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Gong Ji-young Kim Won-il Lim Chul-woo Shin Kyung-suk Jeon Young-ae


Ko Un
Poet and novelist, translator and essayist. Born 1933 in Gunsan (North Jeolla Province). He first began to publish his poems in the late 1950s. His first volume of poems, Pian-gamseong (Transcendental sensibility) was published in 1960 while he was still a Buddhist monk. Leading dissident spokesman during the 1970s, he was arrested many times, and he spent some two years in prison after the 1980 coup d'etat. He has published about 140 volumes of poems, novels, essays, and translations from Chinese. These include the 20 volumes of Maninbo (Ten thousand lives), Naeilui norae (Songs for tomorrow), Namgwa buk (South and north), Neujeun norae (Late songs), the novel Hwaom-gyeong (Garland Sutra / Little pilgrim), and studies of the great poets Han Yong-un and Yi Sang. He has received the Manhae Literary Award, the Daesan Literary Award and the Jungang Ilbo Literary Award. His works have been translated into almost every major language.

Goh Jong-seok
Novelist, journalist, scholar. Born in 1959 in Seoul. Studied law in Seonggyun-gwan University, then pursued graduate studies in Seoul National University and l'Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales in Paris. He has worked as a journalist for the Korea Times, the Hangyeore sinmun and the Sisa Journal. He has published a number of collections of essays: Go Jong-seokui Europe tongshin (Go Jong-seok reporting from Europe), Sarangui mal, maldeurui sarang (Words of love, love of words), Gamyeomduin eoneo (Polluted language), Kode humchigi (Stealing codes) and works of fiction: Gijadeul (Journalists) and Jemangmae.

Ko Hye-sun
Critic, translator and scholar. Studied at the Hanguk University of Foreign Studies, then the Instituto Caro y Cuervo (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota), and received her PhD from her alma mater with a study of the Peruvian novelist Jose Maria Arguedas. She is currently a professor in the Spanish department of Danguk University. She has taught as a visiting professor in the Spanish department at Southern Oregon State University. She has published a number of books: Dongseoyang munhake natanan geourui imiji (Images of winter in eastern and western literatures, also in Spanish), Mestisoui naradul (Lands of mestizos), Peruui eojewa oneul (Peru yesterday and today). She has translated Mexico Yesterday and Today and a volume of poems by the Peruvian poet Cesar Vallejo.

Gong Sun-ok
Novelist. Born in 1963 in Gogseong (South Jeolla Province). Studied Korean language and literature for a time at Jeonnam University. Began her literary career by publishing the novella Ssiatbul (Seeds of fire) in the review Changjakgwa bipyeong. Has published collections of short stories: Piora suseonhwa (Bloom, daffodils), Motjin han sesang (One fine world), as well as full-length novels: Ojirie dugo on seoreunsal (Thirty left behind in Austria), Susupateuro oseyo (Come into the millet field), Bulkeun podaegi (Red quilt). Was awarded the Award for Young Artists.

Kwon Young-min
Critic and scholar. Born in 1948 in Poryeong (South Chungchong Province). Completed undergraduate and graduate studies in the Korean department at Seoul National University. Currently a professor in that department. He has taught as a visiting professor at UC Berkeley and at Harvard. He has published the following books, Hanguk hyeondae munhaksa (History of modern Korean literature), Yun Dong-ju yeongu (Studies on Yun Dong-ju), Hangukui munhak bipyeong (Korean literary criticism), Seosayangsikgwa tamnonui geundaeseong (Narratorial style and modernity of discourse), as well as numerous articles. Has received the Hyeondae Literary Award for Criticism and the Kim Hwan-tae Award for Criticism. Is currently serving as managing editor of the review Munhak Sasang.

Kim Kyung-wuk
Novelist. Born in 1971 in Gwangju (South Jeolla Province). After studying in the English department of Seoul National University he took his M.A. in the Korean department of the same university. Began his literary career by publishing Outsider which received the 1993 New Writers' Award from the review Jakgasegye. He has published 2 collections of short stories: Baghdad kapeeneun kopiga opda (No coffee in Baghdad Cafe) and Betireul mannareo gada (Going to meet Betty) and two novels: Morrison Hotel and Hwanggeumsagwa (Golden apple).

Kim Kwang-kyu
Poet. Born in 1941 in Seoul. Studied German language and literature at Seoul National University and the University of Munich (Germany). Currently Professor in the German Department of Hanyang University (Seoul). His first poems were published in 1975 in the review Munhakgwa Jiseong. He has published 8 collections of poems, including Urireul jeoksineun majimak kkum (The last dream to affect us), Gajin got hanado opchiman (Nothing of my own, but still), Cheoeum mannateon ttae (When first we met). Has received the Nokwon Literary Award, the Kim Su-yeong Literary Award and the Daesan Literary Award. His poems have been translated into a number of languages.

