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Suyoung Son

Assistant Professor

Rockefeller Hall, Room 378

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago 2010
  • M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2012
  • M.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea 1998
  • B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea 1996



Suyoung Son is a literary and cultural historian of early modern China (1500-1900). Her research focuses on the narrative tradition and social practice of writing and reading in the historical conditions of print culture, commercialization, and urbanization. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Publish or Perish: Publishing and the Making of Text in Seventeenth-Century China, which explores the ways in which the material conditions of print reshaped the production, circulation, and reception of literary texts in the late Ming and early Qing periods. She is also interested in authorship and the emergence of intellectual property in premodern China, and the transmission of book, knowledge, and object between Qing China and Chosŏn Korea. Before coming to Cornell, she taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago.


  • Asian Studies

Graduate Fields

  • Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture
  • Asian Religions
  • Asian Studies



  • "Between Writing and Publishing Letters: Publishing a Letter about Book Proprietorship," A History of Chinese Letters and Epistolary Culture, ed. Antje Richter (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pp. 878-99.
  • "Reading an Authorless Text: The Reception of Jin Ping Mei in Manuscript and Print," Journal of Chinese Language and Literature [Chungguk ŏmunhak nonjip] 81 (2013.8): 439-55.
  • "Transmitting Haoqiu zhuan in Eighteenth-Century Chosŏn Korea," East Asian Publishing and Society 3 (2013): 3-30.
  • "Publishing as a Coterie Enterprise: Zhang Chao and Making Printed Texts in Early Qing China," Late Imperial China 31.1 (June 2010): 98-136.
  • "Positioning Taiping guangji in the History of Chinese Narrative," Journal of Chinese Language and Literature [Chungguk ŏmunhak nonjip] 12 (1999): 251-66 (Korean)