Professors from the School of Liberal Arts at UNIST have taken their expertise beyond borders with the publication of two highly anticipated English books. These groundbreaking works promise to captivate readers worldwide and contribute significantly to their respective fields.
Professor Jae-Yon Lee has released a book titled ‘Formation of Periodical Authorship in 1920s Korea: Distant and Close Reading.’ The book explores how modern Korean writers were influenced by magazines and newspapers, employing qualitative and quantitative evidence to support its claims. This innovative approach, known as “distant reading,” has garnered attention for its application of computerized methods in literature research.
Published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), a prestigious academic publishing company covering humanities and social sciences, this book marks an important contribution to digital literature studies. Esteemed scholar Professor Hoyt Long from the University of Chicago hailed it as a significant advancement in computer-based literary research that combines quantitative methodologies with sociological, bibliographic, and hermeneutic approaches.
In another noteworthy publication, Professor Jooyoung Lee’s book delves into the intricate dynamics between South Korea, France, and the United States during the 1970s concerning South Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Titled ‘Fission and Fusion of Allies: The ROK Nuclear Quest and U.S.–France Competition and Cooperation,’ this work encompasses diplomatic history, international relations, and Cold War history involving these three nations.
Departing from previous studies focused solely on bilateral relations or the U.S.-Soviet dichotomy within the Cold War framework, Professor Jooyoung Lee offers a broader perspective that underscores the complexity inherent in this historical period. The book sheds light on South Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons development while examining France’s attempts to export nuclear technology to South Korea countered by U.S. efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation among its allies.
Through their respective publications, Professors Jooyoung Lee and Professor Jae-Yon Lee have made substantial contributions to their fields—Korean literature analysis through distant reading techniques and a comprehensive examination of international relations during the Cold War era. Their works promise to enrich scholarly discussions and pave the way for further research in these areas.