Bio


Dafna Zur is an Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University. She teaches courses on Korean literature, cinema, and popular culture. Her book, Figuring Korean Futures: Children’s Literature in Modern Korea (Stanford University Press, 2017), traces the affective investments and coded aspirations made possible by children’s literature in colonial and postcolonial Korea. She is working on a new project on moral education in science and literary youth magazines in postwar North and South Korea. She has published articles on North Korean science fiction, the Korean War in North and South Korean children’s literature, childhood in cinema, and Korean popular culture. Her translations of Korean fiction have appeared in wordwithoutborders.org, The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Short Stories, and the Asia Literary Review.

Academic Appointments


  • Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Administrative Appointments


  • Faculty Fellow, Stanford Ethics (2013 - 2014)
  • Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University (2012 - Present)
  • Lecturer, Department of Korean Literature, Keimyung University (2011 - 2012)
  • Language fellowship, Korea Foundation (1998 - 1999)

Honors & Awards


  • Graduate Studies Fellowship, Korea Foundation (2009 - 2010)
  • Outstanding Paper, Worldwide Consortium for Korean Studies, Hawai’i (2009)
  • Graduate studies scholarship, Korea Foundation (2006 - 2007)
  • Florence Tan Moesen Fellow, Library of Congress (2006)
  • Graduate studies scholarship, Korea Foundation (2005 - 2006)
  • 35th Korea Times Translation Award, First Place, Korea Times (2004)
  • New Translator Award, First Prize, Korean Literature Translation Institute (KLTI) (2004)
  • Translation Fellowship, ICF (2002 - 2004)
  • University Graduate Fellowship, UBC (2002 - 2004)
  • Graduate studies scholarship, Korea Foundation (2001 - 2002)
  • Language scholarship, KLI, Yonsei University (1994)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member, Luce Scholars Program Fellowship Selection Committee (2013 - 2013)
  • Stanford Pre-major Advising, Stanford University (2013 - 2014)
  • Reviewer, Seoul Journal of Korean Studies
  • Reviewer, Journal of Korean Studies
  • Reviewer, Acta Koreana
  • Reviewer, Cornell UP
  • Graduate fellowships committee, AY 13-14 fellowships, Stanford University (2013 - 2014)

Program Affiliations


  • Center for East Asian Studies

Professional Education


  • B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Asian Studies and General Studies (1998)
  • M.A., The University of British Columbia, Asian Studies (2002)
  • Ph.D., The University of British Columbia, Asian Studies (2011)

Stanford Advisees


  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Hajin Jun
  • Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor
    Luke Waring
  • Orals Evaluator
    Hajin Jun

All Publications


  • Fantasy, the Final Frontier: Making Science Moral in Postwar North Korean Youth Culture JOURNAL OF KOREAN STUDIES Zur, D. 2018; 23 (2): 275–98
  • Science and Literature in Korea: An Introduction JOURNAL OF KOREAN STUDIES Zur, D., Hanscom, C. P. 2018; 23 (2): 213–22
  • Writing the Real: Modernism in Korean Literature Modernism/Modernity Zur, D. 2018; 24 (2): 407-414

    View details for DOI 10.1353/mod.2018.0025

  • You Can't Write "Pak" on Television: Language as Power in Hebrew K-pop Fandom Telos Zur, D. 2018; 184 (Fall 2018): 139-162

    View details for DOI 10.3817/0918184139

  • MODERN KOREAN LITERATURE AND CULTURAL IDENTITY IN A PRE- AND POST-COLONIAL DIGITAL AGE ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF KOREAN CULTURE AND SOCIETY Zur, D., Kim, Y. 2017: 193–205
  • Landscape of the heart in Homeless Angels and Hometown of the Heart Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema Zur, D. 2015; 7 (1): 10-27

    View details for DOI 10.1080/17564905

  • Let's Go to the Moon: Science Fiction in the North Korean Children's Magazine Adong Munhak, 1956-1965 JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES Zur, D. 2014; 73 (2): 327-351
  • Whose War Were We Fighting? Constructing Memory and Managing Trauma in South Korean Children's Fiction INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH IN CHILDRENS LITERATURE Zur, D. 2009; 2 (2): 192-209
  • ECOAMBIGUITY: Environmental Crises and East Asian Literatures (Book Review) PACIFIC AFFAIRS Book Review Authored by: Zur, D. 2013; 86 (4): 888-889
  • Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea. (Book Review) ACTA KOREANA Book Review Authored by: Zur, D. 2013; 16 (1): 269-272
  • Off to the Battle at Dawn Bang, H. edited by Zur, D., Son-jae, A. Seoul: Asia Publishers. 2013
  • Ice Cream The Asia Literary Review Yǒngha, K. 2012; 23
  • The Sky Azaleas: Journal of Korean Literature and Culture Tǒk, H. edited by Zur, D., McCann, D. Harvard University Press. 2012
  • Children’s Literature in Late Colonial Korea Azaleas: Journal of Korean Literature and Culture Zur, D. 2012; 5: 347-353
  • The Korean War in Children’s Picturebooks of the DPRK Exploring North Korean Arts Zur, D. Nuremberg: Verlag für moderne Kunst. 2011: 276–298
  • The Pager Waxen Wings: The Acta Koreana Anthology of Short Fiction From Korea Yǒngha, K. edited by Zur, D., Fulton, B. St.Paul: Koryo Press. 2011: 143–160
  • Representations of the Korean War in North and South Korean Children’s Literature Korea 2010: Politics, Economy, Society Zur, D. 2010: 271–300
  • The Toad Groom: Folk Tales from Old Korea Chǒng’o, S. edited by Zur, D. Bo-Leaf Press (USA). 2008
  • Human Decency Acta Koreana Zur, D. 2008; 11 (3): 235-239
  • Reading Korea: An Anthology of Modern Korean Literature Zur, D. edited by Zur, D. Anvil Press (Philippians). 2008
  • This Tree of Yours Azaleas: Journal of Korean Literature and Culture Yǒngha, K. edited by Zur, D., McCann, D. Harvard University Press. 2007: 9–36
  • Their Last Visitor Azaleas: Journal of Korean Literature and Culture Yǒngha, K. edited by Zur, D., McCann, D. Harvard University Press. 2007: 9–36
  • The Man Who Sold His Shadow Korean Literature Today Yǒngha, K. 2005: 102-124
  • Travel Across Time: Modern ‘Rewrites’ of Pak Chiwǒn’s Yǒrha Ilgi Acta Koreana Zur, D. 2005; 8 (2): 49-64
  • Lizard Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Short Stories Yǒngha, K. edited by Zur, D. Columbia University Press. 2005: 371–382