Kim Nu-ri
Scholar and translator. Born in 1960 in Seoul. Studied German language and literature at Seoul National University and the University of Bremen (Germany). Currently a professor in the German Department at Chungang University (Seoul). Has published Allegoriwa yeuksa Gunter Grass ui munhakgwa sasang (Allegory and history: the literary thought of Gunter Grass). He has translated a number of books, including Tongilgwa munhak (Unification and literature) comparing the question of unification in Germany and Korea.

Kim Byung-ik
Critic. Born in 1928 in Sangju (North Gyeongsang Province). Graduated from the political science department of Seoul National University. Worked as a journalist with the Donga Ilbo daily newspaper; served as president of the Korean Journalists' Association; acted as editor-in-chief of the Munhakgwa Jiseong publishing company. Has published a number of books: Saeroun geulssgiwa munhakui jinjeongseong (New writing and the authenticity of literature), Saenggakui angwa bak (The ins and outs of thinking), Ichyeojineun geotgwa toisarananeun geot (Things forgotten, things recalled), Geul dwie sumeun geul (The writing hidden behind writing). Has received the Hyeondae Literary Award, the Palbong Award for Literary Criticism, the Daesan Literary Award, etc.

Kim Seong-kon
Critic, scholar. Born in 1949 in Jeonju (North Jeolla Province). After studying English language and literature at Jeonnam University, he went on to study at Columbia University and New York City University. He is currently a Professor in the English Department of Seoul National University. He has served as head of the university's American Studies Institute and has been president of the Korean Association for Literature and Media. He is currently serving as head of the Seoul National University Language Education Institute and as president of the Modern British and American Fiction Association of Korea. Among his published books are Munhakgwa yeonghwa (Literature and film), Da munhwa sidaeui hangukin (Koreans in a multi-cultural age), Munhwa yeonguwa inmunhakui mirae (The future of cultural studies and the humanities), Yeonghwa sokui munhwa (Culture in film).

Seung-hee Kim
Poet, novelist, scholar. Born in 1952 in Gwangju (North Jeolla Province). After studying English language and literature at Sogang University, she went on to do graduate studies in the department of Korean language and literature of the same university, where she is now a professor. She began her career as a poet in 1973. Her first novel, Santa Fero ganeun saram (On the way to Santa Fe), was published in 1994. She has published a number of volumes of poetry: Oensoneul wihan hyeopjugok (Concerto for the left hand), Bitjarureul tago dallineun useum (A smile speeding down falling rain), Namjadeureun moreunda (Men don't know), etc. She has also published other works of fiction, including the novel Oenjjok nalgaega yakkan mugeoun sae (A bird with a lightly heavier left wing). A selection of her poems has been translated into English.

Kim Yeon-soo
Novelist. Born in 1970 in Gimcheon (North Gyeongsang Province). She began her literary career with the publication of poems in the review Jakgasegye but then went on to publish a number of novels: Seumu sal (Twenty), Goodbye isang (Goodbye ideals), Naega ajik aiiosseul ttae (When I was still a child), etc. She has received the Dongin Literary Award, the Jakgasegye Literary Award, the Dongseo Literary Award.

Kim Young-ha
Novelist. Born in 1968 in Hwacheon (Gangwon Province). Graduated from the business department, Yonsei University. He began his literary career in 1996 by publishing Geoure daehad myeongsang (Meditation on a mirror) in the magazine Review. He has published a number of collections of short stories: Naneun narul pagwihal gweolliga itda (I have the right to destroy myself); Hochul (Pager); Ellibeiteoe kkin geu namjaneun eotteoke toeeotna (What happened to that man stuck in the elevator?) and two volumes of essays Gulbi nakksi (Fishing for corbina fish) and Post-it. His first volume was translated into French, a number of his stories have been translated into English. He has received the Dongin Literary Award, the Isan Literary Award, and the Hyeondae Literary Award.

Kim Uchang
Critic and scholar. Born in 1937 in Hampyeong (South Jeolla Province). Studied in the English department of Seoul National University and then at Cornell and Harvard Universities in the United States. Is now Professor Emeritus in the English department of Korea University (Seoul). He began his career as a literary critic with the publication in 1965 of the essay Jonjaeui insikgwa gamsuseongui jonjung (Awareness of being and respect for sensibility) in the magazine Sindonga. Since then he has published a number of volumes on literary topics: Gungpiphan sidaeui siin (Poet for a destitute age); Simmijeok iseongui tamgu (Discourse of aesthetical reasoning); Jeongchiwa salmui segye (World of politics and life); Haengdonggwa sayu (Actions and causes). Has served as president of the Korean Association for Critical Theory. Has received the Seoul Award for Cultural and Artistic Criticism, the Palbong Award for Literary Criticism, the Daesan Literary Award etc.

