Visiting Assistant Professor of Korean • Undergraduate Faculty Advisor (Korean)

HUMN 215

Wednesdays 3-5pm & by appointment

Education: Yale University BA, Harvard University, AM, PhD

Ivanna Sang Een Yi received a BA with honors in English from Yale University, an AM in Regional Studies—East Asia from Harvard University, and a PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University with a specialization in Korean Literature. In 2018-2019, she was a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. Her current book project, Continuing Orality and the Environment in Korean Literature, examines the performative dimensions of living oral traditions as they interact with written literature and the environment from the late Chosŏn period to the present. Whereas orality and literacy have often been placed in binary or teleological relationship to each other, the book analyzes modern and contemporary works of Korean literature through the lens of continuing orality to argue that Korean oral traditions such as p’ansori (epic dramatic storytelling) and sijo (lyric poetry) have flourished and proliferated through transformative encounters with writing, the environment, and recording technology. The book engages indigenous perspectives and theories from the Americas to illuminate ways in which land has been treated as a sentient interlocutor rather than a commodity by Korean singers and writers both before and after the rise of global capitalism.


“Opening a P’an for the Page: Continuing Orality in Korean Literature.” Book chapter under contract, Routledge Companion to Korean Literature (2021), ed. Heekyoung Cho

“Voices Inscribed By Land: P’ansori Mountain Pilgrimages.” Article under review.

“Cartographies of the Voice: Storying the Land as Survivance in Native American Oral Traditions.” Humanities 5, no. 3 (2016): 62; http://www.mdpi.com/2076-0787/5/3/62

--Reprinted in Karen Thornber and Thomas Havens, eds., Global Indigeneities and the Environment. (Basel: MDPI, 2016), 206-221. 

The Journal of Korean Studies 21, no.2 (2016): 524-527. Book review of Nicholas Harkness, Songs of Seoul: An Ethnography of Voice and Voicing in Christian South Korea

Research Interests:
Modern and Contemporary Korean Literature and Culture, Late Chosŏn Oral Performance, Korean Traditional Music, Environmental Humanities, Ecocriticism (Literature and Environment), Native American Literatures and Cultures, (Post)colonial Literatures, Comparative and World Literatures, Gender and Embodiment