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Dr. Mina 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


Dr. Mina Kyounghye Kwon is an associate professor of world and comparative literature at the University of North Georgia. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in English (and her certificate in theatre and performance) from the Ohio State University, specializing in postcolonial drama and comparative literature. Her teaching and research areas include world literature and film, Asian/Asian American studies, performance studies, translation studies, and gender studies. Her current scholarship focuses on the contemporary representations of Korean traditional puppet theatre and the English translation of Korean traditional puppet plays.

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. She is also editor of Compact Anthology of World Literature, Parts 4, 5, 6. Her articles and essays have appeared in Puppetry International, Women and Puppetry, Asian Theatre Journal, The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Pinter Et Cetera, and Text & Presentation. Her translation has appeared in Delos: A Journal of Translation and World Literature. She is a recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award at UNG.

Courses Taught

ENGL 4820/ENGL 6820 (Asian Drama and Performance)
ENGL 4810/ENGL 6810 (East Asian Film and Literature)
ENGL 4310 (Asian Literature in Translation)
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
  • M.A., English, The Ohio State University
  • B.A., English, Kangwon National University, South Korea



Kwon, Kyounghye. 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.

Kwon, Kyounghye. 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.

Kwon, Kyounghye. 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.


Kwon, Mina Kyounghye. “‘Bak Cheomji’s Sightseeing’ from Kkokdugaksi Noreum, a Korean Traditional Puppet Play.” Performance and Translation, special issue of Delos: A Journal of Translation and World Literature, Vol. 35, no. 1, Spring 2020, pp. 1-19. Translation & article. (The translation sample reading is available at

Kwon, Mina Kyounghye. “The Syncretic Spectrum between Tradition and Post-Tradition: Revitalising Traditional Korean Puppetry with Contemporary Satire.” Asian Puppet Theatres: Traditions, Transitions, Renditions, special issue of The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia (JOSA), Vol. 51 (2019), 2020, pp.103-128. Peer Reviewed.

Kwon, Kyounghye. “Korean Traditional Puppetry and Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).” Puppetry International, Spring/Summer Issue, no. 45, 2019, pp. 14-17. Peer Reviewed.

Kwon, Kyounghye. “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 Alissa Mello, Claudia Orenstein, and Cariad Astles, Routledge, 2019, pp. 50-65. Peer Reviewed.

Kwon, Kyounghye. “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.

Kwon, Kyounghye. “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.

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

Kwon, Kyounghye. “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.


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

Kwon, Kyounghye. 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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