John M. Frankl is a Harvard-Yenching Visiting Scholar and Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. His permanent appointment is at Yonsei University’s Underwood International College where he serves as Associate Professor of Korean and Comparative Literature. Professor Frankl completed a B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley in East Asian Languages, after which he earned an M.A. at Yonsei University in the Department of Korean Language and Literature. Following Yonsei, he attended Harvard University, earning an A.M. in Regional Studies: East Asia and a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations in 2003. He then returned to U.C. Berkeley to spend the following year as a postdoctoral fellow, after which he returned to Korea and Yonsei.
He is the author of the book, Han’guk munhak-e nat’anan oeguk ŭi ŭimi (Images of “The Foreign” in Korean Literature and Culture) published in Seoul by Somyŏng in 2008, as well as several articles on Yi Sang, the most recent— “Distance as Anti-Nostalgia: Distorted Memories of Rural Korea in Yi Sang’s ‘Ennui’”—appearing in The Journal of Korean Studies, Spring 2012. During his year at Harvard, he is completing a manuscript on Yi Sang, with particular focus on his essays.