Park, Sowon S

Assistant Professor


D.Phil (Oxford)

Dr. Sowon S Park specializes in British Modernism, Political Fiction, World Literature, and the relationship between Literature and other forms of knowledge, in particular Cognitive Neuroscience. Before coming to UCSB, she taught at Oxford University, where she was Lecturer and Tutor in English at Corpus Christi College. Her previous academic appointments were at Cambridge University and Ewha University, Seoul. She has also held visiting appointments at UCSD and ZFL, Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren, Berlin. She is currently co-Investigator of the AHRC funded “Prismatic Translation’ project (

And she recently published the  'World Literature' entry in Oxford Bibliographies (

Her latest publication are an edition of Poetics Today (July 2017), 'Situated Cognition and the Study of Culture' and Dear Leader! Big Brother! : On Transparency and Emotional Policing' in Mihailescu and Yokota-Murakami eds., Policing Literary Theory (Brill Jan 2018).

Her academic writing has appeared in The Review of English Studies, MLQ, ELT, European Review, Arcadia, The Journal of World Literature and Comparative Critical Studies.




South Hall 2719

Office Hours: 

Winter 18: Mon 11-12, Wed 11-12


(805) 893-4148


(805) 893-4622


Mailing Address: 

English Department, South Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9580

Students in the Cognitive Science program and scholars interested in pursuing postdoctoral research on world literature and neurocognitive literary criticism are encouraged to write to Dr Park.


Literature and the Mind
Cognitive Science Program
Comparative Literature
Literary Theory
Theories of Gender and Sexualities
Twentieth Century Anglophone Literature

Research Interests: 

British Modernism
Political Fiction
World Literature
Cognitive Neuroscience

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