Dr Gregory Evon

Senior Lecturer
PhD, Australian National University
School of Humanities & Languages


9385 2492
233 Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Asian Cultural Studies, Korean Literature, Asian History, History of Ideas
Tags: Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society, Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture

Dr Gregory Evon completed his BA and MA in Korean and East Asian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington and then came to the Australian National University in 1995 in order to continue his PhD under Prof. Ken Wells. Since 2001 Greg has taught at the University of New South Wales where he is now a Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages and Linguistics.

Since 2000 he has published articles on the Buddhist literature of Han Yongun (1879-1944), on the classical poetry of Kim Sisup (1435-1493) and Yi Kyubo (1168-1241), as well as articles on premodern Korean literary and intellectual history. At present, he is working on a book on the role of Buddhism in the shift from classical to modern literature in Korea.

Select Publications

“The Current Situation of Korean Romanization in Australia and Oceania,” in 엄익상 ed., 한글 로마자표기법 해외사용실태 조사분석 보고서 (Seoul: Hanyang University), pp. 75-84.

"Uncovering Korean Textual and Literary Histories: A Critical Review of Recent Scholarship on Korea’s Literary Past,” International Review of Korean Studies 6(1), January-December 2009, pp. 155-186.

"The Conservation of Knowledge and the Technology of the Word in Korea,” Asian Studies Review 33(1), March 2009, pp. 1-19.

"Chinese Contexts, Korean Realities: The Politics of Literary Genre in Late Chosŏn (1392-1910) Korea,” East Asian History (32/33), December 2006/June 2007 [published 2008], pp. 57-82.

“중국문학사 관점에서 보는 조선후기 문학장르의 정치 양상—정약용의 ‘조선시선언’ 고찰 (The Political Aspects of Late Chosŏn Literary Genre as Seen from the Perspective of Chinese Literary History—An Examination of Chŏng Yagyong’s ‘Proclamation of Korean Poetry’),” 수행인문학 (The Journal of Performative Humanities) 38(1), 2008, pp. 137-147.

"한국역사에서의 ‘알파벳인쇄’ 문제 (The Riddle of Alphabetic Print in Korean History),” 한국학논집 43, May 2008, pp. 249-258.

"Brushes and Booze in the Poetry of Yi Kyubo (1168-1241),” The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia (Sydney University), 2004/2005, vol. 36-37, pp. 122-149.

"Remembering the Past, Condemned to the Present: The Imaginative Retreat of Kim Sisŭp (1435-1493),” International Review of Korean Studies (KAREC, The University of New South Wales), 2004, 1(1), pp. 49-81.

"Contestations over Korean Buddhist Identities: The ‘Introduction’ to the Kyŏnghŏjip,”, The Review of Korean Studies (The Academy of Korean Studies), vol. 4, no. 1, June 2001, pp. 11-33.

“Ghostly Voices and Their Avatar: Buddhist Resonances in Han Yongun’s Enlightenment Verse,” The Review of Korean Studies (The Academy of Korean Studies), vol. 3, no. 1, September 2000, pp. 93-122.

"Eroticism and Buddhism in Han Yongun’s Your Silence,” Korean Studies (Center for Korean Studies, University of Hawaii), vol. 24 (Winter,2000), pp. 25-52.


    Book Chapters

    • Evon G, 2019, 'Kim Sisŭp', in Silk JA (ed.), Brill's Encyclopedia of Buddhism Volume II, Lives, edn. Brill's Encylopedia of Buddhism, Handbook of Oriental Studies., Leiden and Boston, pp. 873 - 976, https://brill.com/view/title/23918?lang=en
    • Evon GN, 2018, 'Early Chosŏn Short Fiction', in Premodern Korean Literary Prose An Anthology, Columbia University Press, New York, pp. 41 - 65, https://cup.columbia.edu/book/premodern-korean-literary-prose/9780231165815
    • Evon GN, 2017, 'Korean Buddhist Historiography and the Legacies of Japanese Colonialism (1910-1945)', in Anderson E (ed.), BELIEF AND PRACTICE IN IMPERIAL JAPAN AND COLONIAL KOREA, edn. Religion and Society in Asia Pacific, SPRINGER-VERLAG SINGAPORE PTE LTD, pp. 39 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-1566-3_3
    • Evon GN, 2014, 'Buddhism and death in Kim Man-Jung's a nine cloud dream from fact to fiction, and nowhere back again', in Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife in Korea: Ancient to Contemporary Times, pp. 190 - 212

    Journal articles

    Conference Papers

    • Evon GN, 2011, 'Popular Religiosity and State Control: Rethinking the Foundations of Modern Korean Buddhism', in KSAA 7th Biennial Conference, KSAA and Korea Research Institute (KRI@UNSW), The University of New South Wales, pp. Paper No. PO17 (not pagin, presented at KSAA 7h Biennial Conference Sydney, Australia, The University of New South Wales, 16 - 18 November 2011
    • Evon GN, 2009, 'Constructing a Buddhist Imaginary in Colonial Korea (1910-1945)', in Global Korea: Old and New, The Korean Studies Association of Australasia, Universtiy of Sydney, Australia, presented at 6th Biennial Conference, Korean Studies Association of Australia, Universtiy of Sydney, Australia, 09 - 10 July 2009
    • Evon GN, 2007, 'The Spoken and Written Word in Korean History: A Preliminary Sketch', in 5th Biannual KSAA Conference, 5th Biannual KSAA Conference, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA, presented at 5th Biannual KSAA Conference, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA, 12 - 13 July 2007


    • Evon GN, 2010, "The Current Situation of Korean Romanization in Australia and Oceania", Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea

    Edited Books

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching areas include:

• Korean Culture and History
• Japanese Culture and History
• Comparative Korean and Japanese History
• East Asia

Courses taught include:

ARTS2211 - East Asia
ARTS2662 - Korea at a Glance
ARTS2633 - A Cultural Survey of Japan
ARTS3640 - Japan and Korea: Cultures in Conflicts

Engagement and Professional contributions

UNSW Korea Research Institute (KRI@UNSW)

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