Kyung Lee Gagum
Teaching Assistant Professor in German


2017, Ph.D., Transcultural German Studies, University of Arizona

Intellectual Biography & Awards

My research focuses on the transculturation of German literature in the Japanese and Korean visual popular literature of manga and manhwa, with a particular interest in how German Romanticism prompted the creation of new genre fusions with distinct educational goals in contemporary Japanese and Korean culture. I apply these research findings to my teaching, for instance by introducing manga as a multimodal literary form and as a means of integrating transculturality into a German language classroom. In my current project, I investigate the (mis)representation of Korean guest workers in South Korea and in Germany.

Recent Publications

“Coming Out and Coming Home.” In Transgender Studies Quarterly 4:2 (Special Issue: The Issue of Blackness). First appeared as “Coming-Out und Coming Home,” in Camilla Ridha et al., eds. 2016. Spiegelblicke: Perspektiven Schwarzer Bewegung in Deutschland (Looks in the Mirror: Perspectives of the Black Movement in Germany). Berlin: Orlanda Verlag. Translation of Tsepo Bollwinkel, from the German, 2017.

“Goethe’s Faust in a South Korean Manhwa The Tarot Café: Sang-Sun Park’s Critical Project,” in Germany and Korea, ed. Lee Roberts and Joanne Miyang Cho, Palgrave, (forthcoming Fall 2017).


Frequently Taught Courses

  • GERM 203: Intermediate German
  • GERM 204: Advanced Intermediate German

Dr. Gagum’s Upcoming Course Offerings