Kim In-hwan
Critic. Born in Seoul in 1946. Completed undergraduate and graduate studies at Korea University. Began his career as a literary critic in 1971 by publishing Bak Du-jin siron (Poetic theory of Bak Du-jin) in the magazine Hyeondaemunhak. Has published a number of volumes of literary criticism: Sangsangryeokgwa wongeunbeop (Imagination and perspective); Eoneohakgwa munhak (Linguistics and literature), Bipyeongui wolli (Principles of criticism), Gieokui gyedan (Stairs of memory), Dareun miraereul wihayeo (For another future). Has received the Seoul Award for Cultural and Artistic Criticism.

Kim Jong-kil
Poet, translator, critic, scholar. Born in 1926 in Andong (North Gyeongsang Province). After completing undergraduate and graduate studies in the English department of Korea University he received a Ph.D. from Sheffield University (U.K.). Is currently Emeritus Professor in the English department of Korea University. He began his career as a poet in 1947 when his work received the New Year Award from the Gyeonghyang sinmun. He has published several volumes of poetry, of essays on poetry, and of poetry translations from English and has also translated works by a number of Korean poets into English. His volumes of poetry include Seongtanje (Christmas), Hahoeeseo (At Hahoe), Haega manhi jjalbajieotta (The years are getting much shorter); his volumes of criticism include Siron (Theory of poetry), Jinsilgwa eoneo (Truth and language). He has published a volume of essays written in English, The Darling Buds of May.

Kim Hwa-young
Critic, translator. Born in 1942 in Yeongju (North Gyeongsang Province). Completed undergraduate and graduate studies in French at Seoul National University before earning his doctorate at the University of Provence (France). He is currently professor in the French department of Korea University (Seoul). He has published a number of volumes of literary criticism: Munhak sangsangrokui yeongu: Albert Camus-ron (Studies in the literary imagination: theories on Albert Camus), Soseolui kkotgwa ppuri (Flowers and roots of fiction), Hangukmunhakui sasaenghwal (Private life of Korean literature). He has also published a number of volumes translated from French, including Camus' L'etranger.

Do Jung-il
Critic. Born in 1941 in Seoul. Studied English literature at Gyeonghui University (Seoul) and at the University of Hawaii (United States). Publishes articles on literature, culture and social issues. He is a leading participant in the "Movement to produce a book-reading society." He has published Siineun supeuro gaji mothanda (A poet cannot enter a forest).

Moon Hi-Kyung
Critic, scholar. Born in 1955 in Seoul. Completed undergraduate and graduate studies in English literature at the University of Oxford (U.K.). Is currently a professor in the English department of Korea University (Seoul). She has published a number of articles and books on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English literature, as well as translations.

Park Yi-moon
Poet, critic. Born in 1930 in Asan (South Chungchong Province). Studied French at Seoul National University and Paris-Sorbonne (France) then philosophy at the University of Southern California. He began to publish poetry in 1955 and critical articles in 1957. He has published a number of volumes of poetry including Nune teophin chalseu gangbyeon (Charles River under snow), Nabiui kkum (Butterfly's dream). His collections of essays include Munhakgwa eoneoui kkum (Dreams of literature and language), Ajik kkeutnaji anhneun gil (The road not yet finished), Haengbokhan heomujuuijaui yeolcheong (Ardor of a happy nihilist).

Paik Nak-chung
Critic, scholar. Born in 1938 in Daegu. Studied English literature at Brown University and Harvard. Is currently Emeritus Professor in the English department of Seoul National University. Editor-in-chief of Changjakgwa bipyeong since 1966. Has published a number of books of literary criticism: Hyeondae munhakeul poneun sigan (On seeing modern literature), Minjokmunhakgwa segyemunhak (Korean literature and world literature), Heundeullineun Bundancheje (Shaky structures of division). Has received the Simsan Award, the Daesan Literary Award, the Yosan Literary Award, the Manhae Prize etc.

