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 'Creative Multilingualism’ project (,

creator/convener of Unconscious Memory Network (,

co-creator/convener of an IHC Research Group on Sustainability and the New Human (

and former/honorary President of the Research Committee on Literary Theory of the International Comparative Literature Association (

She is the recipient of the 2020 Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

Her publications are on Virginia Woolf, Suffrage fiction, Anthropomorphism, the Gender of Modernism, East Asian Modernist literature, World literature, Script, Pak Kyongni and neuro-cognitive literary criticism.

She is co-series editor ofGlobal Asias (Oxford University Press); and Critical Interventions in Medical and Health Humanities.(Bloomsbury).

Dr Park serves on the editorial board of the following literary journals : Neohelicon, Arcadia, Primerjalna književnost and The Korean Association of Nineteenth Century Literatures in English.

Her blogs on K-Pop are : Global K-Pop - ; and 'BTS and Fan Translation' - A new Discovery course, K-Pop and Cultural Technology  was created and first offered in Fall 2019.




South Hall 2719

Office Hours: 

Spring 2020 - Please email for appointment.


(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 Mind
Cognitive Science Program
Comparative Literature
Literary Theory
Post-Colonial Studies
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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