Kang Woo-Sung사진
Kang Woo-Sung
American literature, critical theories
  • Name Kang Woo-Sung
  • Position Professor
  • Dept. English Language and Literature
  • Major American literature, critical theories
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American literature, critical theories


  • Ph.D., English Language and Literature, State University of New York, Buffalo, 2002.
  • Ph.D. course completed, English Language and Literature, Seoul National University, 1995.
  • M.A., English Language and Literature, Seoul National University, 1993.
  • B.A., English Language and Literature, Seoul National University, 1990.

Professional Experience

  • Appointed at Seoul National University, 2008.
  • Executive Editor,『안과밖』, 2008-2009.
  • Professor, Hansung University, 2003-2008.


Selected Publications in Korean (with titles in English Translation)

  • "In Search of a Path of the Literary in the Woods of Theories," In/Out: English Studies in Korea 28 (Spring, 2010)
  • "American Exceptionalism as Fantasy: Beyond the Belief in 'Essential Goodness,'" American Studies 32 (Winter, 2009)
  • "Dream of a Failed Immigrant: Hector St. John de Crevecouer's Letters from an American Farmer," Journal of English Studies 16 (Summer, 2009)
  • "A Thought on Theoreticality of the Theory," Kritika 3 (July, 2009)
  • Literary History of American Literature, KNOU Press, 2008.
  • "The Logic of Parergon: Derrida and Painting," Journal of English Studies in Korea 14 (Spring, 2008)
  • "Bildungsroman without Bildung : Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography and the Origin of the Puritan Individual" British and American Fiction 15 (Spring, 2008)
  • "Repressed Racial Fear: American Culture and the Ideologization of Korean War," American Studies 30 (Winter, 2007)
  • "Ideologies of American Universalism: A Theoretical Examination," The Journal of American Studies 39 (Spring, 2007)
  • "Catching Reality in Its Tissue: Henry James and the Lesson of Hawthorne," Studies in Modern Fiction 14 (Spring, 2007)
  • "After Literature: Derridean Deconstruction and the Literary Theories of America," The Journal of Criticism and Theory 11 (Spring, 2006)
  • "The Alliance of Differance and the Fate of Deconstruction: Re-reading Derrida’s Specters of Marx," In/Out: English Studies in Korea 18 (Spring, 2005)
  • "American Newness as a Work of Renewal: Emerson’s Philosophy of Literature," American Studies in Korea 37 (Summer, 2005)
  • "The Metaphysics of Paralogy: Lyotard’s Postmodern Sublime," Criticism and Theory 8 (Winter, 2004)
  • The Birth of a Style: Emerson and the Writing of the Moment in the American Renaissance, SNU Press, 2003.
  • "Literature, Post-textually Speaking: Aesthetic Repression of the Literary in American Pragmatism," Journal of English Studies in Korea 5 (Fall, 2003)
  • "Deconstruction and the Question of Literature," Literary Community 34 (Fall, 2003)
  • "The Question of Fictionality: Emerson’s Elective Affinity with American Pragmatism," Journal of English Studies in Korea 3 (Fall, 2002)
  • "'American Renaissance' and the Americanness of American Literature," In/Out: English Studies in Korea 14 (Spring, 2003)
  • "A Possibility of American Writing: Reading Emerson’s 'Experience'(1844)," In/Out: English Studies in Korea 13 (Fall, 2002)


  • Tom Engelhardt, Mission Unaccomplished: Tomdispatch Interviews with American Iconoclasts and Dissenters, Changbi Publishers, 2008.
  • Michael Payne and John Schad, ed. Life. After. Theory, Minumsa, 2007.


Undergraduate: General Education

  • Advanced English: English Prose (fall 2008, fall 2009)

Undergraduate: Major

  • 19th Century American Novel (spring 2009)
  • American Poetry (fall 2009)
  • Introduction to English Literature (fall 2007)


  • Literary Theory (spring 2009)
  • Dissertation Research (2008-2009)


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