCann and Youngjun Lee, eds. Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press, 2010. 

Sŏng, Sŏkche, “First Love.” Translation, in Azalea, vol. 1. David R. McCann and Youngjun Lee, eds. Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press, 2007.

Kim Suyŏng, “Ǒnŭnal Kogung ŭl naomyŏnsŏ (On exiting the imperial palace one day),” translation. The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Literature, David McCann, editor. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.