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Young-ok An

Associate Professor of English / Director of the Luann Dummer Center for Women
Ph.D., University of Southern California
B.A. and M.A., Seoul National University, Korea
At St. Thomas since 1997
JRC 306
(651) 962-5621

Specialties / Interests

British Romanticism (esp. Blake, the Shelleys, Byron, Hemans, and Landon)
Women Writers of the Long 18th- and 19th- Centuries
Contemporary Theory (esp. Deleuze, Lacan, Foucault, Derrida, Benjamin, Jameson, and Zizek)
Feminist and Gender Theory (esp. Spivak, French Feminists, S. Felman, J. Butler, and E. Grosz)

Courses Taught

Undergraduate: British Romanticism; Romanticism Across Boundaries (British, American, and European); General Core Courses in Literature and Writing (Fiction and Non-Fiction; Poetry and Drama); British Literature Survey; Various Topics on Women’s Literature (Cross-listed Courses in English and Women’s Studies); Issues in English Studies; Senior Seminars in English and Women’s Studies.

Graduate: British Romanticism; Women Writers of the Long 19th-Century; Issues in Theory and Criticism; Psychoanalytic Theory; Feminist Theory.

Current Project

Prometheus Unmanned: Becoming Promethea

Selected Publications 

“The Historicity of Byron’s Promethean Agon,” Lord Byron and History. Eds. Maria  Schoina, Nic Panagopoulos, and M. B. Raizis. Collection of 35th International Byron Conference Papers, The Messolonghi Byron Society and International Byron Research Centre, Greece. (Forthcoming)
“The Historicity of Promethean Agon in Manfred.” Freedom and Violence in Byron. Eds. Matt Green and Piya Lapinski (Palgrave, 2011). 102-117.    

“‘Read Your Fall’: the Signs of Plague in Mary Shelley’s The Last Man.” Studies in Romanticism 44.4 (Winter 2005): 581-604.

“The Specter’s Haunting: Fantastic Crossings in Frankenstein.” The Journal of Humanities 51 (June 2004) [Seoul National University, Korea]: 159-207.

"The Double Formations of the Colonial Masculine Subjectivity.” Studies of English Languages and Cultures 5 (1997), 139-164.

"Beatrice's Gaze Revisited: Anatomizing The Cenci." Criticism (Winter 1996): 27-68.

Selected Presentations

"Spanish Minervans in Byron and Hemans," International Byron Conference, University of Valladroid, Spain. July, 2011.

"'All [Her] Melancholic Sounds': the Poetics of Felicia Hemans," Poetry and Melancholia Conference, University of Stirling, Scotland. June, 2011.

"Curiosity Beyond Morbidity: Hemans and Landon Raising the Dead," Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. March, 2011.

"Creating Distances: Felicia Hemans's Flight into the Foreign" "Romanticism and the Tyranny of Distance," Romantic Studies Associations of Australia, University of Sydney, Australia. February, 2011.

“The Female Body and the Drinking Cup.” International Conference in “Blake, Gender and Sexuality in the 21st Century,” Oxford, England. July 2010.

“The Historicity of Byron’s Promethean Agon,” International Byron Society. Athens and Missonlonghi, Greece. September 2009.

“Rethinking The Post-modern Prince through Reading Mary Shelley’s Critique of The Prince in Valperga.” Confele 2009: “Education, Labor, and Emancipation.” Bahia, Brazil. June 2009.

“Byron Unmanned,” University of Minnesota 19th-Century Subfield Group, Minneapolis. March 2009.   “The Charmed Cup of Fame: Letitia Elizabeth Landon and Felicia Hemans,” M/MLA. Minneapolis. November 2008.

“Transnational, Trans-historical Imagination in Mary Shelley’s Valperga: Question of Language of Romance within History,” North American Society in Studies in Romanticism, University of Bologna, Italy. March 2008.    “The Female Body and the Wine Cup in William Blake.” Feminist Research Presentation UST. February 2007.   “Crossing Boundaries, Annihilating Identities: Thinking Post-Identity.” M/MLA. Minneapolis. November 2002.

“Fame as Guilty Pleasure in Women’s Writing.” American Conference in Romanticism. Indiana University. November 1999.

“Rape, Patricide and Execution: A Play on Violence.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. Duke University, Durham, NC. November 1994.

 “Blake and the Negative Dialectics of Enlightenment.” M/MLA. Western Illinois University. October 1990.      “History, Textuality, and Blake: A Feminist Critique.” International  Historicizing Blake Conference. St. Mary’s College, England. September 1990.

"Construction of Femininity: A Political Reading of Psychoanalytic Feminism." International Lacan Society on "Lacan, Culture, and Sexual Identity.” Kent State University. May 1990.

"Theorizing the Ends of Feminism and Politicizing Feminist Theories." The Ends of Theory International Conference. Wayne State University. March 1990.

"On Oroonoko's Ideological Formation: Reading Oroonoko from a Feminist, Third-worldist Perspective." Aphra Behn Society's Inaugural "Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Women's Voice" Conference. University of San Diego.  February 1990.
Respondent to Gayatri Spivak, "Critical Theory: Poststructuralism and Issues of Gender, Race and Class." Rhetoric, Linguistics and Literature Conference. USC. March 1988.

Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GENG 573 - 01 Frankenstein & Beyond: Shelley M - - R - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481
CRN: 30423 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Young-ok An Mary Shelley's novels include pioneering science fiction (FRANKENSTEIN, also known as the "last" gothic novel), historical novels (VALPERGA; PERKIN WARBEK), an apocalyptic novel (THE LAST MAN), and a psychological novella (MATHILDA). All these works also contain autobiographical facets and comments on her luminary contemporaries such as Percy Shelley, Byron, Godwin, Wollstonecraft, Rousseau, and Napoleon, to name a few. Considering the tremendous romance with FRANKENSTEIN in contemporary literature and culture (especially the implications of monstrosity, science and ethics, and constructions of the self), the goal of this course is to help students understand the various sub-genres of the novel through reading Shelley's six novels and the period by connecting her works with those by Godwin, Wollstonecraft, Walter Scott, and Jane Austen (the latter two being most famous as novelists of the period). In doing so, students will gain an understanding of how Shelley responded to the emergence of the genre in the 18th century and helped shape the future of the genre. This course satisfies the pre-1830 British Literature distribution requirement. Please note that this is a Summer Session II class that runs from July 13 through August 20, 2015.

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Fall 2015 Courses

Fall 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GENG 513 - 01 Issues in Criticism - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 OEC 212
CRN: 40150 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Young-ok An An introduction to the principal theoretical issues and questions in the discipline of literary studies. The course explores the major contemporary approaches to literary studies in the context of various traditions of literary theory and criticism. It encourages students to assess constructively some of the key controversies in contemporary critical theory and apply their learning to the interpretation of literary texts. This required course must be taken as one of the first three courses in the program.

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