Jooyeon Rhee

Faculty Fall 2023: Jooyeon Rhee

Deviant Modernity: Transnational Imagination of Crime in Korean Detective Fiction

Dorothy W. Gilpatrick University Endowed Fellow in the Humanities and Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature

My current book-length project investigates crime fiction from colonial Korea (1910-1945). Through an analysis of deviance – or fictional renderings of the danger and absurdity of social behaviors and cultural imaginations – I reveal intricacies associated with the cultural politics of the colony. At the Humanities Institute, I will focus on the detective fiction genre by examining works penned by Kim Naesŏng, one of the most important modern popular fiction writers of the time, by engaging closely with the transnational literary practice and gendered imagination of modernity.