Bok Geo-il
Novelist, poet. Born in 1946 in Asan (South Chungchong Province). Studied economics at Seoul National University. Began his career as novelist and poet with publications in 1987. His publications include volumes of fiction: Paran dal arae (Beneath a red moon), Kaemp Senekaui gijichon (Village outside Camp Seneca) etc. volumes of poetry: Nai deureoganeun anaereul wihan jajangga (Lullaby for my wife as she grows older) etc. and other titles: Gukjeeo sidaeui miinjokeo (Korean in an age of international language), Jugeun jadeureul wihan byeonho:21 segi chinilmunje (Defence of the dead: the pro-Japanese problem in the 21st century). Much of his writing concerns political and social issues.

Suh Ji-moon
Translator. Born in Seoul in 1948. Studied English literature at Ewha Womens University (Seoul) then at West Georgia College and the State University of New York (U.S.). She is a professor in the English department of Korea University and has taught Korean studies at S.O.A.S in London University (U.K.) in addition to time spent at the universities of Stanford and Harvard. Her publications include: Insaengui gisul (Human crafts) and Eoriseokeumul tamhamyeo (Longing for folly) in addition to a number of volumes of translation into English of Korean literature.

Sung Min-yop
Critic. Born in 1956 in Geochang (South Gyeongsang Province). Completed undergraduate and graduate studies in the Chinese department of Seoul National University, where he is currently a professor. He began his career as a critic in 1982. He has published a number of volumes of criticism as well as translations: Jiseonggwa silcheon (Intelligence and practice), Munhakui bingon (Poverty of literature), Byeonhaneun gotgwa byeonhaji anneun got (Changing things and unchanging things). He is currently an editor of the review Munhakgwa jiseong.

Sung Suk-Je
Poet, novelist. Born in 1960 in Sangju (North Gyeongsang Province). Studied law at Yonsei University (Seoul). Published his first poems in the review Munhaksasang in 1986, and his first work of fiction in 1995. Has published several collections of shorter fiction: Saega toeeotne (I've become a bird), Hollim (Possession), Beonjjeokhaneun hwanghorhan sungan (Sparkling moment of ecstasy) as well as the novels Gungjeonui sae (Palace bird), Sunjeong (Purity). Has received the Hanguk Ilbo Literary Award, the Dongseo Literary Award, the Dongin Literary Award, etc.

Shim Yoon-Kyung
Novelist. Born in 1973. Completed undergraduate and graduate studies in the department of molecular biology at Seoul National University. She published her first work of fiction in 1998. Her Naui areumdaun jeongwon (My beautiful garden) received the 2002 Han Gyeore Literary Award. Has recently published the novel Darui jedan (Altar of the moon).

Oh Saeng-keun
Critic. Born in 1946 in Seoul. Completed undergraduate and graduate studies in the French department, Seoul National University before completing a doctorate in the University of Paris. His first critical essays were awarded the New Year Literary Award by the Donga Ilbo in 1970. He has published a number of volumes of critical writing: Hwang Sun-won yeongu (Studies in Hwang Sun-won), Geuriumeuro jitneun munhakui jip (House of literature built of longing), Munhakui supeseo neurige geotgi (Slow walks in the forest of literature). He received the Daesan Literary Award.

Oh Se-young
Poet, critic. Born in 1942 in Yeonggwang (South Jeolla Province). He completed undergraduate and graduate studies in the Korean department of Seoul National University, where he is at present a professor. He began his literary career in 1966, with poems published in the review Hyeondae Munhak. His published volumes of poetry include Mumyeongyeonsi (Anonymous poems), Haneurui si (Heaven's poems), Bomeun Jeonjaengcheoreum (Spring like war). He has also published critical studies: Sijeok sangsangryeokgwa eoneo (Language and the poetic imagination), Hanguk hyeondae siin yeongu (Studies of modern Korean poets). He has received the Soweol Literary Award, the Jeong Ji-yong Literary Award, the Pyeonun Literary Award, the Manhae Literary Award etc.

Oh Jung-hee
Novelist. Born in 1947 in Seoul. Graduated from the creative arts department of Seorabeol Arts College (now Jungang University). Her writing career began in 1968 when her first work Wangujeomyeoin (The toyshop woman) received the New Year Award from the Jungang Ilbo. Her published work includes; Yunyon ui tteul (The Garden of Childhood), Baramui nok (Spirit of the Wind), Sae (Bird), etc. She has received the Yi Sang Literary Award, the Dongin Literary Award etc.

