Professor of English; Chair of the Department of English

Office Location 
Fine Arts 324
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Seiwoong  Oh

Degrees: B.A. Chung Ang University, Seoul; M.A. West Texas State University; Ph.D. University of North Texas

Dr. Oh specializes in British Renaissance literature including Shakespeare and Milton. He has also been interested in Asian American literature and has written extensively on cross-cultural reading in multicultural literature.

Please write to me at Questions, job offers, comments, and hellos are welcome. I'd especially love to hear from current and former students about how they are doing.

Courses Taught at Rider

  • Seminar in Shakespeare
  • 16th-Century British Literature
  • 17th-Century British Literature
  • and a dozen other courses including Great Ideas, introductory literature and writing courses.
  • my syllabi change every semester. If you send me an email, I will mail you the most recent ones.


Edited book

  • Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature. New York: Facts on File, 2007. Best Reference 2007 Library Journal.

Books (in Korean)

  • English Metaphorical Expressions. Seoul, Korea: Nexus Publishing, 2002.
  • Change the Paradigm of English Studies. Seoul, Korea: Four Seasons Publishing, December 1998.
  • Mindmap English. Seoul, Korea: Four Seasons Publishing, December 1998.

Refereed articles

  • “Narrative Gaps, Hermeneutics, Aesthetic Emotion in Asian American Literature.” Journal of English Language and Culture 1.1. (Dec 2010): 5-22.
  • “Images of Korea in Korean American Adoption Narratives.” Comparative Korean Studies 18:1 (2010): 63-90.
  • Stephano and Trinculo as Accidental Colonists in Shakespeare’s The Tempest The Journal of Mirae English Language and Literature Society 14.2 (2009): 105-122.
  • "Cultural Translation in Ha Jin's Waiting." Querying the Genealogy: Comparative and Transnational Studies in Chinese American Literature. Ed. Jennie Wang. Shanghai: Shanghai Translation Publishing House, 2006. 420-27.
  • “Philip Jaisohn’s ‘Hansu’s Journey’: the First Published Work of Fiction in English from Korean America.” Amerasia Journal 29.3 (2003/2004): 43-55.
  • “The Kitchen as an Ethnic Space: Timothy Mo’s Sour Sweet and Gish Jen’s Typical American." Sites of Ethnicity: Europe and the Americas. American Studies Monograph Series Volume 119. Eds. William Boelhower, Rocio Davis, and Carmen Birkle.Universitatsverlag Winter Heidelberg, 2004. 303-315.
  • “The Ethnic Man and the Real Man in Korean American Literature.” The Jungang Journal of English Language and Literature 45.4 (December 2003): 11-41.
  • “Funeral Rites, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Representation in Asian American Literature.” Asian American Literature in the International Context: Readings on Fiction, Poetry, and Performance. Ed. Rocio Davis and Sämi Ludwig. London: LIT Verlag, 2001. 69-80.
  • “Ben Jonson’s Scholarly Heroes.” Memory, History and Critique: European Identity at the Millenium. Ed. Frank Brinkhuis and Sasha Talmor. U for Humanist Studies, 1998. on CD-ROM.
  • “Memory in Contemporary Chinese American Literature.” Talk-Story in Chinatown and Away: Essays on Chinese American Literature and on US-China Relationship. Rome: Sun Moon Lake, 1998. 45-53.
  • "Cross-Cultural Reading Versus Textual Accessibility in Multicultural Literature." MELUS: The Journal for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 18.2 (Summer 1993): 3-16. Winner of Katherine Newman Award for Best Articles in MELUS, 1993, 3rd place.
  • "Time as Chorus in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale." CCTE Studies 58 (1993): 7-13. Winner of Robert Law Award for Outstanding Paper on Shakespeare.
  • "The Bad Angels in Milton's Paradise Lost: Millions of Morons or Corrupt Intelligences?" CCTE Studies 56 (1991): 55-61.
  • "Thomas Hardy's 'The Voice.'" The Explicator 50 (1992): 154-55.
  • "Maxine Hong Kingston's Political Agenda in Trip Master Monkey: His Fake Book." English in Texas 23.3 (Spring 1992): 25-28.

