Born in 1938, Paik Nak-chung graduated from Kyonggi High School in Seoul and Brown University in the United States, and went on to do graduate work at Harvard University, where he received his MA (1960) and PhD (1972) in English Literature (with a dissertation on D.H. Lawrence). After starting a teaching career in the English Department of Seoul National University in 1963, he founded The Quarterly Changbi in 1966, of which he is still the Editor. In 1974 he was dismissed from Seoul National University for demanding a democratic constitution, but returned to his post in 1980 after the death of Park Chung Hee. A literary critic, he has authored: National Literature and World Literature (2 volumes; 1978 and 1985), In Search of the Logic of Human Liberation (1979), The New Stage of National Literature (1990), The Path of Practice for Transforming the Division System (1994), The Division System in Crisis (1998), Rewards of Korean Literature in the Age of Reunification (2006), Unification Korean-Style, Present Progressive Tense (2006), and Where Is the Middle Way and Wherefore Transformation? (2009), editing and co-authoring many books as well, including a five-volume Conversations of Paik Nak-chung (2007). He has received numerous awards such as the 2nd Simsan Prize (1987), the 1st Daesan Literary Prize (in Criticism, 1993), the 14th Yosan Literary Award (1997), the 5th Manhae Prize (for activism, 2001), and the 3rd Kim Dae-jung Academic Award (2009). Currently, he is Professor Emeritus of English at Seoul National University, Co-President of the Korea Peace Forum, and the South Korean Chair Emeritus of the All-Korean Committee for Implementation of the June 15 Joint Declaration.
Born in 1953 in Incheon, Baik Young-seo studied Korean history (BA, MA, and PhD) at Seoul National University. Formerly a professor at Hallym University, he currently serves as a professor at Yonsei University. He has authored: A Study of the Modern College Culture of China and The Return of East Asia; he co-authored An Analytical Study of the National Revolution of China, and co-edited A Debate on the Nature of Chinese Society and The Consciousness of the "Orient" among East Asians.
Born in 1957, Han Ki-wook studied English literature at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (BA) and Seoul National University (MA). He received a PhD for his dissertation on Herman Melville from Seoul National University. Currently a professor at Inje University, he has authored: "The Scarlet Letter and the Characteristics of American Literature" and "Abstract Man and Nature"; he translated into Korean Ariel Dorfman's My House Is on Fire and Jack London's Martin Eden; he also co-translated into Korean Mike Davis' Prisoners of the American Dream: Politics and Economy in the History of the US Working Class.
Born in 1963 in Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province, Kim Jong-yup studied sociology (BA and MA) at Seoul National University. Currently a professor at Hanshin University and a cultural critic, he has authored A Hermeneutics of Laughter (1994), Solidarity and Enthusiasm (1998), Regret for the Age (2001), and For Emile Durkheim (2002) and translated into Korean Sigmund Freud's Totem and Taboo (1995).
Born in 1970, Baik Ji-yon studied Korean literature at Kyung Hee University (PhD). She made her literary debut with the selection of her criticism "Adamic Writing, Metonymic Desire" in the annual contest hosted by the daily Kyunghyang Shinmun. She has published Literature That Speeds through a Labyrinth, a collection of literary criticism.
Born in 1965, Yoo Hui-sok studied English Literature at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (BA) and at Seoul National University (MA and PhD). He received the 4th Changbi Prize for New Figures in Literary Criticism(1997) for "Baudelaire and Modernity". Currently a professor at Chonnam National University, he has authored a collection of literary criticism Mileposts Overcoming Modernity(2007), and he translated into Korean Immanuel Wallerstein's The Uncertainties of Knowledge(2007), and co-translated into Korean Boris Kagarlitsky's The Mirage of Modernization(2000).
Born in 1965, Lee Nam-ju studied economics (BA) at Seoul National University and political and public administration (PhD) at Peking University. Currently a professor of Chinese studies at Sung-Kong-Hoe University, he has authored "Is the 'Takeoff' of North Korean Reform Possible?" and "The Nature and Future Direction of Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation in an Age of Northeast Asia".
Born in 1968 in Seoul, Lee Jang-wook made his literary debut with the publication of his poems in Contemporary Literature in 1994. He has authored a poetry collection, A Sand Mountain In My Dream (2002) Hopeful Song at Noon (2006), poetry criticism collections, My Gloomy Modern Boy (2005) and Revolution and Modernism (2005), and a novel, Joyful Devils of Calo (2005).