Yu Jong-ho
Critic. Born in 1935 in Chungju (North Chungchong Province). Studied in the English department of Seoul National University then at the State University of New York (U.S.) and Sogang University (Seoul). He is currently Distinguished Professor in the Korean department of Yonsei University. His first publication as a critic dates from 1957. He has published a number of volumes of literary criticism: Bisunsuui seoneon (Disordered declaration), Munhakui jeulgeoum (Pleasure of literature), Munhakiran muosinga (What is literature?), Dasi ikneun hanguk siin (Rereading Korean poets), Naui haebang jeonhu (Before and after my liberation) etc. Has received the Seoul Award for Cultural and Artistic Criticism, the Republic of Korea Literary Award, the Pyeongun Literary Award, the Daesan Literary Award etc.

Yoon Sang-in
Critic, scholar. Born in 1955. Studied in the Korean department of Sogang University (Seoul) then studied comparative literature in the graduate school of Tokyo University (Japan). Is currently professor in the department of Japanese language and culture in the International Cultures College of Hanyang University. He has spent time as a visiting scholar in the University of London (U.K.) and as a special lecturer in Tokai University (Japan). He has received the Santory Award for one of his books published in Japanese.

Lee Nam-ho
Critic. Born in 1956 in Busan. Completed undergraduate and graduate studies at Korea University (Seoul) and he is currently a professor in the department of Korean education at the same university. He began his career as a critic in 1980 and has published a number of volumes: Munhakui wijok (Literature's pedestal), Hanguk daehasoseol yeongu (Studies in Korean large-scale fiction), Noksaekeul wihan munhak (Literature for green), as well as more general works: Sangsangryeokui Bomulchanggo (Treasure chest of the imagination), Honjamanui sigan (Time all alone), etc. Has received the Hyeondae Literary Award, the Socheon Award for Criticism, etc.

Lee In-sung
Novelist. Born in 1953 in Jinhae (South Gyeongsang Province). Studied in the French department of Seoul National University. Published his first work of fiction in 1980 in the magazine Munhakgwa jiseon. He has published Michyeobeorigo sipeun michyeoborichi anhneun (Not mad wishing to be mad), Haneopsi najeun sumgyeol (Infinitely low breathing), Gang eogwie seom hana (Island at the mouth of the river), etc. Has received the Hanguk Ilbo Literary Award.

Lim Ji-hyun
Scholar. Born in 1959 in Yeongju (North Gyeongsang Province). Completed undergraduate and graduate studies in the department of history at Sogang University (Seoul) before teaching and doing research at the universities of Warsaw and Krakow in Poland. He is currently professor in the history department at Hanyang University. Has served on the editorial boards of the reviews Yeoksawa munhwa (History and culture) and Dangdaebipyeong (Current-day criticism). He is at present director of his university's Center for Comparative Studies in Historical Culture. Has published a number of volumes, such as Mareukseu engelseuwa minjokmunje (Marx, Engels and Korean problems), Minjokjuuineun banyeokida (Nationalism is treason), Inyeomui soksal (Ideology's inner parts), Jeokdaejeok gongbeomjadeul (Hostile accomplices) etc.

Jang Hoe-ik
Environmental activist. Born in 1938 in Yecheon (North Gyeongsang Province). Studies physics at Seoul National University, then at the state universities of California and Louisiana in the U.S. He is now Emeritus Professor in the physics department of Seoul National University. Hi publications have mainly been designed to promote a better understanding of the nature of science among a wider public: Gwahakgwa metagwahak (Science and meta-science), Salmgwa onsaengmyeong (Living and total life).

Jung Gwa-ri
Critic, scholar. Born in 1958 in Daejeon. Completed undergraduate and graduate studies in the French department of Seoul National University. Is currently professor in the Korean department of Yonsei University (Seoul) Began to publish critical essays in 1979. Has published a number of volumes of criticism: Jonjaeui byeonjeungbeop (Dialectic of being), Munmyeongui baekkop (Civilization's navel), Mudeom sokui Majellan (Magellan in the tomb). Has received the Socheon Award for Criticism, the Palbong Award for Literary Criticism, etc.

Jung Doo-hi
Scholar. Completed undergraduate and graduate studies in the history department of Sogang University (Seoul) and is currently professor in the history department of that university, having also served as professor at Jeonbuk University (Daejeon) and as a Yenching Visiting Professor at Harvard University (U.S.). Among his published books are: Migukeseoui hanguksayeongu (Studies in Korean history in the United States), Jo Gwang-jo, and Nae ane sara sumswineun yeoksa (History alive and breathing inside me), etc.

Jung Jae-seo
Writer. Born in 1952 in South Chungchong Province. After studying botany in Seoul National University as an undergraduate she did graduate studies in the Chinese department. Among her books are Dongyangjeogin geosui seulpeum (The sorrow of things eastern), Dogyowa munhak geurigo sangsangryeok (Daoism, literature and imagination), Iyagi dongyangsinhwa (Oriental myths retold). Has translated the Chinese Classic of Mountains and Seas (Shan hai ching) into Korean. Received the Writers Award in the Korean Publishers' Cultural Awards.