Book Reviews

  • Eugenia Kim’s The Calligrapher’s Daughter. Asian Women 26.3: Autumn 2010. 93-94.
  • Begona Simal and Elisabetta Marino, eds. Transnational, National, and Personal Voices: New Perspectives on Asian American and Asian Diasporic Women Writers. MELUS 32.4 (Winter 2007). 151-53.
  • Steven Roger Fischer. A History of Reading. The Sixteenth Century Journal 35.4: 2004 : 1220-21.
  • David Lowenstein et al, eds. The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature. The Sixteenth Century Journal 35.2 (Summer 2004): 542-43.
  • Noelle Brada-Williams and Karen Chow, eds. Crossing Oceans: Reconfiguring American Literary Studies in the Pacific Rim. Feminist Studies in English Literature 12.2 (2004): 209-13.
  • Rocio Davis’ Trascultural Reinventions: Asian American and Asian Canadian Short Story Cycles. MELUS 28.1 (Spring 2003): 176-79.
  • Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter and Don Lee’s Yellow. Western American Literature. 37.3 (Fall 2002): 384-86.
  • Elizabeth Kim’s Ten Thousand Sorrows: The Extraordinary Journey of a Korean War Orphan. Western American Literature. 36.1 (Summer 2001): 194-95.
  • Nigel Wheale’s Writing and Society: Literacy, Print and Politics in Britain 1590-1660. In-Between: Essays and Studies in Literary Criticism. 10.2 (2001): 237-39.
  • Nora Okja Keller’s Comfort Woman. Western American Literature. 34:1 (Spring 1999): 102-03.
  • Sami Ludwig’s Concrete Language: Intercultural Communication in Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior and Ishmael Reed’s Mumbo Jumbo. Amerasia Journal. 24:3 (1998): 249-251.
  • Shawn Wong’s American Knees. Western American Literature. 32. 2 (Summer 1997): 86-7.
  • Amy Tan’s The Hundred Secret Senses. Western American Literature. 31.2 (Summer 1996): 170-71.
  • Julie Shigekuni's A Bridge Between Us. Western American Literature. 30.2 (Summer 1995): 225-56.
  • Fae Myenne Ng's Bone. Western American Literature. 28.4 (Winter 1994): 365-66.
  • Bonnie TuSmith's All My Relatives: Community in Contemporary Ethnic American Literatures. Western American Literature. 29.2 (Summer 1994): 177.
  • Amy Tan's The Kitchen God's Wife. Western American Literature 27.2 (Summer 1992): 174-5.

Invited Articles

  • “Postcolonialism and Asian American Literature.” Chung-Ang University Studies 3 (1998): 145-160.
  • “Scholarly Tricksters in Renaissance Comedy.” Chung-Ang University Studies 2 (1997): 7-38. (Seoul, Korea)

Reference Material

  • “Hisaye Yamamoto” (303-15), “Ty Pak” (251-55) and “Don Lee” (151-54). Asian American Short Story Writers: A Bio-Biblical Critical Sourcebook. Ed. Guiyou Huang. West Port, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2003.
  • “Induk Pahk” (299-303), “Younghill Kang” (149-58), and “Ilhan New.” (281-85) Asian American Autobiographers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Ed. Guiyou Huang. West Port, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2001.
  • "George Chapman." Readers' Guide to Literature in English. London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1996. 127-28.
  • "British Literature: General Survey." Readers' Guide to Literature in English. London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1996. 84-86.

Translation (from English to Korean)

  • The Learning Revolution. By Gordon Dryden and Jeannette Vos. Seoul, Korea: Haenam Publishing, 1999. Co-Translated with Jaeyoung Kim.

