Sharlyn Rhee

Sharlyn Rhee

Senior Lecturer, East Asian Studies

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Research Interests: Comparative literature, Korean and German films and cultures, Asian American literature, Poetics

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

Sharlyn Rhee is a comparative literature scholar in poetry, poetics, and film. Her special field of interest is where Korean and German cultures intersect. She received her bachelor’s in English Literature from Vassar College and her doctorate from the University of Chicago. Her thesis explored the affinities of two poets, Hwang Chiu and Ingeborg Bachmann. She taught at Johns Hopkins and Maryland Institute College of Art between 2003 and 2012. She has also taught at Lake Forest College, Hanshin University in Suwon, South Korea, and at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a visual artist, specializing in portraits. Her recent work is gathered in her 2021 catalog “Second Visions,” with an essay by Victoria Cass.

Sharlyn Rhee teaches undergrad courses in the East Asian Studies Program, in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and in First Year Seminars.

Her courses include: “Figures of Thought: Dangerous Women”; “Critical Playlists: 1961-1989”; “Critical Inquiry”; “Contemporary American Poetry”; “Asian American Literature and Culture”; “Traditional Korean Literature”; “Modern Korean Literature and Film”; “Modern Korean Fiction”; “East Asian Cinema”; “Romantic Fantastic”; “German Cinema: The Divided Screen”; “Lyric Modernity”; “Korean Popular Culture”