Park, Sowon

Assistant Professor


BA, MA (Ewha), M.Phil, D.Phil (Oxford)

Dr. Sowon 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 for over a decade, 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 received an M.Phil and D.Phil in English from Oxford. Recently, she was awarded a four-year AHRC grant to work on “Prismatic Translation’. Her latest publication is a special issue of The Journal of World Literature that she guest-edited, titled, The Chinese Scriptworld and World Literature (June, 2016). She has published her academic work in The Review of English Studies, MLQ, ELT, European Review, Arcadia, Neohelicon and Comparative Critical Studies. She has been President of the ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory since 2014 and is the founder and convenor of the Unconscious Memory Network.



South Hall 2719

Office Hours: 

Spring 17: by appointment, please email.


(805) 893-4148


(805) 893-4622


Mailing Address: 

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

Students and scholars interested in pursuing graduate or postdoctoral research on world literature and/or neuocognitive literary theory are encouraged to write to Dr Park.


Literature and the Mind
Comparative Literature

Research Interests: 

British Modernism
Political Fiction
World Literature
Cognitive Neuroscience

Recent Courses Taught