University of Minnesota
Asian Languages & Literature

Asian Languages and Literature.

Travis Workman

Travis Workman

Asian Languages/Literatures 220N Folwell Hall 9 Pleasant Street SE

Department Affiliations


  • Korean and Japanese literature, film, and intellectual history; humanism and empire; critical theory; film melodrama; Cold War aesthetics; North Korea

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: East Asian Literature, Cornell University, 2008.


  • "Parodies of Realism at the Margins of SF: Sin Sang-ok's Pulgasari and Jang Jun-hwan's Save the Green Planet." In Simultaneous Worlds: Global Science Fiction Cinema, edited by Jennifer Feeley and Sarah Wells. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.
  • “Other Scenes: Space and Counterpoint in Cold War Korean Melodrama.” The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema 6, no. 1 (2015).
  • "Stepping into the Newsreel: Melodrama and Mobilization in Colonial Korean Film." Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review 3, no. 1 (2014): 153-184.
  • "The Partisan, the Worker, and the Hidden Hero: Popular Icons in North Korean Film." The Korean Popular Culture Reader, edited by Kyung Hyun Kim and Youngmin Choe, 145-167. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2014.
  • "Seo In-sik's Communism and the East Asian Community." positions: asia critique 21, no. 1 (2013): 133-160.
  • "Locating Translation: On the Question of Japanophone Literature." PMLA 126, no. 3 (2011): 701-708.

Courses Taught

  • ALL 1910W Ideas of Culture in East Asian Studies
  • ALL 3536 Modern Korean Literature
  • ALL 3556 Korean Film
  • ALL 3920 North Korea (DPRK): History, Literature, Film
  • ALL 8001 Critical Approaches to Asian Literary and Cultural Studies. Topic: The Colonial Construction of Asia and the West
  • ALL 8002: Space and Modernity in Asia
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