Hyun Seon Park

Hyun Seon Park

Hyun Seon Park

Assistant Professor

Korean: Korean Cinema, Cold War Culture in Asia, Cine-feminism, Memory Studies, Affect Theory, Political Aesthetics

Hyun Seon Park is Assistant Professor at George Mason University, teaching and writing on Korean cinema and culture. She had served as a Visiting Professor at Korea University, a co-editor-in-chief of Culture/Science, a Guest Programmer at the Seoul International Women's Film Festival, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California's Korean Studies Institute and more. Park co-edited the special issue "Cold War in Korean Cinemas" in Journal of Korean Studies (2017). Park’s publication includes “Noir Spatiality in the Time of Violence: Allegorizing the 1960s Korean Film Noir,” “Volatile Biopolitics,” “The Cold War Mnemonics,” “The Sublime Objects of Affectivity.” She also guest-edited two special sections for Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema: “South Korean Cine-feminism on the Move” (2020) and “Cine-Gwangju: Envisioning the Gwangju Uprising in South Korean Film and Culture” (2022). 

Current Research

Park is working on a book manuscript, tentatively entitled Cold War Modernism: Affect, Gender, and Space in South Korean Cinema, which investigates the geopolitical aesthetics of modernism in juxtaposition with the Cold War culture. It calibrates various modernist impulses that negotiates with the Cold War hegemony in the Korean peninsula from the mid-20th century to the contemporary reconfiguration of Post-Cold War world. Focusing on critical issues such as the affective mode of war memories, the aesthetic engagement of authorship and genres, the corporeal allegories of gender and violence, the book aims to articulate how the cultural Cold War formulated the socio-political structure of affect, gender, and space in South Korea films. 

Selected Publications

Journal Article  

  •  “The Visual Chronopolitics of ‘Comfort Women’ Narrative Films in South Korea,” Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, Vol. 14, No. 2, Fall 2022.
  • “Cine-Gwangju: Postmemory of Democratic Movements in South Korean Films” (Guest Editor’s Introduction), Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 2022.
  • “South Korean Cine-feminism on the Move” (Guest Editor’s Introduction), Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, Vol. 12, No. 1, Fall 2020.
  • “The Sublime Objects of Affectivity: Shoes, Vampires, and Colors in Park Chan-wook’s Thirst,” Telos, Vol. 184. Fall 2018. 
  • “Cold War Mnemonics: History, Melancholy, and Landscape in South Korean Films of the 1960s” Journal of Korean Studies, Vol. 21 No. 2. Fall 2017.
  • “Volatile Biopolitics: Korean Cinema’s Bodily Encounter with the Cold War.” The Review of Korean Studies, Vol. 18-1. June 2015. 
  • “House-world in Women’ Films: House of Hummingbird and Moving On” (Jib-ui yeonghwadeul), Culture/Science (Munhwa/Gwahak), Vol. 106. Summer 2021.
  • “Across the Cinematic Origins of the Korean War: Envisioning the 1951 War Films such as This is Korea!, A Bouquet of Thirty Million People, and The Steel Helmet” (Hangugjeonjaeng-ui yeonghwa-jeog giwondeul), Sanghŏ hakbo, Vol 62, June 2021.
  • “The Cinematic Geography of the Cold War Utopian ‘Korea’: Focusing on the Humphrey Leynse Collection” (Naengjŏn yut’op’ia ‘han’guk’ŭi yŏngwajŏk chirihak), Korean Studies (Han’gukhak yŏngu), Vol. 47. 2017. 

Book Chapter 

  • “Colonial Modernism and Inverted Subjectivity: The Paradoxes of the Mirror in the Writings of Yi Sang” in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to World Literature vol. III edited by Christopher Lupke, New Jersey: Wiley Blackwell, 2020.
  • Road to Sampo (1975): South Korean Mobile Vulgus and Cinematic Affectivity on the Road,” in Rediscovering Korean Cinema vol. II, edited by Sangjoon Lee, Ann Arbor: Michigan University Press, 2020.
  • “Allegorizing Noir: Violence, Body, and Space in the Postwar Korean Film Noir” in East Asian Film Noir: Transnational Encounters and Intercultural Dialogue. ed. Chi-Yun Shin and Mark Gallagher. London: I.B. Tauris, 2015.