Chung Chung-ho
Scholar. Born in 1947 in Seoul. Completed undergraduate and graduate studies in English at Seoul National University, then received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin (U.S.). He is currently a professor in the English department of Jungang University (Seoul). He has also spent time as a visiting professor at Leeds University (U.K.) and Griffiths University (Australia). He is currently head of the university's Australian Study Center, president of the Korean Association for Literature and the Environment, and vice-president of the Association for Critical Theory, as well as editing the occasional review Korean Literature Today. He has published Segyehwa sidaeui bipanjeok pedagoji (Critical pedagogy of the age of globalization), Munhakgwa hwangyeong (Literature and the environment), Talgeundaewa yeongmunhak (The postmodern and English literature) etc.

Jo Eun
Sociologist, novelist. Born in 1946 in South Jeolla Province. After studying English at Seoul National University went on to do graduate studies in social sciences at the University of Hawaii (U.S.). She is now a professor in the social sciences department of Dongguk University (Seoul). Among her published books: Jeolbanui gyeongheom jeolbanui moksori (Half an experience half a voice), 091012 "gongbu yeolsimhi"ragu? (091012 "study hard?) etc. Has also published a collection of works of fiction, Chimmukeuro jieun jip (House built of silence).

Jo Chong-rae
Novelist. Born in 1943 in Seonam-sa temple (South Jeolla Province). Graduated from the Korean department of Dongguk University. Is currently Chair Professor at Dongguk University. Began his career as a writer in 1970 by publishing the novel Numyeong (False charge). Has published collections of short stories: Eotteon jeonseol (Some legend), Hwangto (Yellow earth), Han, geu geuneurui jari (Han, where that shadow lies), the novels Daejanggyeong (Tripitaka), Bulnori (Fireworks), and the extended multi-volume novels Taebaeksanmaek (Taebaek Mountain) and Arirang. Has received the Hyeondae Literary Award, the Republic of Korea Literary Award, the Dongguk Literary Award, the Nosin Literary Award etc.

Choi Dong-ho
Critic, poet. Born in 1948 in Suwon (Gyeonggi Province). Completed undergraduate and graduate studies in the Korean department of Korea University (Seoul) and is currently a professor in that same department. He began to publish critical essays in 1979 when he won the prize in the Jungang Ilbo's New Year's literary competition. He has published volumes of criticism: Si ilkkiui jeulgeoum (Pleasure of reading poetry), Dijiteol munhwawa saengtaesihak (Digital culture and ecological poetry), Hangukhyeondaesiui gamgak (Emotion in modern Korean poetry). Has also published volumes of poetry: Ttakttagurineun eodie sumeoitneunga (Where is the woodpecker hiding?), Hwangsaparam (Yellow dust storm), Gongnorihaneun Darma (Darma playing ball). Has received the Republic of Korea Literary Award, the Socheon Award for Literary Criticism, the Pyeonun Literary Award, etc.

Choi Seung-ho
Poet. Born in 1954 in Chungcheon (Gangwon Province). Graduated from Chuncheon Teachers' College. First poems published in 1977 in the review Hyeondaesihak. Has published a number of volumes of poetry, including Nunsaram (Snowman), Grotesque, Moraeingan (Sandman), Amugeotdo animyeonseo modeun geosin na (I: nothing and everything), etc. Received the Today's Writers Award, the Gim Su-yeong Literary Award, the Daesan Literary Award, etc.

Choi Won-shik
Critic. Born in 1949 in Incheon. Completed undergraduate and graduate studies in the Korean department of Seoul National University. Is currently a professor in the Korean department of Inha University (Incheon). Began his career as a critic in 1972. Has published the following volumes: Minjokmunhakui nolli (Logic of Korean literature), Saengsanjeok daehwareul wihayeo (For a productive dialogue), Hanguk geundaemunhakeul chajaseo (In search of modern Korean literature), Munhakui gwihwan (Repatriating literature). Contributes regularly to the journal Changjakgwa bipyeong. Received the Daesan Literary Award.

