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Hyuk-chan Kwon, PhD

Assistant Professor


East Asian Studies

About Me

Hyuk-chan Kwon is primarily interested in reading all kinds of fun stories for sheer pleasure, without regard to moral values, didacticism, or learning. For him, page-turners that can be read overnight are ideally suited to this interest. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta and previously held appointments at City University of Hong Kong, Academy of Korean Studies, and Korea University. He has been published, in various languages, in Acta Koreana, Rivista Italiana di Geopolitica, Playing with the Past: Digital Games and the Simulation of History, Journal of Chinese Language and Literature (Seoul), Wiley Blackwell Companion to World Literature (forthcoming), Self, Identity, and Emotions in Traditional China (forthcoming) among others. He is revising his dissertation, “From Sanguo yanyi to Samgukchi: Appropriation and Domestication of Three Kingdoms in Korea” for publication. He has taught courses in multiple languages on the literatures and cultures of China, Korea, Japan, and East Asia, as well as courses on translation, popular culture, and cultural heritage management. One of his research interests is to contribute original research, in an East Asian context, that illuminates the ever-increasing interplay between traditional and modern literary cultures inspired by Chinese literary masterpieces.


Premodern Korean literature, especially sexuality and conflicts of identities in p’ansori narratives

Literary translation between Korean, Chinese, and English

Comparative research of Korean and Chinese literature

Premodern Chinese narratives, especially sexuality in the novels of late imperial China

Women’s authorship and readership of traditional Chinese narratives in Korea

Transformation of traditional East Asian narratives in contemporary interactive media

Analysis of Three Kingdoms- related cultural products and their dissemination in East Asia