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Dr. Kyounghye Kwon

Title: Associate Professor, English
Phone: 706-867-2964

Office: Dunlap Hall 202A, Dahlonega
Areas of Expertise: World Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Asian/Asian American Studies, Gender Studies, Performance Studies


Kyounghye Kwon is an Associate Professor of World and Comparative Literature at the University of North Georgia. She received her masters and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University, with her dissertation on postcolonial and Indigenous drama and performance. From the same university, she also received her certificate in Theatre and Performance Studies. Her teaching and research areas include world literature and film, Asian/Asian American studies, performance studies, postcolonial studies, and gender studies. Her current research focuses on how Korean traditional puppet plays, performance repertoires, and museum displays preserve, alter, and adapt Korea's precolonial/indigenous memory for contemporary audiences, with particular attention to gender, class, and the changing nature of the audience in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

She is co-editor of Compact Anthology of World Literature, Parts 1, 2, 3 (an open access textbook funded by the University System of Georgia) and World Literature I: Beginnings to 1650, and editor of Compact Anthology of World Literature, Parts 4, 5, 6. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Asian Theatre Journal, Journal of Dramatic Theory and CriticismTheatre Survey, Theatre Journal, Pinter Et Cetera, and Text & Presentation. She is a recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award at UNG.

Courses Taught

ENGL 3340/ENGL 6340 (Women Writers in World Literature)
ENGL 3350/ENGL 6350 (Postcolonial World Lit)
ENGL 3310/ENGL 6310 (Immigrant Literature)
English 2150 (Literature and Film): “East Asian Cinema and Literature”
ENGL 2140 (Gender and Literature)/GNST 2140 (Intro to Gender Studies), a core course for the Gender Studies Minor
ENGL 2132 (American Literature II)
ENGL 2112 (World Literature II)
ENGL 2111 (World Literature I)
ENGL 1102 (Composition II)
ENGL 1101 (Composition I)


  • Ph.D., English (with a Certificate in Theatre & Performance), The Ohio State University



Editor (with Anita Turlington [Editor-in-Chief], Karen Dodson, Laura Getty, Laura Ng, and Matthew Horton), Compact Anthology of World Literature (Parts 4, 5, 6). University of North Georgia, University System of Georgia, 2018. Peer Reviewed.

Co-editor (with Laura Getty [Editor-in-Chief], Rhonda Kelley, and Douglass Thomson), World Literature I: Beginnings to 1650 (Parts I, II, III). University of North Georgia Press, University System of Georgia, 2016. Peer Reviewed.

Co-editor (with Editor-in-Chief Laura Getty), Compact Anthology of World Literature (Parts 1, 2, 3). University of North Georgia Press, University System of Georgia, 2015. Peer Reviewed.


“Women, Marriage, Femininities: Kkokdu Gaksi Geori (or the “Love Triangle” scene) in the Korean Traditional Puppet Play.” Women and Puppetry: Critical and Historical Investigations, edited by Claudia Orenstein, Alissa Mello, and Cariad Astles. Routledge. Peer Reviewed. (Forthcoming.)

“The Hilarity of Unhappiness in Oh Tae-suk’s Tempest: Cross-Cultural Access and Precolonial/Indigenous Aesthetics.” Asian Theatre Journal. 34.1 (Spring 2017): 75-96. Peer Reviewed.

“Shifting South Korean Theatre: Jo-Yeol Park’s A Dialogue Between Two Long-necked People and Taesuk Oh’s Chunpung’s Wife.” The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. XXIII.2 (Spring 2009): 47-65. Peer Reviewed.

“Absurd Jokers: Edward Albee, Harold Pinter, and Samuel Beckett.” Pinter Et Cetera. Ed. Craig N. Owens. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 43-63. Editor Reviewed.

“Kimchi and Corn: Asian American Liminality in Sung Rno’s Cleveland Raining.” Text & Presentation, 2005, edited by Stratos E. Constantinidis. McFarland, 2006. 132-144. Peer Reviewed.


Review of DMZ Crossing: Performing Emotional Citizenship Along the Korean Border by Suk-Young Kim. Theatre Survey. (January 2016): 158-160.

Review of The Poetics of Difference and Displacement: Twentieth-Century Chinese-Western Intercultural Theatre by Min Tian. Theatre Journal. (December 2011): 663-664.

Work Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, Film, and Television, UCLA, Spring 2011.

Lecturer, Department of English, The Ohio State University, 2010-2011.

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