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A KOREAN SCHOLAR'S INTERNATIONALLY MINDED POETRY
literature, Kooseul Kim, offers her own evocative renderings of her award-winning work, making deft
use of the language of authors central to her thought and distinguished career.
A longtime professor and dean at Seoul's Hyupsung University, Kooseul Kim has promoted literary
culture as a contributor to Korean and international academic and arts organizations, in tandem with
her creative and research activity.
Formerly serving as president, and still as an advisor, for the T.S. Eliot Society of Korea, Kooseul
Kim has written extensively on the Anglo-American poet, in addition to many other publications on
Western and Eastern literature and authors.
Her Lost Alleys unfolds as a conversation with her country's and the world's literary heritage. Like
Eliot, the poet celebrates and scrutinizes civilization, while also exploring facets of memory and
Kooseul Kim's work encourages fresh encounters with Eliot and other writers. She provocatively
invokes the legacy of antiquity, and strikingly engages with authors such as Dante and George
Orwell, as well as Korean classics like Yu Chiwhan and Buddhist poet-monk Kim Daljin.
The "alleys" in Kooseul Kim's new book originate in her experience, since childhood, of the South
Korean capital's labyrinths of old backstreets. Navigating these winding alleys, she implies, provided
early training for her future calling in the mazes of language and literature.
Lost Alleys embraces the discipline of working through the puzzles of learning, whether formally or
in life lessons. Humble challenges, these poems suggest, lead to subtly meaningful treasures.
Lost Alleys' poems offer unconventional guidance for the self and society. In a millennium often in a
rush for quick answers, Kooseul Kim provides a reminder of the redemptive power of a carefully
cultivated heart and mind. Her writing draws discerningly on wisdom spanning East and West,
suggesting new possibilities for tending to the world of the everyday.
The book is translated by Professor Kooseul Kim. Editorial advisor James Manteith introduces the
The ISBN number for the paperback edition of the book is 978-0-939378-07-4
She is a poet and Professor Emeritus of English Literature at Hyupsung University. She earned a
Ph.D in English literature from Korea University. At Hyupsung University, she served as Dean of the
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as Dean of the Graduate School of Education
and Art. She has been a Visiting Scholar at UCLA.
In 2019, she received an insignia from the Vietnam Writers’ Association for supporting Vietnam’s
literature and arts. She earned the 2018 Hongjae Literary Grand Prize (named in honor of the 22nd
king of Korea's Chosun Dynasty) and the 2018 Suwon Literary Prize.
She is currently the Changwon KC International Literary Prize's Review Committee Chair and
Organizing Committee Vice Chair. She also contributes the "Kim Kooseul Column" to Kyunggi
Newspaper and provides English translations of Korean poetry for the quarterly Suwon Literature.
She is Advisor and Vice President for the Society of East-West Comparative Literature, as well as
Advisor for the T.S. Eliot Society of Korea, for which she has also served as President. She has
been the President of the Baeksong Literary Society.
As a poet and a scholar of English literature, she has produced a considerable body of literary
work, including Lost Alleys; 21st T.S. Eliot; T.S. Eliot’s Poetry, Society, Art; Complete Poetry of W.B.
Yeats; Understanding Modern English Poetry; and T.S. Eliot and the Philosophy of F.H. Bradley.
Her poems have been translated into several languages, including English, Japanese, Romanian