Immanuel Kim

The Korea Foundation and Kim-Renaud Associate Professor of Korean Literature and Culture Studies
Rome Hall 453
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Dr. Immanuel Kim is a specialist in North Korean literature and cinema. His research focuses on the changes and development, particularly in the representations of women, sexuality, and memory, of North Korean literature from the 1960s to present day. His recent book Rewriting Revolution: Women, Sexuality, and Memory in North Korean Fiction explores the complex and dynamic literary culture that has deeply impacted the society. His current research is on North Korean comedy films and the ways in which humor has been an integral component of the everyday life. By exploring comedy films and comedians, Dr. Kim looks past the ostensible propaganda and examines the agency of laughter.

Current Research

North Korean Comedy Films and Filmic Culture


Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at University of California, Riverside




Rewriting Revolution: Women, Sexuality, and Memory in North Korean Fiction, University of Hawaii Press, 2018.

Rewriting Revolution charts the insightful literary frontiers that critically portray individuals negotiating their political and sexual identities in a revolutionary state. In this fresh and thought-provoking analysis of North Korean fiction, Dr. Kim looks past the ostensible state propaganda to explore the dynamic literary world where individuals with human emotions reside. His book fills a major lacuna and will be of interest to literary scholars and historians of East Asia, as well as to scholars of global and comparative studies in socialist countries.


  • “Art of Absence: Nostalgia in North Korea’s Literary Production.” Telos. Fall (2018). (Forthcoming)
  • “Problems with Institutionalizing the April 15 Literary Production Unit.” Korea Journal 56.1 (2016): 140-164.
  • “The Interview: Life of North Korean Author Paek Namnyong.” The Journal of Korean Studies 22.1 (2016): 245-258.
  • Snow Melts in Spring: Another Look at the North Korean Film Industry.” Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema (2015): 41-56.
  • “North Korean Comedy of Manners: Day at the Amusement Park.” S/N Korean Humanities Journal 1.1 (2015): 85-106.
  • “Threat to the Family Revolution in North Korea: Reading the Individual in Paek Nam-ryong’s Friend.” Acta Koreana, 14.2 (2011): 1-21.