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 was Lecturer in English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. 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 (http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/research/prismatic-translation), the creator/convenor of the Unconscious Memory Network (http://um.english.ucsb.edu) and former/honorary President of the Research Committee on Literary Theory of the ICLA (International Comparative Literature Association) https://iclatheory.org/
Her publications are on Virginia Woolf, Suffrage fiction, Anthropomorphism, the Gender of Modernism, East Asian Modernist literature, World literature, Script, Pak Kyongni and neuro-cognitive literary criticism.
She is co-editor the Global Asias Series (Oxford University Press) and serve on the editorial board of the following literary journals : Neohelicon, Arcadia, Primerjalna književnost and The Korean Association of Nineteenth Century Literatures in English.
Her blogs on K-Pop are : Global K-Pop - https://www.21global.ucsb.edu/global-e/july-2019/global-k-pop-or-how-aes... ; and 'BTS and Fan Translation' - https://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/blog/exploring-multilingualism/korean-po.... A new Discovery course, K-Pop and Cultural Technology created and first offered in Fall 2019.
- British Modernism
- Political Fiction
- World Literature
- Neurocognitive literary criticism
- Script and translation