Jung Min is Professor of Korean Literature at Hanyang University, Republic of Korea. Min earned his B.A. in Korean Literature, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Pre-Modern Korean Literature and Classical Studies from Hanyang University. After completing his dissertation on “Discourses on Literature and Prose Exposition of Late Chosŏn,” his research has focused on Korea’s eighteenth century literature, which gave him a befitting opportunity to serve as the president of Eighteenth Century Studies of Korea in 2006-2008.
His main research interest is literary thought and cultural identities of eighteenth century Korean intellectuals. In order to examine cultural interaction in the macro sphere of eighteenth century East Asia, he has conducted extensive research on travelogues to China and Japan—called Yŏnhaengnok and Sahaengnok, respectively—which have been recorded by various government delegations of Korea. His earnest exploration of the communicative modes and cultural dynamics of early modern East Asia sheds new light on the transformation of aesthetic culture and intellectual shifts in late Chosŏn Korea.