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Suyoung Son

Assistant Professor, Asian Studies
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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 Literature 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.