Expanded Publication List

Journal Article  

English

  • “The Visual Chronopolitics of ‘Comfort Women’ Narrative Films in South Korea,” Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, Vol. 14, No. 2, Fall 2022.
  • “Cine-Gwangju: Postmemory of Democratic Movements in South Korean Films” (Guest Editor’s Introduction), Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 2022.
  • “South Korean Cine-feminism on the Move” (Guest Editor’s Introduction), Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, Vol. 12, No. 1, Fall 2020.
  • “The Sublime Objects of Affectivity: Shoes, Vampires, and Colors in Park Chan-wook’s Thirst,” Telos, Vol. 184. Fall 2018. 
  • “Guest Editors’ Introduction” with Steven Chung. Co-editing the special issue of Cold War Korean Cinemas for Journal of Korean Studies, Vol. 21 No. 2. Fall 2017.
  • “Cold War Mnemonics: History, Melancholy, and Landscape in South Korean Films of the 1960s,” Journal of Korean Studies, Vol. 21 No. 2. Fall 2017.
  • “Volatile Biopolitics: Korean Cinema’s Bodily Encounter with the Cold War.” The Review of Korean Studies, Vol. 18-1. June 2015. 
  • “On the Other Side of the Mirror: Affect and Self-reflexivity in Modernist Texts in Korea.” Image and Film Studies (English-Korean Bilingual Journal), Vol. 19. 2011.

French

  • “Genre, espace et modernité das le cinéma des années 60” (Genre, Space, and Modernity in 1960s Films). CinémAction: Cinémas d’Asie Orientale (French Journal) No. 128. 2008.  

Korean

  • “House-world in Women’ Films: House of Hummingbird and Moving On” (Jib-ui yeonghwadeul), Culture/Science (Munhwa/Gwahak), Vol. 106. Summer 2021.
  • “Across the Cinematic Origins of the Korean War: Envisioning the 1951 War Films such as This is Korea!, A Bouquet of Thirty Million People, and The Steel Helmet” (Hangugjeonjaeng-ui yeonghwa-jeog giwondeul), Sanghŏ hakbo, Vol 62, June 2021.. 62, June 2021.
  • “Disaster, Archive, and Image: Cultural Production of Memories of Disaster” (Chaenan, ak'aibŭ, imijir chaenan kiŏgŭi munhwajŏng shilch'ŏn), The Journal of Korean Drama and Theater, June 2020. 
  • “Precarious Memory and Global Censorship Culture” (Wihŏmhan kiŏkkwa kŭllobŏl kŏmyŏl munhwa), SAI, May 2020.
  • “Cinematice Memory and Chronopolitics of the Japanese Military ‘Comfort Women’” (Ilbon'gun 'wianbuoŭi yŏnghwajŏng kiŏkkwa k'ŭronop'ollit'iksŭ), The Journal of Popular Narrative, March 2020.
  • “The Cinematic Geography of the Cold War Utopian ‘Korea’: Focusing on the Humphrey Leynse Collection” (Naengjŏn yut’op’ia ‘han’guk’ŭi yŏngwajŏk chirihak), Korean Studies (Han’gukhak yŏngu), Vol. 47. 2017.
  • “Mass Politics and Empty Myths of Conservative Taegukki Rally” (T’aegŭkkijiphoeŭi taejungsimniwa t’ŏng pin sinhwadŭl), Culture/Science (Munhwa/Gwahak), Vol. 91. 2017.
  • “Refugees and Korean Cinema: The Biopolitics of Representation versus the Ethics of De-territorialization” (Nanmin and hankuk yŏnghwa), Sanghŏ hakbo, Vol. 49, October 2016.
  • “The Return of a Cosmopolitan Subject: The Riddle of "Worldliness" in Ha Kil-jong's 1970s Film” (Kosmopolitan ch‘uche ŭi kwihwan: Ha Kil-jon’s 1970s yŏnghwa and segyeranŭ munje). The Journal of Korean Drama and Theater, Vol. 52. July 2016.
  • “Affect Theory and Its Aesthetic Project” (Chŏngdong iron ŭi ironjŏk kalrae wa mijŏk kihwoek), Culture/Science (Munhwa/Gwahak). Vol. 85. June 2016.
  • “Cold War Culture and Korean Studies: Undoing a Knot of Power, Modernity, and Knowledge Production” (Naengjŏn Munwha and Han’gukhak). SAI, Vol. 18. June 2015.  


