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Division of General Studies
Saera Yoon

Associate Professor / UNIST


Saera Yoon
Associate Professor

Office: TMB 401-5
Phone: 052-217-2012
Email: [email protected]

Professor Yoon majored in Russian literature at university, since she thought it was the greatest literature of the world. A Dostoevsky fanatic, she wished to read him in his original language. Her dream came true in Moscow on study abroad in her senior year, as she read Crime and Punishment cover to cover in Russian, albeit with the assistance of a dictionary or a tutor alongside.

She continued to study Russian literature after graduation from Korea University. Even though she spent the best time of her life in Moscow, she decided to pursue her doctorate degree in the U.S. She figured that the U.S. would provide a graduate program better suited to her.

Professor Yoon received her Ph.D. in Russian literature from Indiana University Bloomington. She specializes in Russian literature of the nineteenth century, Russian culture, film, and comparative literature. Her favorite works of literature are Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov and Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Among Korean writers, she loves Kim Yeon Soo and Han Gang.

Professor Yoon has written articles on various topics of Russian literature and writers, such as Nikolai Gogol, Nikolai Karamzin, and Alexandr Pushkin, largely in the context of national identity. Often being a foreigner and/or minority, she is always interested in the ways as to how one’s personal identity is shaped vis-a-vis national ideology.

Her latest research paper on Pushkin has been published in Russian Literature in April 2013. Since she translated Anna Karenina, Professor Yoon expands the scope of her research to Tolstoy. Other than professional activities, she enjoys swimming, yoga, watching men’s tennis, and exploring the streets and restaurants of Tokyo. She also adores Kim Ki-duk, Woody Allen, and Akira Kurosawa.


Ph. D. Indiana University, Bloomington, 2004
Slavic Languages and Literatures
Major Field: 19th century Russian literature
Minor Field: Comparative Literature
Dissertation: Mythical Imagination in Historical Fiction: Pushkin, Lermontov and Gogol
Advisor: Dr. Andrew R. Durkin

M.A. Indiana University, Bloomington, 1998
Slavic Languages and Literatures

M.A. Korea University, Seoul, Korea 1995
Russian Literature

B.A. Korea University, Seoul, Korea 1993
Russian Language and Literature

Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
International Student Exchange Program, 1992


Associate Professor, UNIST, 2013-present

Assistant Professor, UNIST, 2009-2012

Research Professor, Daejeon University, 2008

Post-Doc, Korea University, 2007-2008

Visiting Assistant Professor, DePauw University, 2005-2006

Associate Instructor, Slavic Department, Indiana University, Spring 2004

Grader for Russian Literature, Fall 2004 and Spring 2005

Course Assistant, Indiana University, Spring 2004

Russian Cinema, taught by Prof. Dodona Kiziria

Future Faculty Teaching Fellow, DePauw University, Indiana, Spring and Fall 2003

Associate Instructor, Slavic Department, Indiana University, 1998-2002

Instructor, Summer Workshop of Slavic and East European Languages (SWSEEL), 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006



Research Papers (selected):
“Myth(s) of Creation: Pushkin’s The Blackamoor of Peter the Great,” Russian Literature 73 (2013): 467-491.

“Identity and Politics: Film Adaptation of Taras Bulba,” The Journal of Slavic Studies 27. 2 (2012): 79-103.

“More than Epilogue: Part Eight of Anna Karenina Revisited,” Rusistika 38 (2011): 7-39.

“The Portrait of an Artist: the Comparison of ‘The Portrait’ by Nikolai Gogol,” Rusistika 35 (2010): 121-145.

“From Natal’ia to Marfa: Evolution of Karamzin’s Historical Fiction,” Korean Journal of Russian Language and Literature 21.4 (2009): 473-494.

“Space for Woman in Tret’ia Meshchanskaia,” Journal of Slavic Studies 23.1 (2008): 147-168.

“In Search of Traces of ‘Poor Liza’: Pushkin’s The Belkin Tales,” Rusistika 24 (2007): 59-80.

Book Review on The Life of a Russian Woman Doctor: A Siberian Memoir, 1869-1954. by Anna Bek. Slavic and East European Journal 50 (2006).

“Transformation of a Ukrainian Cossack into a Russian Warrior: Gogol’s 1842 Taras Bul’ba,” Slavic and East European Journal 49.3 (2005): 430-444.


“Alexander Nevsky Revisited in 2003: Film Screening with a Live Performance,” Slavic and East European Performance 24.2 (2004): 66-71.

“Communion or Camouflage: Food and Focal Locales in Anna Karenina,” Studies in Slavic Cultures 2 (2001): 135-50.


Book Chapter:
“Is Gogol Modern?,” Gogol and Today. Seoul: Korea University Press, 2009. 118-144.

Book Translation:
Lev Tolstoy, Anna Karenina in three volumes. Seoul: Penguin Classic Korea, 2011.


after a special lecture by Ahn Do Hyun in fall 2012

Literature and Creativity

“the ultimate value of our lives is decided
not by how we win but by how we lose.”
Ernest Hemingway

This course aims at looking into the dynamic relationship between literature and creativity. In this class we will deal with diverse themes to investigate ways in which the notion of creativity becomes engaged in knowledge production of our culture and society. Through close reading of selected works of literature, this course is designed to help students better understand human nature irrespective of time and space constraints. All of the selected works (both Western and Asian) are intended to facilitate students’ creative reasoning in critiquing various aspects of human life such as cognition, science, gender, and moral issues. Therefore, independent and critical thinking, along with active participation in discussion, will be strongly encouraged.

Saera Yoon