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Jamie Jungmin Yoo is an assistant professor at the Institute of Humanities, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea. Formerly, she was a research fellow at the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing, China.

She completed her dissertation, “Materiality and Writing: Circulation of Texts, Reading and Reception, and Production of Literature in 18th-century Korea,” at Harvard University in 2014. It was acknowledged as the 2015 Specialist Publication Accolade in the Ph.D. Humanities by the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), based in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Her current book project, tentatively titled “NETWORKS OF DISQUIET: CENSORSHIP AND THE PRODUCTION OF LITERATURE IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY KOREA," examines the production of literature and censorship, focusing on the print and manuscript culture, reading and reception, and canon making practices. She uses methodologies from book history, reception studies and social network analysis to interpret literary texts as the material products of a culture and examine how material conditions, such as prints and manuscripts as well as distribution systems, interplayed with the practice of writing.

"Networks of Disquiet" examines how the physical aspect of the production of texts and transnational circulation of books interacted with the practice of writing and contributed to the meaning of texts. How did the flourishing of print culture and book markets in late Imperial China influence the textual dynamics in Korea? Did the government censorship successfully control the circulation of books? By analyzing various travelogues to Beijing (yŏnhaengnok) and notes on poetry (sihwa) early modern Korea, she examines how transcultural contacts across borders and changing textual environments influenced the literary trends and intellectual history of the day. By examining the authorities in late Chosŏn Korea and late Imperial China exerted over media, this study aims to discover how the state and policymakers tried to control the flow of unorthodox books and how writing and book production epitomized the cultural values.


  • Korean Literature, pre-modern
  • History of the Book
  • Digital Humanities
  • Media Studies
  • Comparative literature




“Poetry in Action: Networks of Literary Communication and Cultural Leverage in 18th Century Seoul,” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Oxford University Press (accepted, forthcoming).

“Hanja munhwagwŏn’gwa yangch’ŭng ŏnŏŭi munje 한자문화권과 양층 언어 (diglossia)의 문제 (Sinographic Sphere and the Issue of “Diglossia” in East Asia),” ŏmunyŏn’gu 어문연구, Vol 47, No 2 (2019)

“Social authorship and the production of texts in Late Chosŏn: an analytical bibliography” at East Asian Publishing and Society, Vol. 8, No. 1, Brill (2018)

“Wenxue Zhengdian de xingcheng yiji shuji mulu de wenti: 18 shiji yi yanxinglu wei zhongxin 文学 “正典”的形成以及书籍目录的问题:18世纪以燕行录为中心 (Making Book Catalogues and the Formation of Literary Canons: Eighteenth-century Travelogues to Beijing, Yanxinglu)” Xingsiang Shixue 形象史学,Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 中国社会科学院 (2018)

“Tijit’ŏl pangbŏmnon’gwa munhak yŏn’guŭi sinhyŏngsik chuŭi: munhak sirhŏmsirŭl chungsimŭro디지털 방법론과 문학연구의 신형식주의: 문학실험실을 중심으로 (Methods in Digital Humanities and the New Formalism: Experiments of the Stanford Literary Lab),” Hanmunhak Nonjip, Vol. 49 (2018)

“Networks of Disquiet: Censorship and the Production of Literature in Eighteenth-century,” Acta Koreana, Vol. 20, No. 1 (2017)

“Book of Ears, Eyes, Mouth and Heart,” English translation of literary criticism by Yi Tŏng-mu (1741-1793), annotated with a short critical introduction, in Premodern Korean Literary Prose: An Anthology, eds. Michael Pettid, Gregory Evon and Chan Park, Columbia University (2018)


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