Seo-Young Chu

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Associate Professor  
Klapper Hall, Room 642  


B.A. Yale, 1999
M.A. Stanford, 2001
Ph.D. Harvard, 2007


The 20th century, the 21st century, the 22nd century, aesthetics, Asian American studies, close reading, cultural theory, digital writing, gender, the gothic, the Koreas, lyric poetry, mental illness, modernism, multi-ethnic literatures of the United States, rhetoric, science fiction, theory, trauma, video games.

Selected Works

“Translator of Soliloquies: Fugues in the Key of Dissociation” (chapbook). Black Warrior Review 46.2, Spring 2020.

“Emoji Poetics.” ASAP/Journal, Volume 4, Number 2, May 2019, pp. 290-292 (Article). Published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

“Are Postmodernism and #MeToo Incompatible?” The Chronicle Review, Chronicle of Higher Education. Jun 14, 2019.

Free Indirect Suicide: An Unfinished Fugue in H Minor.” The Rumpus. March 26th, 2019.

“Dream of the Ambassador, 12/21/2016,” “The Lyric We,” “Two Koreas, in the Key of Emily Dickinson” (poems). Newtown Literary, Issue 14, Spring/Summer 2019. Poems performed at the 9th Annual New York City Poetry Festival, July27th + 28th, 2019, Governors Island.

The DMZ Responds,” Telos Special Issue on Korea. Ed. Haerin Shin (2018): Fall, Print.

After ‘A Refuge for Jae-in Doe’: A Social Media ChronologyASAP Journal (2018): March 15.

A Refuge for Jae-in Doe: Fugues in the Key of English Major,” Entropy (2017): Nov 3. This work has been selected by Entropy editors as the best essay published in 2017 and is also included in the Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018 (BANR). Ed. Sheila Heti, published by Houghton Mifflin, in conjunction with 825 National.

“Generation Hwabyung Telepathy” and “A Resume of Traumas,” published as part of a Testimonial Tapestry in Asian American Literary Review, Special Issue on Mental Health, 2017
“M’어머니” (Kartika Review, 2017)

“Generation Hwabyung Telepathy” and “A Résumé of Traumas (Asian American Literary Review, Special Issue on Mental Health, 2017)

I, Stereotype: Detained in the Uncanny Valley” (Techno-Orientalism: Imagining Asia in Speculative Fiction, History, and Media, Rutgers University Press, 2015)

Welcome to The Vegas Pyongyang.” Science Fiction Studies. 39.3. Special issue focusing on globalization. Eds. David Higgins and Rob Latham (2012): 376-377. Print.

Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep? A Science-Fictional Theory of Representation (Harvard University Press, 2011)


Dystopian Surface, Utopian Dream: Wittman Ah Sing Foresees Postethnic Humanity.” A New Literary History of America. Eds. Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2009. 1020-1025. Print.

Science Fiction and Postmemory Han in Contemporary Korean American Literature.” MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States) 33.4 “Alien/Asian: Imagining the Racialized Future.” Ed. Stephen Hong Sohn (2008): 97-121. Print.

Dickinson and Mathematics.” The Emily Dickinson Journal 15.1 (2006): 35-55. Print.

Work in Progress

«Against Unification of the Koreas» (book manuscript under review)

«Deferring Suicide: A Life in Four Parts (IMF-American, Sex After Stanford, Chronic Flowers of Malady, The Cyborg in the Korean DMZ)»

Selected courses

English 243: Genre
English 379: The Korean DMZ and Its Others
English 170W: Introduction to Literary Study
English 399H: Honors Seminar on Aesthetics
English 391W: Science Fiction
English 636: History of Literary Criticism
English 255: Global Literatures in English
English 165H: Introduction to Poetry