Prof. Dr. Marion Eggert

Chair of Department of Korean Studies

Room: MB 3.133
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-25572
Office hours: by appointment

Marion Eggert
Marion Eggert

She is currently professor at, and chair of, the Korean Studies department at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. She studied Sinology, Japanology and Cultural Anthropology at the universities of Heidelberg and Munich in Germany and at Nanjing University in China. During another year as an exchange student at Sŏnggyun'gwan University, Seoul, she began her studies in Korean history of ideas. Having earned both M.A. (1989) and PhD (1992) in Chinese literature at Munich University, she spent a year as post-doctoral fellow at Harvard's Korea Institute (1994-95). In 1998 she earned the venia legendi (professorship qualification) for Chinese and Korean Studies at Munich University.

Posts (selection)

  • since 1999 chair/full professor, Korean Studies at Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 2019 elected member of Academia Europaea
  • 2019 – 2023 President of AKSE (Association for Korean Studies in Europe)


  • 1991 First prize in translation, Korean Culture and Arts Foundation, Seoul
  • 1996 Max-Weber Award, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities), Munich
  • Cultural transfer and knowledge circulation, especially between Korea and China/Korea and Europe
  • Cultures of dissent, political participation and patterns of argument in pre-modern Korea
  • Literary devices, linguistic registers, and the relationship of ethics and aesthetics in Korean written culture


  • (with Eun-Jeung Lee, Vladimir Tikhonov): Intellectuals In Between. Koreans in a Changing World, 1850-1945. Frankfurt Peter Lang, 2022.
  • (with Jörg Plassen): Kleine Geschichte Koreas (A short history of Korea). Munich: C.H.Beck Verlag, 2005, revised edition 2017.
  • (trl. and ed., with Hanju Yang and Mathias Göritz): Yisang: Mogelperspektive. Gedichte. (Blurred.eye view. Poems by Yisang). Graz: Literaturverlag Droschl, 2005.
  • Vom Sinn des Reisens. Chinesische Reiseschriften vom 16. bis zum frühen 19. Jahrhundert (The meaning of travel. Chinese travel writing, 16th to early 19th century). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2004.
  • (with Wolfgang Kubin and Rolf Trauzettel): Die klassische chinesische Prosa. Reisebericht, Essay, Skizzen. Geschichte der chinesischen Literatur, hg. von Wolfgang Kubin, Bd. 4 (Premodern Chinese Prose. Travelogues, essays, miniatures. History of Chinese Literature, ed. by Wolfgang Kubin, vol. 4). Munich: K. G. Saur, 2003.
  • Rede vom Traum. Traumauffassungen der Literatenschicht im späten kaiserlichen China (Speaking of dreams. Dream concepts of Late Imperial China's intellectual elite). Stuttgart: Steiner, 1993.
  • (trl. and ed.) Wind und Gras. Moderne koreanische Lyrik (Wind and grass. An anthology of modern Korean poetry). Munich: Christian Rohr, 1991. Rpt. Munich: dtv Verlag, 2005.
  • Nur wir Dichter. Yuan Mei: Eine Dichtungstheorie des 18. Jahrhunderts zwischen Selbstbehauptung und Konvention (We, the poets. Yuan Mei's poetological thought between conformism and self-affirmation). Bochum: Brockmeyer, 1989.

Edited Volumes/special issues

  • Transcoding and Code-Switching in Korea. Thematic Focus of Bochumer Jahrbuch für Ostasienwissenschaften (BJOAF) 43, 2020.
  • (with Björn Bentlage, Hans Martin Krämer, Stefan Reichmuth): Religious dynamics under the impact of imperialism and colonialism. A sourcebook. Leiden: Brill (Numen Book Series) 2016.
  • (with Florian Pölking): Integration Processes in the Circulation of Knowledge. Cases from Korea. Frankfurt u.a.: Peter Lang, 2016.
  • (with Eun-jeung Lee): Circulation of Knowledge and the Dynamics of Transformation. Cases from Korea, Frankfurt u.a.: Peter Lang, 2016.
  • (with Felix Siegmund, Dennis Würthner): Space and Location in the Circulation of Knowledge. Korea and Beyond (1400-1800), Frankfurt u.a.: Peter Lang, 2014.
  • (with Lucian Hölscher): Religion and Secularity. Transformations and Transfers of Religious Discourses in Europe and Asia. Leiden: Brill, 2013
  • Travels in and out of Pre-modern Korea. Thematic Focus of Bochumer Jahrbuch für Ostasienwissenschaften (BJOAF) 36, 2012.
  • (with Jörg Plassen): The Politics of Cultural Status: Ancient and Modern Reflections on Korea's Role in East Asia. Thematic Focus of Bochumer Jahrbuch für Ostasienwissenschaften (BJOAF) 27, 2003.

