Professor Jung Byung-sul received his Ph.D. from Seoul National University in 1997. He is currently a professor in the Department of Korean Language and Literature, Seoul National University. His main research subject is novels in the Joseon dynasty. Currently his research focuses on how Koreans perceive Korean culture in relation to China. He has previously done research at the Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University (2002) and the Center for Korean Studies, UC Berkeley (2007-2008). His recent books include Over the Death; The Catholic Martyress Yi Suni’s (1779-1802) Letters from Prison (Minumsa, 2014 [in Korean] ), Power and Human; The Death of Prince Sado and the Joseon Royal Family (Munhakdongne, 2012 [in Korean] ), The Paintings of A Nine Cloud Dream (Munhakdongne , 2010 [in Korean] ), and I am a Gisaeng (Courtesan) (Munhakdongne, 2007 [in Korean] ).