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Jen Hui Bon Hoa

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

  • Ph.D in Comparative Literature, Harvard University, 2011
  • A.M. in Comparative Literature, Harvard University, 2005
  • B.A in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania, 2002, magna cum laude

Email: jhbh@yonsei.ac.kr
Tel: 032-749-3020
Office: Veritas Hall B433


Jen Hui Bon Hoa specializes in critical theory, modern French and English literature, and the history of aesthetics. Her most recent research focuses on the development and legacy of deconstruction within post-1968 French left political thought, and she is currently writing a book about Jacques Derrida and Jacques Rancière. Her other research interests include philosophical debates concerning the concept of “world literature” and the 20th- and 21st-century afterlives of the flâneur.

Courses and Current Research Areas


Lower Division

  • “World Literature: Introduction to Literary Analysis”
  • “World Literature: Modern European Literature”
  • “Western Civilization”

Upper Division

  • “Crises in Attention”
  • “Pedagogy and Power”
  • “Woolf and Theory”

Selected Publications

“The Law or the Demos? Derrida and Rancière on the Paradox of Democracy.” Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory 43.2 (2020), 179-196.

 “Ghosts, Fictions, and the Rule of Chance: Rancière on Derrida’s Dissemination.” Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal 52.4 (2019), 149-170.

“The Disidentified Community: Rancière reading (Blanchot reading) Nancy.” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 23.6 (2018), 33-51.

“Decline of the Banlieue Rouge: François Maspero’s Les Passagers du Roissy-Express.” French Studies, 72.3 (2018), 380-93.

 “Totality and the Common: Henri Lefebvre and Maurice Blanchot on Everyday Life.” Cultural Critique, 88 (2014), 54-78.

“Deconstruction, Collectivity, and World Literature.” After Derrida. Edited by Jean-Michel Rabaté. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. Pp. 180-96.

“Pornographic Geometries: The Spectacle as Pathology and as Therapy in The Atrocity Exhibition.” J. G. Ballard: Visions and Revisions. Edited by Jeannette Baxter and Rowland Wymer. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Pp.71-87.

“World.” (2020) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Oxford University Press, 2015–

“Rancière, Jacques.” Dictionnaire Maurice Blanchot. Edited by Michael Holland and Hannes Opelz. Paris: Classiques Garnier (forthcoming).

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