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Duncan Yoon

Assistant Professor
(212) 992-7751
1 Wash Pl, Room 615

Office Hours
Monday 1:45-3:15
Tuesday 3:30-6

B.A. English & French, DePauw University, 2004
M.A. Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College, 2007
Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, 2014

Duncan M. Yoon’s current book examines representations of China in African literature. Additional research interests are globalization, narrative theory, the Cold War, postcolonialism, diaspora, and world literature. Publications include: “Our Forces Have Redoubled: World Literature, Postcolonialism and the Afro-Asian Writers Bureau,” (2015) in The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry; “Bandung Nostalgia and the Global South,” in the edited volume The Global South and Literature (Cambridge, 2018); "Cold War Creolization: Ousmane Sembène’s Le Dernier de L’empire," which is forthcoming in Research in African Literatures; and "Africa, China, and the Global South Novel: In Koli Jean Bofane's Congo Inc.," which is forthcoming from Comparative Literature. He is the co-director of The Global South Project at Cornell University and is completing a digital humanities project on the Heinemann African Writers Series. He is also an executive committee member for the Modern Language Association's (MLA) forum African Literature to 1990. Pedagogically, he is interested in the intersections between digital technology and critical thought. Yoon has an MA from Dartmouth College and a PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA. Before coming to Gallatin, he was an assistant professor of postcolonial literature at the University of Alabama. His research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council and the Mellon Foundation. He served as a Fulbright Scholar to South Korea in 2004. In 2017 the Library of Congress awarded him a Kluge Fellowship for his research project, "Africa Writes China: Literature and Globalization." He is on leave for the academic year 2018-2019.

Teaching and Research Interests

Africa and China; postcolonialism; globalization; narrative theory; the Global South; the Cold War; diaspora; critical theory; digital humanities; world literature

Recent News


Duncan Yoon contributed “Africa, China, and the Global South Novel: In Koli JeanBofane’s Congo Inc.” to the 2019 issue of Comparative Literature and “Cold War Creolization: Ousmane Sembène’s Le Dernier de l’empire” to a 2019 issue of Research in African Literatures.  

Duncan Yoon