Eun Kyung Min is an associate professor of English at Seoul National University. Her research interests include Enlightenment ethics and aesthetics, the history of literary canon formation, and early modern cultural history.
As a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Min will be working on a book project examining the formative cultural encounter with China that took place in early modern England. In readings of genres as diverse as heroic drama, anthologized collections of “antique” poetry, and the pseudo-letter novel, she will show how a complex cultural awareness of China shaped the development of a “national” literature in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England and how, construed both as fact and fiction, China enabled English literary production by pushing to new limits questions of comparative cultural value and identity.
Min received her doctoral degree in comparative literature from Princeton University in 1998. She has held research fellowships at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library of the University of California at Los Angeles and at the Lewis Walpole Library of Yale University. Her work has been supported by the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Korea Research Foundation.