Professor 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 [email protected]. 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

  • “Cross-Cultural Narrative Interventions by Ha Jin, Junot Diaz and Uwem Akpan.” English Language and Literature 61.3 (2015): 415-32.
  • “Telling a Korean Story: A Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim.” Storytelling: An Interdisciplinary Journal 2.1. (2015): 15-27.
  • “Reading Class in Chaucer’s ‘The Merchant’s Tale.’” The Journal of Classic and English Renaissance Literature 22.2 (Autumn 2013): 33-49.
  • “Aaron’s Racialized Body in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.” The Journal of Mirae English Language and Literature Society 17.1 (April 2012): 1-24.
  • “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.