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Dr Ruth Barraclough

BA (Hons) (UQ) PhD (ANU)
Senior Lecturer, School of Culture, History & Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality 200205
  • Asian History 210302
  • Historical Studies 2103
  • Literary Studies 2005
  • Biography 210304
  • Korean Literature 200521

Research interests

I have broad interests in labour history, capitalism, gender studies, literature and literary translation, and biography. My book Factory Girl Literature: Sexuality, Violence and Representation in Industrializing Korea (University of California Press, 2012),  explores the factory girl in Korean literature from the 1920s to the 1990s, showing the complex ways in which she has embodied the sexual and class violence of industrial life. An earlier collective book project: Gender and Labour in Korea and Japan: Sexing Class, co-edited with Elyssa Faison, came out with Routledge in 2009. My book Red Love Across the Pacific, co-edited with Paula Rabinowitz and Heather Bowen-Struyk, was published by Palgrave in 2015. In July 2017 my book Factory Girl Literature translated by Professors Kim Won and Jiseung Roh was published in Korea by Humanitas Press.




I received my PhD in East Asian Studies from the ANU in 2004. In 2004-5 I was postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Japanese and Korean Studies at the University of Sydney and in 2006-7 I was Visiting Assistant Professor in the History Department at the University of Minnesota. I came to the ANU in 2007.

Researcher's projects

My current book project is Red Glamour: Korea's Early Communist Women

My book North Korean Culture co-edited with Professor Charles Armstrong and with contributions from a range of distinguished scholars is under contract with Columbia University Press.

I am working with the MLA to produce an anthology of translated modern Korean fiction on the theme of gender and labour. My co-author is Profesor Jiseung Roh.

My interview with ABC radio on the recent political crisis in South Korea may be found here:



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