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Dafna Zur (Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures)


Dafna Zur (Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures)

Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Literatures and Cultures and, by courtesy, of Comparative Literature


Dafna Zur teaches courses on Korean literature, cinema, and popular culture. Her first book, Figuring Korean Futures: Children’s Literature in Modern Korea, traces the investments and aspirations made possible by children’s literature in colonial and postcolonial Korea. Her second book examines science and literature in Cold War North and South Korea. She has published articles on North Korean popular science and science fiction, North Korean translations, the Korean War in North and South Korean children’s literature, childhood in cinema, and Korean popular culture. Her translations of Korean fiction have appeared in, The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Short Stories, and the Asia Literary Review.