Book Chapter 

English

  • “Colonial Modernism and Inverted Subjectivity: The Paradoxes of the Mirror in the Writings of Yi Sang” in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to World Literature vol. III edited by Christopher Lupke, New Jersey: Wiley Blackwell, 2020.
  • Road to Sampo (1975): South Korean Mobile Vulgus and Cinematic Affectivity on the Road,” in Rediscovering Korean Cinema vol. II, edited by Sangjoon Lee, Ann Arbor: Michigan University Press, 2020.
  • “Allegorizing Noir: Violence, Body, and Space in the Postwar Korean Film Noir” in East Asian Film Noir: Transnational Encounters and Intercultural Dialogue. ed. Chi-Yun Shin and Mark Gallagher. London: I.B. Tauris, 2015.
  • “Detouring Gender through Genres in Ida Lupino’s Never Fear and The Hitch-Hiker,” Ida Lupino: Noir Queen Crosses Taboos in Hollywood, ed. Hye-young Cho and Heesook Chae, Seoul: Dong Kwang Munhwasa, 2015.  

Book (Korean)

  • Kil  (La Strada). Seoul: Munhwa-gwahaksa, 2002.  (Novelization of Federico Fellini’s 1954 film La Strada)

 
Translation 

  • Film: Anarchist Imagination (Yŏnghwa, anak‘isŭt‘ŭ ŭi sangsangnyŏk). Seoul: Ewhu, 2007. (Korean Translation of Richard Porton’s book, Film and the Anarchist Imagination. New York: Verso, 1999)

Grants and Fellowships

 

  • Korea Research Foundation, Three-year group research project grant, 2018-2021
  • Yonsei University Future-leading Research Initiative’ Fellowship, 2015 & 2016 
  • Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies Grant, Short-term Research Travel Outside North America, Spring 2013
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Southern California, 2012 - 2013
  • Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, UC Irvine, 2012

Courses Taught

 

  • Korean Cinema in a Global Context
  • An Introduction to Making Videographic Essay
  • Film Feminism and the World
  • Women and the City
  • Geopolitics of Korean Pop Culture
  • 'Asia’ in Korean Cinema
  • A History of Cultural Emotions in Korea
  • Korean Film History

Education

Ph.D.     University of California at Irvine, 2012                             

  • Emphasis: East Asian Cultural Studies
  • Dissertation: Korean Modernism at the Margin: Visualizing Affect, Body, and Exteriority in Modern Literature and Film 

M.A.     Chung-Ang University, Seoul, 2000

  • Thesis: Reading Neorealism and Modern Cinema through Gilles Deleuze’s Cinematic Image Theory

Recent Presentations

Invited Talk 

  • "South Korean Cine-feminism" in Art-Talks, The 8th Korean Film Festival in Canada, "Narratives Beyond Borders: Women's Perspectives in the Korean Cinema (1959-2021, Series II), September 30 – October 30, 2021. 
  • "Cinematic Representations on the Korean War and Its Policies" in the Summer Special Lecture, "The Korean War 70 Years On: War as Everyday Life, Everyday Life as War," The Institute of Korean Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, August 18, 2020.
  • "The Cold War Intervention in Korea: War, Film, and Postmemory," EALL Talk Series, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, February 25, 2019.
  • "Cold War Culture and Memory," Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, November 21. 2018.

Presentations at International Conference

  • "Weaving "worlds" in a House: House of Hummingbird and Moving On, South Korean Women's Cinema Conference 2021, October 23-25, 2021.
  • "Envisioning Cold War Utopian 'Korea': Film Collections by Theodore Conant and by Humphrey Leynse" in the panel of Cinema, Democracy, and the Cultural Cold War in Korea, Association of Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE 2019), Rome, Friday, April 12, 2019.
  • "Mass Politics and Myth of National Flag Rally," Organizer, Chair, and Panelist in the "Movement, Community, and Political Affect" panel, The 12th Biennial Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Shanghai, August 2018.