Choi Yun
Novelist, translator. Born in 1953 in Seoul. Completed undergraduate and graduate studies in the Korean department of Sogang University, then did a doctorate in French literature at the University of Provence (France). She is currently a professor in the French department of Sogang University. Her first publication, in 1988, was the novella Jeogi sorieopsi hanjeom kkotipi jigo (There one flower blooms soundlessly), and she has published several novels, including Hoesaeknunsaram (Person with gray eyes), Sup sokui binteo (Clearing in the forest), Yeolsegaji ireumui kkothyanggi (Flower fragrance with thirteen different names), Maneking (Mannequin) etc. She is also responsible for the series of Korean literature in translation published by Actes Sud in France, translating works by Yi Mun-yeol, Yi Cheong-jun etc. Her novels have received the Dongin Literary Award, the Yi Sang Literary Award, etc, her translations have received the Republic of Korea Translation Award, the Daesan Translation Award etc.

Choi In-seok
Novelist, dramatist. Born in 1953 in Namwon, North Jeolla Province. First established as a dramatist with the play Byeokgwa jang (Wall and window), followed by other plays such as Eotteon saramdo sarajiji anhneunda (No one disappears), for which he received the Republic of Korea Literary Award, the Baek Sang Arts Award etc. before moving on to write the scenario for the film Chilsuwa Mansu (Chilsu and Mansu). With the publication in 1986 of the novel Gugyeongkkun (Onlooker), he began to focus on novel-writing,producing such works as Nareul saranghaneun pein (Pain that loves me), Gureongideurui jip (Snakes' house), Isanghan naraeseo on spai (Spy from a strange land) etc.

Choi Jang-jip
Political scientist. Born in 1943 in Gangneung (Gangwon Province). Completed undergraduate and graduate studies in the political science department at Korea University (Seoul) before graduated from the University of Chicago (U.S.) and becoming a professor in the political science department of his alma mater. He is currently the head of the university's Study Center for Asian Problems. He has published Hanguk minjujuuiui iron (Theory of Korean democracy), Hangukui nodongundonggwa gukga (The Korean workers' movement and the state), Minjuhwa ihuui minjujuui (Democracy after democratization) etc.

Choi Jae-chul
Japanese studies scholar. Born in 1952. Completed undergraduate and graduate studies at the Hanguk University of Foreign Studies before studying at the graduate school of Tokyo University (Japan). Has published Ilbonmunhakui ihae (Understanding Japanese literature) and has also published works translated from Japanese.

Choi Hye-sil
Critic. Born in 1962 in Seoul. Completed undergraduate and graduate studies in Korean at Seoul National University. Is currently professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences College of KAIST. She has spent time at Harvard as visiting professor. She received the 1991 New Writers Award from the magazine Munhaksasang, as well as the 1992 Gim Hwan-tae Award for Literary Criticism. Her publications include Hanguk modeonijeum soseol yeongu (Studies in modernist Korean fiction), Sinyeoseongdeureun mueoseul kkumkkuosneunga (What were the new women dreaming of?), Dijiteol sidaeui munhwa ilkgi (Reading the culture of the digital age), Dijiteol sidaeui yeongsangmunhwa (The culture of the visual media in the digital age), etc.

Hyun Ki-Young
Novelist. Born in 1941 in Jeju Island. Studied in the English department of Seoul National University. Began his literary career when his short story Abeoji (Father) won the New Year's Literary Award of the Donga Ilbo. Has published a number of novels, including Suni Samchon (Suni's cousin), Jisange sutgarak hana (One spoon on the earth), Badawa suljan (Sea and wineglass) etc. Has received the Hanguk Ilbo Literary Award, the Manhae Literary Award, the O Yeong-su Literary Award etc. Is currently serving as the head of the Korean Culture and Arts Foundation.

Hwang Tong-gyu
Poet. Born in 1938 in Seoul. Completed undergraduate and graduate studies in the English department of Seoul National University, where he is currently a professor. He began his career as a poet with the publication of his first poems in the review Hyeondaemunhak in 1958. Has published a number of collections of poetry including Ageoreul josimharago? (You said to beware of the crocodile?), Pungjang (Wind burial), Beokeullipungui sarang norae (Love song of Berkeley wind), Uyeone gidael ttaedo issotda (There were times when you could lean on chance too). Has received the Hyeondae Literary Award, the Republic of Korea Literary Award, the Isan Literary Award, the Daesan Literary Award, the Midang Literary Award etc.

Hwang Seok-young
Novelist. Born in 1943 in Shenyang (Manchuria). Studied in the philosophy department of Dongguk University. His first work was published in 1962 but he only became fully recognized when his Tap (Pagoda) received the prize in the New Year's Awards of the Joseon Ilbo. Has published a number of novels: Gaekji (Strange land), Jang Gil-san, Oraedoen jeongwon (Ancient garden), Sonnim (Guest), Sim Cheong, etc. Has received the Manhae Literary Award, the Danjae Award, the Daesan Literary Award, etc.