Born in 1957 in Seoul, Kim Young-hee studied English literature (BA and MA) at Seoul National University and received a PhD in 1991 for "A Study of Leavis and Raymond Williams". Currently a professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), she has authored The Objectivity of Criticism and Practical Horizons: A Study of F. R. Leavis and Raymond Williams; she translated into Korean Richard Wright's Native Son, F.R. Leavis' The Great Tradition, and co-translated into Korean Fredric Jameson's Marxism and Form and Mike Davis' Prisoners of the American Dream: Politics and Economy in the History of the US Working Class.
Born in 1970, Kim Hang studied department of mass communication(BA) at Yonsei University, at Seoul National University(MA), and at Tokyo University(PH.D). Currently a research professor at Institute of Korean Culture (in Korea University). He has authored Mouth to talk & Mouth to eat, and he translated into Korean G. Agamben's State of Exception.
Born in 1954 in Chung-ju, Do Jong-hwan was a high school teacher before he became a poet. He made his literary debut with the publication of his poems in The Age of Division in 1984. He has authored a poetry collection, My Rose Mallow (1986), The Root of Sorrow (2002), and he edited Writing a Letter with a Petal (2007).
Baik ji-woon is currently a research professor at Center for Korean Studies, Inha University. She co-authored Regional Order in East Asia: From Empire to Community, and she translated into Korean Chen Kwanhsing’s The Emperial Eyes, Marukawa Tetsushi’s Rejournalism-cultural geopolitics of East Asia. And She co-translated into korean Takeuchi Yoshimi’s Japan and Asia.
Born in 1954 in Seoul, Yoo Jae-keon studied Western history (BA and MA) at Seoul National University. Currently a professor at Pusan National University, he has authored: "Historical Law and Historiography" and "Marx and Wallerstein"; and he co-translated into Korean Perry Anderson's Passages from Antiquity to Feudalism (1990, published by Changbi), E. P. Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class (2000, published by Changbi), and Immanuel Wallerstein's The Modern World System (1999).
Born in 1963, Lee Il-young studied economics (BA, MA, and PhD) at Seoul National University. A professor of Chinese studies at Hanshin University, he has authored China's Agrarian Reform and Economic Development and The Korean Economy's Development Strategy in the Age of Northeast Asia and co-authored East Asia in an Age of Open-Door Policy: Industry and Policy and China on the Road to the WTO: Change and Continuity.
Born in 1957 in Incheon, Lee Pil-ryol studied chemistry and the history of science (BS, MS, and PhD) at the Technische Universitaet Berlin. Currently a professor at the Korea National Open University, he has authored: In Search of Energy Alternatives and In Search of the Sites of Energy Conversion (2001); he co-authored An Introduction to Environment Studies; and he translated into Korean Armin Hermann's Heisenberg and Friedrich Klemm's Geschichte der Technik.
Born in 1970 in Daejeon, Jin Eun-young made her literary debut with the publication of her poems in Literature and Society in 2000. She has authored a poetry collection, A Dictionary Composed of Seven Words (2003), We Everyday (2008), as well as a study on Kant entitled Critique of Pure Reason Puts Reason in Court (2004).
Born in 1963, Jin Jeong-seok studied Korean literature (BA and MA) at Seoul National University. Currently a lecturer and a literary critic, he has authored "The Relativization of Perspectives and Relativistic Perspectives", "The Path to the Restoration of Popular Subjectivity", and "A Reappraisal of Modernism".
Born in 1949 in Incheon, Choi Won-sik studied Korean literature (BA and MA) at Seoul National University. He made his literary debut with the selection of his literary criticism in the annual contest hosted by the daily Dong-A Ilbo in 1972. He served as a professor at Keimyung University and Yeungnam University from 1977 to 1982. He received a PhD in 1986 for "A Study of the Literary Works of Lee Hae-jo" at Seoul National University. Currently a professor at Inha University, he has authored: The Logic of National Literature, A Treatise on the History of Modern Korean Fiction, The Theory of National Literature in Korea (published in Japan), For a Productive Dialogue, In Search of Modern Korean Literature, The Wind That Blows across the Yellow Sea, and The Return of Literature; and he edited A Treatise on the History of Modern Korean Literature and East Asian Literature in an Age of Transition. He received the 9th Daesan Literary Prize for The Return of Literature.
Born in 1961, Choi Tae-wook studied laws (BA) at Korea University and politics (PhD) at UCLA. Currently a professor at Hallym Institute of Advanced International Studies, he has authored Domestic Politics and International Political Economy in Globalization Age and co-authored Globalization and Korea's Reformation Tasks.
Hwang, Jung-A studied English literature (BA, MA, and PhD) at Seoul National University. Currently a research professor at Ewha Woman’s University. She has authored “The Magic of a ‘Mirror’ and Re-writing History―Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children.”
