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Suyoung Son

Associate Professor

Suyoung Son

Rockefeller Hall, Room 378

Educational Background

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



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. Her first book, Writing for Print, explores the ways in which the material conditions of print reshaped the production, circulation, and reception of literary texts in the seventeenth century and their ramifications in eighteenth-century censorships. She is currently working on two projects: the first one examines authorship and the emergence of intellectual property in early modern China; and the second project investigates the transmission of book, knowledge, and object between Qing China and Chosŏn Korea, with a focus on the Sŏ family of Talsŏng. 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 Studies


Fall 2021



Writing for Print: Publishing and the Making of Textual Authority in Late Imperial China (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2018).

Articles and Book Chapters
  • “Print and Transnational Referentiality: Nam Kong-ch’ŏl’s Kǔmrǔng chip,” Routledge Companion to Korean Literature, ed. Heekyoung Cho (London and N.Y.: Routledge) (under contract).
  • “Premodern Literary Collectanea,” Literary Information in China: A History, eds. Jack Chen, et al. (New York: Columbia University Press) (forthcoming).
  • “Publisher at Work: Yu Xiangdou’s Images and Visualizing Intellectual Labor,” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 80.2 (forthcoming).
  • “How to Read a Sinographic Text in Eighteenth-Century Chosŏn Korea: Liuxi waizhuan and Yi Tŏngmu’s Compilation of Noeroe nangnak sŏ,” Journal of Asian Studies 78.2 (2019): 329-53.
  • "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)