Hyunyoung Cho

Hyunyoung Cho

Hyunyoung Cho


Early Modern British Literature and Culture; Mobility and Family; Ecocriticism and the Late Renaissance; Plants and Insects in Early Modern Culture; Poetry and Early Modern Science; Cross-Cultural Encounter and Communication

A native of South Korea, Hyunyoung Cho received her BA and MA at Seoul National University and came to the U.S. for her doctoral study, receiving her Ph.D. in English literature at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. In Spring 2014, she joined Mason Korea as a founding faculty member of the campus. She served as the first English Program Coordinator of the campus from 2016 to 2022 and as the inaugural Chair of the Mason Korea Faculty Assembly in 2021. She is the first recipient of the Mason Korea Teaching Award, in 2022.

Her area of specialty is early modern British literature, and combining her research interest in migration with her experience of teaching international students, she has also worked on the issues of transnational education. Her current project examines the ideas of nature and the intersections of literature and science in early modern European culture. She is serving on the Andrew Marvell Society Executive Committee (2022-25) and the International Milton Symposium Standing Committee. 

조현영 교수는 서울대학교 영어영문학과를 졸업하고 동대학원에서 영문학 석사를 받은 후,  미국 럿거스 뉴저지 주립대학교에서 영문학 박사 학위를 받았다.  조지메이슨 대학교 한국캠퍼스에서 문학수업을 강의하고 있으며, 국제 밀턴 심포지움 상임위원회 위원,  국제 앤드류 마블 학회 집행위원회 위원이다. 

Selected Publications

Review of Kevin Curran, ed., Renaissance Personhood: Materiality, Taxonomy, Process, Renaissance Quarterly, 75.4 (2022): 1447-1448. doi:10.1017/rqx.2022.424

"Surveying 'Paradise's only map': Andrew Marvell and Early Modern Science," Journal of British and American Studies. 55 (2022): 129-59. 

"Education of Eve in John Milton’s Paradise Lost: Criticality of Discussion and Debate," In/Outside: English Studies in Korea. 51 (2021): 275-99. [in Korean]

"John Milton's Of Education and the Humanities in College Education," Journal of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies. 28.2 (2018): 267-87. DOI:10.17054/jmemes.2018.28.2.267

" 'Homeward returning': Plebeian Romance and Naturalization of Vagrancy in John Milton's Paradise Lost." Journal of English Language and Literature. 64.1 (2018): 135-50. DOI : 10.15794/jell.2018.64.1.008

Rosenblum, K. E., D. W. Haines, and H. Cho. "Where Are We, When Are We, and Who Are We to Each Other? Connectedness and the Evolving Meanings of International Education." International Student Connectedness and Identity. Ed. Ly Thi Tran and Catherine Gomes. Singapore: Springer, 2017. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-2601-0_10

Cho, H., D. W. Haines, and K. E. Rosenblum, "Drifting Houses, Shifting Anchors: A Case of Transnational Higher Education in Korea." Global Perspectives and Local Challenges Surrounding International Student Mobility.   Ed. Krishna Bista and Charlotte Foster. Pennsylvania: IGI Global, 2016. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9746-1.ch008

Cho, H., D. W. Haines, and K. E. Rosenblum, eds. Diversity at Mason: A New Kind of International. Fairfax, VA: A George Mason University Diversity Research Group Publication, 2015. 

Grants and Fellowships

Faculty Research and Development Award, George Mason University Korea, 2023.

Center for Humanities Research (CHR) Summer Research Grant, George Mason University, 2022

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar, 2018.

MK President Research Award, George Mason University Korea, 2018 

Courses Taught

ENGH 100 Composition for Multilingual Writers | ENGH 101 Composition

ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (f2f & online)

ENGH 201 Fairy Tales in Transatlantic Literature and Culture, from Courtly Love Poems to Maleficent 

ENGH 202 The Rise of Modern Economy and Culture, from Utopia to Robinson Crusoe

ENGH 202 Migration in Literature, Ancient and Modern

ENGH 300 The Genesis of Modern Economy and Culture

ENGH 300 Shakespeare for Our World 

ENGH 362 Global voices: Modern and Contemporary East Asian Culture

ENGH 367 World Literatures in English

KORE 311 Modern Korean Literature in Translation




Ph.D.  English, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick, USA.

M.A.  English Literature, Seoul National University, Korea.

B.A.  English Language and Literature, Seoul National University, Korea.

Recent Presentations

"A View from Korea: Expanding Milton's Readership, in Global Context," Milton's Place in the Profession, Global Perspectives Roundtable, Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Chicago, USA, March 23, 2024.

Seventeenth Century Draining of Fens and Marvell's "Salmon Fishers" in Upon Appleton House, Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Chicago, USA, March 22, 2024.

"Paradise Lost as a Story of Bildung," a Public Lecture cohosted by the Korean Association of Classical Medieval and Renaissance English Literature and by Incheon Metropolitan Office of Education and Incheon East Asia Global Education Institute, Chiltong Madang, Incheon, Korea, February 24, 2024.[in Korean]

"Milton in D. H. Lawrence's The Rainbow," The Thirteenth International Milton Symposium, Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, July 10 - 14, 2023. 

“Making Milton Hospitable, Across Borders: Enhancing Engagement in Paradise Lost
for Multilingual Students,” Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Tamkang University, New Taipei City, Taiwan (Hybrid), October 21-22, 2022. 

“Birds and Bugs in Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress”: Re-working Egyptian Solar Mythology in the Age of Bacon,” South Central Renaissance Conference, University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, USA (Online), March 3 – 5, 2022.  

“Remembering Fenland and Its Residents in Seventeenth-Century Poetry,” The English Language and Literature Association of Korea Annual Conference, Seoul, Korea (Zoom), December 13-15, 2021. [in Korean]

“Simile in Paradise Lost, Yet Once More,” The Twelfth International Milton Symposium, Palais Universitaire, Strasbourg, France, June 17-21, 2019.

“Reading Paradise Lost with Princess Sleeping Beauty as a Guide,” a public lecture, Cohosted by Sunrise Public Library and The Humanities Center, Incheon National University, Incheon, Korea, March 28, 2019 [in Korean].

“John Milton in Twenty-First Century Korea: Popular Sovereignty, Post-humanism, and Humanities Education,” Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, USA, March 22-24, 2018.

“Translating Milton, Milton’s ‘Translation’: Aeneas and Dido in Paradise Lost,” The First MLA International Symposium, “Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations,” Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany, June 23-25, 2016.