Kwangtaek Han

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4th year graduate student

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A native of South Korea, Kwangtaek Han began his academic career as a student of Literature at Yonsei University where he received B.A. in Korean Literature and English Literature and M. A. in English literature with a thesis on the representational dilemma latent in British Romantic poetry. His long-held penchant for Western history and culture had brought him various transnational and multicultural experiences such as attending Hanyoung Foreign Language High School whose aim is to produce professional polyglot diplomats, serving as combatant military police in the U. S. army post in South Korea, traveling through more than fifty European cities, and translating several children’s books from English to Korean. In 2006, he joined as a direct Ph D admit the Graduate Program in English and Comparative Literature at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Over last three years, he has expanded his concentrations to the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century transatlantic political and aesthetic questions. He now focuses on the issues of democracy, affect, and romance genre in nineteenth-century America. Theoretically, his focuses are especially on Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, Benjamin, Lacan, Foucault, Deleuze, Žižek, and recent theoretico-political discussions on ideology, hegemony, new liberalism, and capitalist globalization.

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