Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and, by courtesy, of Comparative Literature
B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Asian Studies and General Studies (1998)
M.A., The University of British Columbia, Asian Studies (2002)
Ph.D., The University of British Columbia, Asian Studies (2011)
East Asian Languages and Cultures
Dafna Zur is an Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University. She teaches courses on Korean literature, cinema, and popular culture. Her book, Figuring Korean Futures: Children’s Literature in Modern Korea (Stanford University Press, 2017), traces the affective investments and coded aspirations made possible by children’s literature in colonial and postcolonial Korea. She is working on a new project on moral education in science and literary youth magazines in postwar North and South Korea. She has published articles on North Korean science fiction, the Korean War in North and South Korean children’s literature, childhood in cinema, and Korean popular culture. Her translations of Korean fiction have appeared in wordwithoutborders.org, The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Short Stories, and the Asia Literary Review.