Ji-yoon An, Ph.D.

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Ji-yoon An is a scholar of East Asian Studies with interests in cultural trends and flows, particularly in Korean screen culture. Broadly speaking, her work focuses on Korean society and the ways that changing social values and ideologies are reflected, reworked, and imagined in visual culture. Her doctorate research examined family representations in contemporary South Korean films. Her current research interests include: trends in South Korean blockbusters, youth market and generic hybridity in K-dramas, and gender politics across South Korean visual culture. Her thesis, titled Family Pictures: Representations of the Family in Contemporary Korean Society, is also forthcoming as a book.

Academic Profile

Ph.D. in East Asian Studies

University of Cambridge

M.Phil in Screen Media Culture (renamed: Film and Screen Studies)

University of Cambridge

B.Mus in Music

King’s College London

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Korean Cinema
  • Gender and Family in Modern Korea seen through Culture
  • Modern Korean History 1945-
  • Early Modern Korean History 1860-1945
  • Recent Researches in Korean Culture Studies 
  • Recent Researches in Korean Studies



  • An, J. forthcoming 2021. ‘Aliens, Mermaids, and Cartoons: Neoliberal Gender Politics in K-Drama of 2010s.’ In ‘We’ in an Age of ‘I’: Romance and Social Bonding in Contemporary Culture, edited by Mary Harrod, Diane Negra, Suzanne Leonard. Routledge.
  • An, J. 2019. ‘The Korean Mother in Contemporary Thriller Films: A Monster or Just Modern?’ The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema 11(2). DOI: 10.1080/17564905.2019.1661655
  • An, J. 2019. ‘The Lost Children of Korea: Ounie Lecomte’s A Brand New Life (2009) and Kim So-yong’s Treeless Mountain (2009).’ Cross Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review 8(1). DOI: 10.1353/ach.2019.0001
  • An, J. 2018. ‘Cinema Studies: Dong Hoon Kim, Hye Seung Chung, Ji-yoon An, and N. Trace Cabot.’ In Korean Communication, Media, and Culture: An Annotated Bibliography, edited by Kyu Ho Youm and Nojin Kwak. Maryland: Lexington Books.
  • An, J. 2016. ‘Blood is Thicker than Water, or is It? Depictions of “Alternative Families” in Contemporary Korean Cinema.’ In Korean Screen Cultures: Interrogating Cinema, TV, Music and Online Games, edited by Andrew Jackson and Colette Balmain. Bern: Peter Lang. DOI: 10.3726/978-3-0353-0782-5

Book Reviews

  • An, J. Y. (2018) Book Review of Jinsoo An’s Parameters of Disavowel: Colonial Representation in South Korean Cinema.The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, 10(2), DOI: 10.1080/17564905.2018.1518300