Dong Hwan (Alex) Chun
Interests: Early Modern Poetry & Drama, Classical Reception, Classical Literature & Rhetoric, Renaissance Humanism
Education: Sogang University (Seoul, S. Korea) B.A. and M.A.
Dong Hwan (Alex) Chun is a PhD candidate examining the various ways in which early modern writers attempted to converse with the ancients. In particular, he looks at how literary productions of Renaissance humanists were influenced and shaped by their discourse with classical authors as well as by contemporary cultural interactions. Intrigued by the readiness with which Renaissance humanists negotiated with the classics, he reads early modern literary works by interrogating how humanist scholars contended with the classics for various political, aesthetic, and cultural reasons. He explores how they playfully and sometimes anxiously collaborated with classical authors to produce dynamic systems of meanings that spoke to early modern worldviews and socio-political conditions.
He taught for the university's Writing Program for two semesters and served as an editorial assistant for Spenser Studies for a year. He is currently working as a copy-editor for the book review section of Religion & Literature.
Chun, Dong Hwan. "'free unforced judgements': Envisioning the Ideal Republic through Freedom of Speech in The Tragedy of Cicero." Milton and Early Modern English Studies 27.2 (2017): 51-74.
Chun, Dong Hwan. "'Sole Author I': Samson's Fatal Decisions in Samson Agonistes" IEAS Journal of English and American Studies 14 (2015): 5-22.
Chambers, Claire Maria, and Dong Hwan Alex Chun. Review of Musical Woyzeck. dir. Yun Ho Jin. Theatre Journal 67.3 (2015): 541-43.