Born in 1941 in Jeju Province, Hyon Ki-yong studied English education (BEd) at Seoul National University. He made his literary debut with the selection of his short story "Father" in the annual contest hosted by the daily Dong-A Ilbo in 1975. He has received the Shin Tong-yop Fund for Writers (1986), the Manhae Prize for Literature (1990), the O Yeong-su Literary Award (1994), and the Hankook Ilbo Literature Prize (1999). He has authored three short story collections, Uncle Sun-i, Asphalt, and The Last Horse Herder; and his novels include The Bird That Cries on the Periphery, A Windy Island, and One Spoon on Earth.
Born in 1936 in Gimhwa, Gangwon Province, Im Jae-kyong studied English literature at Seoul National University (BA) and the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne (PhD). He worked as a reporter for the daily Chosun Ilbo and an editorial writer for the daily Hankook Ilbo between 1961 and 1980 and later served as the vice president of the daily Hankyoreh. He has authored Circumstance and the Critical Spirit, edited Anti-Nuclearism, and translated into Korean Maxime Rodinson's Israel et le refus arabe, 75 ans d'histoire.
Born in 1933 in Masan, South Gyeongsang Province, Kang Man-gil studied Korean history (BA and MA) at Korea University. Formerly a professor at Korea University, he is currently the director of the Cheongmyeong Cultural Foundation and the president of Sangji University. He has authored The Development of Commercial Capital during the Late Chosun Dynasty, Historical Consciousness in an Age of National Division, A Treatise on the History of Nationalistic Movement in Korea, A Study of the History of Commerce and Industry during the Chosun Dynasty, A Study of the Daily Lives of the Indigent during the Japanese Colonial Era, Historical Consciousness in an Age of the Reunification Movement, The Korean National Revolutionary Party and the Reunification Front, A Revised History of Modern Korea, A Revised History of Contemporary Korea, and The History of Korea in the 20th Century; and he co-edited A Dictionary of Socialist Activists in Korea.
Born in 1943 in Yeongam, South Jeolla Province, Lim Hyung-taek studied classical Korean literature (BA and MA) at Seoul National University. Currently Professor Emeritus at Sungkyunkwan University and the joint head of the Society for Korean Literary History. He received the 15th Manhae Prize for Literature for his Practical Koreanology. He has authored Perspectives on the History of Korean Literature, Narrative Poems from the Chosun Dynasty, The Logic and System of the History of Korean Literature, A Treatise on the History of Modern Korean Literature, and A Reappraisal of Im Ggok-jeong; he also translated and edited A Collection of Short Sino-Korean Fiction from the Chosun Dynasty; and he co-translated The Complete Works of Baekho, Translated and Annotated; in addition, he edited East Asian Literature in an Age of Transition.
Born in 1935 in Chungju, North Chungcheong Province, Shin Kyung-rim studied English literature (BA) at Dongguk University. He made his literary debut with the publication of his poems "Reeds" and "The Gravestone" in Munhak Yesul (Literary Arts) in 1956. Beginning with Peasants' Dance (1973), he has published poetry collections including Saejae, Let's Go over the Moon, The Love Song of a Poor Man, The Road, The Dream of the Ruined, The Silhouettes of Mother and Grandmother, and Horns and an epic poem The Southern Han River. He has received the 1st Manhae Prize for Literature (1974), the 8th Korean Literary Author Award (1981), the 2nd Isan Literary Award (1990), and the 8th Danjae Literature Prize (1994).
Born in 1945 in North Jeolla Province, Soh Kwang-seop studied physics at Seoul National University (BS) and Brown University (PhD). Formerly a researcher at Cornell University, he is currently a professor at Seoul National University. He has authored Grand Unified Theory and Physics and Mahayana-sraddhotpada-sastra and co-authored Religions and Science.
Born in 1935 in Jangheung, South Jeolla Province, Song Ki-suk made his literary debut with the publication of his literary criticism and short fiction in the Hyondae Munhak (Contemporary Literature) in 1965 and 1966, respectively. He received the 18th Contemporary Literature Prize and the 9th Manhae Prize for Literature. He has authored novels, The Elegy of Jaratgol, Amtae Island, The Smile of May, and General Mung Bean, and a short story collection, Wild Chrysanthemums in Clusters.
Born in 1941 in Sokcheo, Gangwon Province, Yom Mu-ung studied German literature (BA and MA) at Seoul National University. He made his literary debut with the selection of his work in the annual contest hosted by the daily Kyunghyang Shinmun in 1964. He joined the editorial board of The Quarterly Changbi in 1968 and served as the head of Changbi Publishers, Inc. He has authored literary criticism collections, Literature in an Age of the Masses, The Self-Examination of Korean Literature, The Logic of Literature Formulated in an Age of Chaos, and Time on Sand. Currently, he is a professor at Yeungnam University and the head of the Association of Writers for National Literature.