September 9, 1949|
Jeonju, Republic of Korea (South Korea)
|Education||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Alma mater||SUNY/Buffalo, Columbia University|
|Subjects||Postmodernism, Postcolonialism, Cultural Studies|
|Notable work(s)||Cultural Studies and the Future of the Humanities, Literature in the Age of New Media, Literature in the Globalizing World, Literature in the Age of Hybrid Cultures|
Currently, Seong-Kon Kim (김성곤) is President of the LTI Korea (Literature Translation Institute of Korea) in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea. Kim is also Professor of English at Seoul National University where he was selected for the Distinguished Research Award for 7 times. A renowned literary critic, Kim is a co-editor of 21st Century Literature (since 1998) and a regularly featured columnist for the Korea Herald (since 2002). He is also a Research Member of the South Korea’s Presidential Committee on National Cohesion, and Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Korean Culture Overseas Promotion in the Ministry of Culture. Actively engaged in promoting Korean literature overseas, Kim is a member of the Advisory Committee on Korean literature of White Pine Press in New York, and Vice President of the Seoul Literary Society which consists of foreign ambassadors and high-ranking diplomats stationed in Seoul.
Seong-Kon Kim received his Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo, under the direction of the late Leslie A. Fielder. Then he went to Columbia University to study comparative literature under the late Edward W. Said. Upon completion of the Ph.D. coursework at Columbia, he joined the faculty of Seoul National University in 1984.
Seong-Kon Kim was Dean of the Language School (2001-2005), Director of the Language Research Institute (2001), Director of the American Studies Institute (1999-2001), and Director of the SNU Residence Hall (1987-1989) of Seoul National University. He was also Director of the Seoul National University Press (2009-2011) and President of the Association of Korean University Presses (2010-2011). Currently, Kim is Dean of the LTI Korea Translation Academy which offers various courses on translation studies for foreign and domestic students.
Formerly the founding President of the Association of Literature and Film (1998-2001), Kim was also President of the International Association of Comparative Korean Studies (2001-2003), President of the Association of Modern Fiction in English (2004-2006), and President of the American Studies Association of Korea (2007-2008). Kim was also Chairman of the Development and Promotion Committee of the English Language and Literature Association of Korea (2004-2005).
Kim has taught at SUNY/Buffalo, Columbia, Pennsylvania State University, Brigham Young University, and the University of California, Berkeley, and has conducted research at Harvard, Oxford and Toronto as a Visiting Scholar.
Formerly Editor of the prestigious literary quarterly, Contemporary World Literature, and Editor-in-Chief of the celebrated monthly literary magazine, Literature and Thought, Kim is presently co-editor of 21st Century Literature together with Yi Chongjun (passed away), Kim Yun-shik, Yoon Hu-myong and Kim Jong-hoe. .
As Vice Chair of the Seoul International Forum for Literature sponsored by the Daesan Foundation in 2000, 2005, and 2011, Kim worked with the eminent scholar and literary critic Kim Uchang and together brought a host of celebrated international writers to Seoul, including Pierre Bourdieu, Jean Baudrillard, Le Clezio, Orhan Mapuk, Oe Kenzaburo, Gary Snyder, Robert Coover, Robert Hass, Margaret Drabble, Gao Xingjian, Bei Dao and others.
A self-appointed cultural diplomat, Kim taught Korean diplomats at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (1988-1994), and gave lectures extensively on Korean culture and society for foreign diplomats at the Korea International Cooperation Agency in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (1997–present).
◌ SNU Distinguished Research Award, (6 times), 1998, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
◌ Fulbright Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2010
◌ SUNY International Distinguished Alumni Award, 2012.
◌ CU Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2009
◌ SNU Best Institute Director Award, 2003, 2004
◌ Kim Hwante Literary Award for Criticism, 2008
◌ Today’s Book Award, for Interviews with American Writers, 1985
◌ Books of the Year, awarded by the Ministry of Culture (3 times)
◌ Best Book of 2010 awarded by the National Academy of Sciences (Literature in the Age of Hybrid Cultures)
◌ Representative Translator of Korea, selected, Journal of Publications, 1990
◌ Selected “24 Best Books on Foreign Literature since the Liberation” Words in the Labyrinth: Interviews with American Writers, 1989
◌ Selected “Representative Books of the 1980’s” American Literature in the Postmodern Age, 1989
◌ Selected “Best Book on Literature and Film” Essays on Film
◌ Selected “Representative Translators of Korea,” 1992
◌ Selected “2012 Best Literary Criticism” (“Literature and Game”)
◌ Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Grant, 1990-1991
◌ Fulbright Senior Research Grant, 1990-1991
◌ Fulbright Scholarship, 1978-1984
◌ Korea Research Foundation Overseas Teaching Grant, 1996-1997
◌ British Council Grant, 1991 (Oxford University)
◌ Canadian Faculty Enrichment Grant, 1991 (University of Toronto)
◌ SNU Overseas Research Grant (UC Berkeley/ Harvard)
◌ Minster of Education Award, 1966
◌ Superintendent Award for the Valedictorian, 1967
◌ SNU Outstanding Service Award, 2004
◌ SNU President’s Outstanding Service Plaque, 2001, 2011
◌ Cornell University, 1990 (USA)
◌ Stanford University, 1991 (USA)
◌ Pennsylvania State University, 1990, 1991 (USA)
◌ State University of New York at Buffalo, 1992 (USA)
◌ University of Tokyo, 1999, 2002 (Japan)
◌ Peking University, 2003, 2010 (China)
◌ University of Paris XIII, 2004 (France)
◌ University of Saarbrucken, 2010 (Germany)
◌ State University of New York at Buffalo, 2011-2012 (USA)
◌ Simple Etiquette in Korea. Kent, UK: Paul Nobury (Curzon Press), 1988. Co-authored with O Young Lee (former Minister of Culture)
◌ Korea Briefing. Boulder: Associated University Press, 1991. (author of one chapter)
◌ Crosscurrents in the Literatures of Asia and the West. Newark: Associated UP, 1997. (chapter author)
◌ Simple Etiquette in Korea. Kent, UK: Paul Norbury (Curzon Press), 1988. co-authored with O Young Lee, Former Minister of Culture.