Paper Presentations

  • “Cultural Translation in Eugenia Kim’s The Calligrapher’s Daughter.” The Annual Conference of the Mirae English Language and Literature Society. May, 2010.
  • "Images of Korea in Korean Adoption Narratives." Association of Asian American Studies Conference, Chicago. April 2008.
  • "A Paradigm of Self-Empowerment in Third Space in Suki Kim's The Interpreter." Postfeminism Conference, Korea University, Seoul, Korea. June 2007.
  • "Gendered Trauma in Changrae Lee's Gesture Life." Modern Language Association Conference. December 2006.
  • "Cross-cultural Aesthetics in Winter Sonata." Modern Language Association Conference. Washington, DC. December 2005.
  • "Cultural Translation in Ha Jin's Waiting." Querying the Genealogy: An International Conference. Shanghai, China. June 2005.
  • "Cultural Translation of the East to the West in Nora Okja Keller's Comfort Woman." Women's Worlds 2005 Conference. Seoul, Korea. June 2005.
  • "Chinese Opera and Cowboys: Ethnic Markers in Wayson Choy's Paper Shadows. 4th MESEA Conference. Thessaloniki, Greece. May 2004.
  • “Imperial England’s Self-Reflection in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.” James I Conference. Reading, England. July 2003.
  • “Aaron’s Black Male Body in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.” Europe at the Crossroads Conference. Berlin. July 2003.
  • “Shakespeare in Cyberspace: What’s in it for the Undergraduate Teacher?” Northeast Modern Language Association. Boston. March 2003.
  • “Female Trauma, Male Narrators: Narrating the Korean Comfort Women From Male Perspectives.” Modern Language Association. New York. December 2002.
  • “Introduction to Teaching Asian American Literature.” National Council Teachers of English. Atlanta, Georgia. November 2002. Co-presented with Andrea Scaturo.
  • “Food as a Narrative Thread in Gish Jen and Timothy Mo.” Multi-Ethnic Literature of Europe and the Americas. Padua, Italy. June 2002.
  • “Color and Caste in Dorothy West’s New England Novels.” Modern Language Association Conference. Washington, DC. December 2000.
  • “Self and Nation in Korean American Autobiography.” East and West Conference. Rome, Italy. December 2000.
  • “Korean American Fatherhood.” American Studies Association of Korea. Seoul, Korea. October 2000.
  • “Korean Scholars and Korean American Literature.” Talk presented in Korea. October 2000.
  • “Funeral Rites in Chinese American Literature.” European Association of American Studies. Lisbon, Portugal. April 1998.
  • “Literary Critics’ Homework for the 21st Century.” Intercultural Group Conference on the New Europe at the Crossroads. York, England, August 1997.
  • “The Real Father and the Ethnic Father in Korean American Fiction.” MELUS Conference, Honolulu, April 1997.
  • “Ben Jonson’s Scholarly Heroes.” International Society for the Study of European Ideas Conference. Amsterdam, August 1996.
  • “Postcolonialism for Korean Scholars.” Talk presented in Korean to the Annual Conference of the Chung-nam English Language and Literature Association, Korea, May 1996.
  • “Memory in Chinese American Literature.” European Association of American Studies. Warsaw, March 1996. A substantial rewrite of the following paper on “Memory, Identity, and New Life” with emphasis on Chinese American narratives.
  • "Memory, Identity, and New Life in the Novels of Gish Jen, Fae Myenne Ng and Julie Shigekuni." American Women Writers of Color Conference. Ocean City, Maryland. October 4-6, 1995.
  • "Patterns of Glossing in Asian American Literature." Modern Language Association Conference. San Diego, California. December 27-30, 1994.
    A revised version read at the New Jersey College English Association meeting on March 25, 1995.
    A modified version read at the Lunch Box Series at Rider University, September 27, 1995.
  • "The Archetypal Trickster, Renaissance University Men, and the Jacobean Scholarly Trickster." Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. April 8-9, 1994.
  • "Rhetoric and the Scholarly Trickster on Jacobean Stage." South Central Modern Language Association Annual Conference. Austin, Texas. October 14-16, 1993.
  • "Time as Chorus in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale." Robert A. Law Award for Outstanding Paper on Shakespeare. Conference of College of Teachers of English. San Angelo, Texas. March 4-6, 1993.
  • "Elizabethan Yeomen's Church in Thomas Deloney's Prose Fiction." South Central Conference on Christianity and Literature. Shreveport, Louisiana. February 6-8, 1992.
  • "Maxine Hong Kingston's Political Agenda in her Fiction." Conference of College Teachers of English. Amarillo, Texas. March 5-7, 1992.
  • "Kim Ronyoung's Clay Walls: A Far Cry from the Inside." American Women Writers of Color Conference. Ocean City, Maryland. May 28-30, 1991.
  • "Milton's Bad Angels: Millions of Morons or Corrupt Intelligences?" College English Association/ Conference of College Teachers of English, San Antonio. April 16-8, 1991.
  • "Ethnicity and Reception." Graduate Student Conference on "Texts, Lies, and Stereotypes: Encoding/ Decoding Literary and Cultural Identities." Atlanta, Georgia. May 18, 1991.
  • "Politeness Theory: Can It 'Do' Prayer Poems?" South Central Modern Language Association Conference. Fort Worth, Texas. October 31-November 2, 1991.
  • "Politeness in John Donne's 'Holy Sonnets': The Measure of a Successful Prayer" First Place Paper: British Literature till 1780. Graduate Student Conference. UNT, Denton, Texas. April 8, 1991.
  • "Reading 'The Phoenix' As It Is." Conference on Christianity and Literature, Southwest Region. Lubbock, Texas. September 26-8, 1991.

