Alex Yim

Wolf Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellow

20232024 Forum on Revolution

Alex Yim


CAS, 2025

Alex Yim (he/him) is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences from Orlando majoring in English. His primary research rests in postcolonialism, the theory of the novel, and the practice of literary criticism. Some related intellectual pursuits encompass the applications of the digital humanities to modernist and institutional studies. His current project examines the trope of the ‘Kubo’ figure in Korean modernist literature as an emblem against Japanese colonialism and westernization, an amalgam of several of his research interests—with an exploration in Korean culture and its trauma. Outside of the classroom, Alex is often trying local coffee shops, collecting rare first-edition books, or watching films at PFS.

Kubo: Korean Flâneurs as Anti-Colonial Artistic and Political Emblems

Park Taewon’s 1934 novella A Day in the Life of Kubo, the Novelist centers around Kubo, a freelance Korean writer, as he navigates his way around Seoul under Japanese Imperial rule. Park’s titular character Kubo drew influence from the French flâneur with his mannerisms and worldview, yet is distinct in his existence within Japanese hegemony. Thus, Kubo is emblematic of the anticolonial artistic and political revolution for Korean writers. My project will analyze a collection of oeuvres of Park and his fellow Circle of Nine Korean modernists, examining their multiple ‘Kubo’ archetypes in a conversation on colonial and global modernism. I characterize them as heirs to the Baudelarian flâneur and Joycean hero—yet uniquely distinct and revolutionary in their archetypal embodiment of the Colonial Artist.