Hwang Jong-yeon
Critic. Born in 1960. Completed undergraduate and graduate studied in the Korean department of Dongguk University, before studying at Columbia University (U.S.). Is currently a professor in the Korean department of Dongguk University. Has published critical studies: Gim Su-yeong gipi ilkgi (Reading Kim Su-young deeply), Biruhan geosui kanibal (Carnival of abject things), etc. Has received the Socheon Award for Literary Criticism, the Go Seok-bi Award for Literary Criticism, etc. Is currently on the editorial board of the review Munhakdongne.

Hwang Ji-Woo
Poet. Born in 1952 in Haenam (South Jeolla Province). After undergraduate studies in the department of aesthetics at Seoul National University did graduate studies in philosophy at Sogang University (Seoul). His poetic career began in 1980 and he has published a number of collections of poetry: Saedeuldo sesangeul tteuneunguna (Even the birds are leaving the world), Ge nun sokui yeonkkot (Lotus in a crab's eye), Jeomulmyeonseo bitnaneun bada (Sea gleaming as night falls) etc. He has also published a drama, Oweorui sinbu (May bride). Has received the Kim Su-yeong Literary Award, the Hyeondae Literary Award, the Soweol Poetry Award, the Daesan Literary Award etc.
 
Kim Yun-shik
비평가, 명지대 국문과 석좌 교수. 1936년 경남 진영에서 출생하였고 서울대 사범대 국문과, 서울대 대학원 국문과를 졸업하였다. 1962년 <현대문학>에 「문학사방법론 서설」이 이 추천되어 문단에 나왔으며, 서울대 국문과 교수직을 역임했다. 주요 저서로 『한국소설사』, 『한국 현대문학 비평사론』, 『한국문학사』,『황홀경의 사상』, 『우리 소설을 위한 변명』등이 있으며, 현대문학 신인상, 한국문학 작가상, 김환태평론문학상, 대한민국문학상, 팔봉비평문학상, 요산문학상등을 수상하였다.
 
Gong Ji-young
소설가. 1963년 서울에서 출생하여 연세대 영문과를 졸업하였다. 1988년 <창작과 비평>에 「동트는 새벽」으로 등단하였으며, 소설 『우리는 누구이며 어디서 와서 어디로 가는가』,『인간에 대한 예의』,『무소의 뿔처럼 혼자서 가라』, 『고등어』,『봉순이 언니』등이 있다. 한국소설문학상, 오영수문학상, 21세기문학상등을 수상했다.
 
Kim Won-il
소설가. 1942년 경남 김해에서 출생하였고 서라벌예대 문예창작과와 영남대 국문과, 단국대 대학원 국문과를 졸업하였다. 1966년 대구매일신문 신춘문예에 소설 「1961·알제리아」가 당선되고, 1967년 <현대문학>에 장편 「어둠의 축제」가 당선되어 등단하였다. 도서출판 국민서관의 이사직과 중앙대 문예창작과 강사직을 역임했다. 대표작으로 『어둠의 혼』, 『마음의 감옥』, 『도요새에 관한 명상』, 『손풍금』등이 있다. 현대문학상, 한국소설문학상, 동인문학상, 이상문학상, 황순원문학상 등을 수상하였다.
 
Lim Chul-woo
소설가, 한신대 문예창작과 교수. 1954년 전남 완도군 평일도에서 태어나, 전남대 영문과와 서강대 대학원 영문과를 졸업했다. 1981년 서울신문 신춘문예에 단편 「개도둑」이 당선되어 등단하였다.대표작으로 『붉은 방』,『봄날』,『아버지의 땅』,『그 섬에 가고싶다』등이 있으며 한국창작문학상, 이상문학상, 단재문학상등을 수상하였다.
 
Shin Kyung-suk
소설가. 1963년 전북 정읍에서 출생하여, 서울예술전문대학 문예창작과를 졸업하였다. 1985년 <문예중앙>에 중편소설 「겨울 우화」를 발표하면서 등단하였다.주요작으로는 『풍금이 있던 자리』,『깊은 슬픔』,『외딴 방』,『기차는 7시에 떠나네』,『바이올렛』등이 있으며 한국일보문학상, 현대문학상, 만해문학상, 동인문학상, 이상문학상 등을 수상했다.
 
Jeon Young-ae
시인, 서울대 독문과 교수. 1951년 경북에서 태어나, 서울대 독문과 및 동대학원을 졸업하였다. 저서로 『카프카 나의 카프카 』,『독일의 현대문학』,『바이마르에서 온 편지』등이 있고 번역서 『사랑에 대하여』, 『데미안』등이 있다.