Hwisang Cho

Assistant ProfessorHwisang Cho

Modern Languages, 215

Office Hours: By appointment




Hwisang Cho specializes in cultural, intellectual, and literary history of Korea, comparative textual media, and global written culture. He earned his B.A. in Chinese literature from Korea University and his Ph.D. in Korean history from Columbia University. At Emory, Cho teaches courses on history of Korea (both modern and premodern), early modern East Asia, and epistolary culture. 

His first book, The Power of the Brush: Epistolary Practices in Chosŏn Korea, was published from the University of Washington Press in 2020. His major work in progress is The Tales of the Master: T’oegye and the Making of Modern Korea, a study of how the culture of storytelling about a historical personage and its manifestation in diverse material forms have influenced the formation and appropriation of self-identities of various communities in Korea from the late sixteenth century to the present. He is also initiating a new project on the cultural history of alphabetization in early modern Korea in comparison to similar cases in other cultures.

Cho’s publications include a forthcoming essay on the somatic origins of nonlinear textual forms in early modern Korea from the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (2022), an article on the poetry societies by secondary status groups in the late Chosŏn period in the Journal of the American Oriental Society (2020), an article on Chosŏn epistolary culture in the Journal of Asian Studies (2016) and an article on the problems of controlling emotions in early Chosŏn political and intellectual culture in the Journal of Korean Studies (2015). Cho has also contributed chapters to the collections: Routledge Companion to Korean Literature (forthcoming, Routledge), Information: A Historical Companion (Princeton), Cultures of Yusin: The 1970s in South Korea (Michigan), and Epistolary Korea: Letters in the Communicative Space of the Chosŏn 13921910 (Columbia).

He is currently a senior fellow of the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (SoFCB) and the Chair of the Diversity and Outreach Committee for the same society.