Josephine Park


Professor of English and Undergraduate Chair


Fisher-Bennett Hall 129
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6299

Josephine Park is a member of the faculty steering committee of the Asian American Studies Program, and she specializes in twentieth-century American literature and culture, with an emphasis on American Orientalism and Asian American literature. She is the author Apparitions of Asia: Modernist Form and Asian American Poetics (Oxford 2008), which reads a modern history of American literary alliances with East Asia and was awarded the Literary Book Award by the Association for Asian American Studies, and Cold War Friendships: Korea, Vietnam, and Asian American Literature (Oxford 2016), which examines Asian American subjectivities shaped by wartime alliances in Korea and Vietnam. She is the co-editor (with Paul Stasi) of Ezra Pound in the Present: Essays on Pound's Contemporaneity (Bloomsbury 2016). Her teaching interests include minority literature, American poetry, theories of race and subject formation, modernism, and cold war cultural studies.


2019 Ira Abrams Award for Distinguished Teaching

2018 David Delaura Teaching Award, Sponsored by the English Undergraduate Advisory Board

2006 David Delaura Teaching Award, Sponsored by the English Undergraduate Advisory Board

2005 Kahn Award for Outstanding Teaching by an Assistant Professor

Office Hours
Wednesday 10:00 am -12:00 pm & Friday 1:00-3:00 pm Please use this link to schedule an appointment:

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (Comparative Literature). 2003

Courses Taught

Asian-American Literature  

Race and Asian American Literature  

American Modernist Poetry  


Poetry and Poetics  

American Poetry  

1950s America  

Modern American Poetry  

Poetry and Poetics: Lyric Forms  

The Asian American Subject  

War and Asian America  

Poetics: Modernism and the Orient  

Cold War America  

Topics in Asian American Literature: Asians in Hollywood  

Asian American Literature of War  

Introduction to Asian-American Literature: Asian American Narratives  

Poetics: Modernism and the Orient  

Asian American Literature and the Pacific Wars  

Race and Asian America  

Theorizing Race and Ethnicity  

 How to Tell an Asian American Story  

Topics in American Poetry: The American Line 

The Twentieth Century Poetry 

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