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Young-ok An

Associate Professor, English and 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 / OEC 103
(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.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
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GENG 698 - 02 Independent Reading - - - - - - - -
CRN: 41787 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Young-ok An

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GENG 699 - 03 Master's Essay - - - - - - - -
CRN: 42301 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Young-ok An

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
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GENG 629 - 01 Transnational Lit by Women - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 OEC 212
CRN: 21712 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Young-ok An Travel, journey, voyage, sojourn, especially into a foreign land—the words are magic, and they evoke in us an opportunity for self-discovery and discovery of the new world. What about women’s travels or female travels imagined by women writers? Do these add additional “baggage”? Inspired by the burgeoning “literary mobility studies”—which include studies of travel writing, narratives of migration and the impact of wars and power hierarchies—this course examines a fantastic array of women’s writing, focusing on the late eighteenth century through the mid-nineteenth century, when international traveling spread and became firmly established in cultural and literary discourse. The era’s important scientific and territorial “discoveries”—including Captain James Cook’s journeys to the Antipodes and to Hawaii and Mungo Park’s excursions to Africa—fed the reading public’s rising interests in the “outside” world, and literary writers met them with stories of the faraway lands. Women writers increasingly participated in this repertoire, exploring the theme of journeys into foreign lands. Spanning various genres (including poetry, novels, plays, epistolary forms, literary annuals, etc.), these women writers experimented with various literary trajectories usually assumed to be the prerogatives of male writers (Byron being the most celebrated case). Residing in distant times or traversing different geographical areas, their memorable characters seem to work as their avatars; and the “exotic” female characters reflect their own aspirations and anxieties. Thus these women writers challenged the cult of domesticity inculcated in women of the time on the one hand (by becoming authors and by shaping the general public’s imagination about women’s mobility), and commented on the prevailing ideologies of British nationalism and imperialism on the other. They revealed that individual and national identities were often socially constructed, and along gendered lines. These issues concerning mobility, emigration, science, nature, imperialism, cosmopolitanism, and transnational crossings resonate in our time as much as theirs. Course readings may include authors such as Madame de Graffigny (Letters from A Peruvian Woman, translated from French), Flora Tristan (Peregrinations of a Pariah), Mary Wollstonecraft (Letters from Scandinavia), Mary Shelley (Collected Tales and Stories; Lodore), Felicia Hemans (The Forest Sanctuary and other poems), Letitia Landon (Romance and Reality and poems), and Jemima Layton (Spanish Tales), along with secondary sources. This course satisfies the pre-1830 British literature requirement. Prerequisite: GENG 513 or permission of the instructor.

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