Park, Sowon S

Assistant Professor


D.Phil (Oxford)

Dr. Sowon S Park specializes in British Modernism, Political Fiction, World Literature, and the relationship between Literature and other forms of knowledge, in particular Cognitive Neuroscience.

Before coming to UCSB, she was Lecturer in English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Her previous academic appointments were at Cambridge University and Ewha University, Seoul. She has also held visiting appointments at UCSD and ZFL, Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren, Berlin.

She is currently co-Investigator of the AHRC funded “Prismatic Translation’ project ( and the convenor of the Unconscious Memory Network (

Her latest publication is 'Writing the Vote', co-authored with Kathryn Laing, in British Literature in Transition 1920-1940  (Cambridge University Press Dec 2018). She is the author of over 40 academic papers which have appeared inThe Review of English Studies, MLQ, ELT, European Review, Arcadia, The Journal of World Literature, Neohelicon, Women: a Cultural Review, Comparative Critical Studies and others. 

Her latest blog is on cultural technology and K-pop - 'BTS and Fan Translation':




South Hall 2719

Office Hours: 

winter 19 3 30-5 30 Mondays


(805) 893-4148


(805) 893-4622


Mailing Address: 

English Department, South Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9580

Students and scholars interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research on neurocognitive literary criticism are encouraged to write to Dr Park.


Literature and the Mind
Cognitive Science Program
Comparative Literature
Literary Theory
Theories of Gender and Sexualities
Twentieth Century Anglophone Literature

Research Interests: 

  • British Modernism
  • Political Fiction
  • World Literature
  • Neurocognitive literary criticism
  • Script and translation


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