Academic Honors and Other Awards

  • Best Reference Source 2007, Library Journal, for “Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature.”
  • Rider Faculty Summer Fellowship, Rider U., 2011, 2004, 2001, 1995, 1994.
  • Research Leave. Rider U., 2010, 1998.
  • Katharine Newman Best Paper Award in 1994 Volume of MELUS, 1994. (for "Cross-Cultural Reading vs. Textual Accessibility in Multicultural Literature")
  • Robert A. Law Award for Outstanding Paper on Shakespeare, Conference of College Teachers of English, 1993. (for "Time as Chorus in Shakespeare's 'A Winter's Tale'")

Professional Services

For Rider Community

  • Instructor. 2002-2005. The University Studies Learning Community Project, Rider University. Participated in the experimental project by attending meetings, teaching a section, and planning activities.
  • Member. 2001-2003. Promotion and Tenure Committee, Rider University. Reviewed, discussed, and voted on promotion and tenure cases.
  • Coordinator, 2000-present. Multicultural Literature Outreach Project, Rider University. Contacted local high schools, conducted meetings, offered workshops on teaching multicultural literature.
  • Member (alternate). Grade Review Panel. 2001-present. Reviewed cases of grade appeal.
  • Member, University Theme Committee. 2000-present. Attended meetings in preparation for the program; incorporated the program into my CMP 120 and 125 sections.
  • Chair and Member. LASCAP. 1999-2001. Conducted bi-weekly meetings to process new course proposals and other businesses. Held faculty forums.
  • Writing and Core Council, Rider U. 1996-1999. Analyzed the current state of writing-support courses; volunteered to screen applications for course designation.
  • Appeals Committee, Rider U. 1996-1999. Read and voted on numerous cases of appeal.
  • Honors Council, Rider U. 1996-1999. Participated in meetings to discuss the founding of a new society and a new experimental college for honors students.
  • Freshman Experience, Rider U. Fall 1996. Participated in this new program organized by Residence Life by agreeing to teach freshman composition in the lounge of Poyda Hall; attended student gatherings afterwards.
  • Ad Hoc Committee on International Recruitment, Rider U. 1995-1996. Helped organize the committee; drafted an ad for Rider to be placed in a Korean newspaper; provided advice on how to approach international students.

For English Department

  • Chair and Member, Personnel Committee, English Department. 2000-2003.
  • Advisor to Writers’ Block, Literary Club of Rider. 1996-2002.
  • Technology Committee, English Department, Rider U. 1996-1999.
  • Member and Chair, Writing Committee, English Department, Rider U. 1994-1999.
  • Faculty Advisor, Sigma Tau Delta, Rider U. 1994-2002.
  • Faculty Advisor for Education-English Double Majors, Rider U. Fall 1993-present.

For Scholarly Community

  • Vice President, International Association of Comparative Korean Studies, 2009-2013
  • Vice President, Mirae English Language and Literature Society, 2008-2010.
  • Reader-Referee, MELUS, Fall 1993-Present. Evaluated numerous articles submitted to the journal.
  • Editorial Board. Studies in English Language and Literature. Published by Korean Association of English Language and Literature. 2003-present. Evaluated articles submitted to the journal.
  • Program Review Consultant. Salem County Community College, New Jersey. 2003. Reviewed the college’s humanities program; recommended changes.
  • Chair of Asian American Studies Sessions. European Association of American Studies. 1999-2000. Solicited and evaluated papers for the Asian American Studies sessions at the 2000 conference in Graz, Austria.
  • Chair, Intercultural Group Conference on the New Europe at the Crossroads, York, England, August 1997. Presented the speakers and led the discussion.