◌ Journey into the Past. Seoul: SNU Press, 1985. (in English)
◌ Conversations with American Writers. Seoul: Minumsa, 1986.
◌ American Literature in the Postmodern Age. Seoul: SNU Press, 1989.
◌ Portrait of American Literature and Its Writers. Seoul: SNU Press, 1993. (Selected “Best Books of the Year”, Ministry of Culture)
◌ Essays on Film. Seoul: Yoleumsa, 1994. (Used as a textbook at the University of Washington, 2011)
◌ Literature in the Age of New Media. Seoul: Minumsa, 1995.
◌ Literature and Film. Seoul: Minumsa, 1996.
◌ Contemporary American Literature. Seoul: Minumsa, 1996.
◌ Hollywood: A Mirror of 20th Century Culture. Seoul: Woongjin, 1996.
◌ Odyssey in Film. Seoul: Hyohyung, 2001.
◌ Korea in the Age of Multiculturalism. Seoul: Yoleumsa, 2002.
◌ Reading Culture in the Age of Fusion Culture. Seoul: L&T, 2003.
◌ Cultural Studies and the Future of the Humanities. Seoul: SNU Press, 2003. Selected “Best Books of the Year,” Ministry of Culture
◌ Reading Culture in Film. Seoul: SNU Press, 2003.
◌ Reading America in Hollywood Film. Seoul: Sallim, 2005.
◌ Edgar Allan Poe. Seoul: Sallim, 2005
◌ J. D. Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye. Seoul: Sallim, 2005.
◌ The Key to Thought: Literature. Seoul: Mountain Press, 2006.
◌ Literature in the Globalizing Word. Seoul: Minumsa, 2006 Best Books of the Year by the Ministry of Culture
◌ Literature in the Age of Hybrid Cultures. Seoul: SNU Press, 2009. Selected as the Best Books of 2010 Award by the National Academy of Sciences
The Death of the Novel and Postmodernism. ed. Seong-Kon Kim. Attic.
100 Cultural Keywords in the 21st Century. Ed. Seong-Kon Kim. Research Institute of Korean Publications Marketing
Korean Poetry. Co-edited with Yong-jik Kim. KCAF
Journey to Mujin: Collection of Modern Korean Fiction. Co-edited with Yongjik Kim. KCAF
21st Century Literary Movements. Ed. Seong-Kon Kim. Literature & Thought
From Korean into English
◌ Strong Winds at Mishi Pass. New York: White Pine Press, 2003. Poems of Hwang Tong-kyu, Co-trans. Dennis Maloney
◌ Woman on the Terrace. New York: White Pine Press, 2007.
Poems of Moon Chung-hee. Co-trans. Alec Gordon
With this book, Poetess Moon was awarded the Cicada Award in Sweden.
From English into Korean
◌ The Crying of Lot 49. Thomas Pynchon. Seoul: Minumsa.
◌ The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Edgar Allan Poe. Golden Bough. .
◌ Trout Fishing in America. Richard Brautig. Vichae.
◌ A Farewell to Arms. Ernest Hemingway. Sigongsa.
◌ In Our Time. Ernest Hemingway. Sigongsa
◌ Waiting for the End. Leslie A. Fiedler. Samsung.
◌ Primitivism. Michael Bell. SNU Press
◌ Love is a Fallacy: Collections of Postmodern Fiction. Borges et al. Woongjin.
◌ Selected Poems of Seamus Heaney. Seamus Heaney. Yeolumsa
◌ Culture and Imperialism. Edward W. Said. co-trans. Hanshin
◌ Postmodern Culture. Steven Corner. co-trans. Hanshin
◌ American Literary Criticism. Vincent Leitch. Co-trans. Hanshin.
◌ Mukarovsky’s Poetics. Mukarovsky. Co-trans. Modern Literature Co.
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- "Extended Interview with Kim Seong-kon, CEO of LTI Korea". ktlit.com. 2012-05-28.
- "Department of English Language and Literature Seoul National University".
- "Seong-Kon Kim, PhD '84 & MA '81". buffalo.edu. 2012-03-20.
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