Articles and Contributions

  • (with Elsa Küppers): „Metaphorical Figurations of Transcendence in 16th Century Literati Gasa”, in: The Review of Korean Studies 26/2, 2023, 9-44.
  • „Programmatik der Ähnlichkeit in Lyrik und Poetik der koreanischen Dichterin Kim Hye-soon“, in: Nikolas Immer, Frank Kraushaar, Henrieke Stahl (eds.): Ähnlichkeit in Lyrik und Poetik der Gegenwart. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2023, 187-202.
  • „Traditional Resources for Integrating New Knowledge in Korean Confucianism. The Cases of Yi Ik (1681-1763) and Yi Chinsang (1818-1886)”, in: Interface 20, 2023, 168-180 (Part of: M.E., Gregor Paul, Heiner Roetz: „Innovation With and Against Tradition. Examples from Chinese, Korean and Japanese Confucianism”, 157-195.
  • „Language use and language discourse in Pak Chiwŏn's Yŏrha ilgi.” In: Ross King, ed. Cosmopolitan and Vernacular in the World of Wen 文. Leiden: Brill, 2023, 471-505.
  • „A New Place in the World: Ch’oe Han-gi’s (1803-1875) Encyclopaedic Endeavour for Epistemic Restructuring”, in: M.E., Eun-Jeung Lee, Vladimir Tikhonov: Intellectuals In Between. Koreans in a Changing World, 1850-1945. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2022, 15-33.
  •  „Seeking for Agency in Troubled Times: Pak Ŭn-sik”, in: M.E., Eun-Jeung Lee, Vladimir Tikhonov: Intellectuals In Between. Koreans in a Changing World, 1850-1945. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2022, 35-61.
  • (with Heiner Roetz): „Practicing Forgiveness in Chosŏn Korea. With Some Observations on Confucian Normative Discourse”, in: Maria-Sybilla Lotter, Saskia Fischer, eds., Guilt, Forgiveness, and Moral Repair. A cross-cultural Comparison, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, 249-284.
  • „Schwalbenflug in Gedichten von Li Bai und Chasper Po“, in: Mathias Gredig eds., Der doppelte Po und die Musik. Rätoromanisch-chinesische Studien, besonders zu Li Po, Harry Partch und Chasper Po. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2021, 137-146.
  • „Transcoding and Code-Switching in Korea: From Linguistic to Cultural Practice”, BJOAF 43, 2020, 5-14.
  • „The Politics of Remembrance and Remembrance of Politics in Yisang’s Poetry”, ASIEN 154/155, Januar/April 2020, 53-65.
  • „Narrating Dissent in Joseon Literati Discourse”, Review of Korean Studies 22/2, 2019, 207-232.
  • „Yeorha Ilgi as a Korean Classic”, Korean Literature Now 46, Winter 2019, 58-61.
  • „Notions of Future in 19th Century Korea”, BJOAF 41, 2018, 167-189.
  • „Dreaming about the Dead in Premodern Korea (17th – 19th ct.)”, Extrême-Orient, Extrême-Occident 42, 2018, 43-72.
  • „Beyond Prognostication. Future in Sinic Dream Explications”, in: Bernard Dieterle, Manfred Engel, eds., Theorizing the Dream/Savoir et théories du rêve. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann 2018, 59-75.
  • „Failed Missions in Early Korean Encounters with ’Western Learning’”. In: Ralf Hertel, ed. Early Encounters between East Asia and Europe: Telling Failures. Ashgate, 2017, 87-100.
  • „Knowledge trans/formations and imagination: The case of 'records of records' in Yŏrha ilgi.“ Horizons 7/1 (Seoul National University), June 2016, 29-44.
  • „Pak Chiwŏn, Ch'oe Han'gi and early modern transformations of conceptions of knowledge in Korea.“ In: M.E, Eun-Jeung Lee, eds: Circulation of Knowledge and the Dynamics of Transformation.Cases from Korea, Frankfurt u.a.: Peter Lang, 2016, 17-45.
  • „Humanity in Animal Relationships: Glimpses from the Korean Literary Tradition“, in BJOAF 38/ 2015, 449-460.
  • „Text and orality in the early reception of Western Learning within the Namin faction. The case of Sin Hudam's Kimunp'yŏn“, in: ME, Felix Siegmund, Dennis Würthner, eds.: Space and Locality in the Circulation of Knowledge. Korea and Beyond (1400-1800), Frankfurt u.a.: Peter Lang, 2014, 141-159.
  • „Fluidity of belonging and creative appropriation: Authorship and translation in an early sinic song („Kongmudoha ka“ 公無渡河歌)”, in: Christian Schwermann, Raji Christian Steineck, eds.: Asian Authorship before Modernity: Forms, Functions, Concepts, Leiden: Brill, 2014, 159-180.
  • „Methodological issues in using Chosŏn travelogues as a historical source: the question of factuality“, BJOAF 36/2012, 11-25.
  • „'Western Learning' and the epistemic place of religion in early modern Korea (18th to 19th century)“, RELIGION vol 42/2, 2012, 299-318 (special issue „Dynamics in the History of Religions: Religious Contacts in Past and Present Times“, guest editor: Volkhard Krech)
  • „Shrinking World, Expanding Religion? The Dynamics of Religious Interaction in the Times of Colonialism and Globalization”, in: Volkhard Krech, Marion Steinicke, eds., Dynamics in the History of Religions, Leiden: Brill, 2011, 387-395. Türkische Übersetzung: „Dünya Küçülürken Din Genişliyor Mu? Kolonyalizm ve Küreselleşme Döneminde Dini Etkileşimin Dinamikleri”. Çev. Talha Fortacı. BAİD (Balıkesir İlahiyat Dergisi - Balıkesir Theology Journal) 17, 2023, 379-389.
  • „'Östliche Weisheit' versus 'Westliche Wissenschaft' im Korea des 18. und 19. Jh.”, in: Harald Schwaetzer, Henrieke Stahl, eds.: Weisheit – Brücke der Kulturen. Coincidentia. Zeitschrift für Europäische Geistesgeschichte 2/1, 2011, 271-292.
  • „The Art of Quoting in Pak Chiwŏn's Writings”, in: Studia Orientalia Slovaca IX, 2010, 1101-1111.
  • „Reisen als Sprachgeschehen in der chinesischen und koreanischen Literatur (17.-18. Jh.)“, in: Achim Hölter, Monika Schmitz-Emans, eds., Wortgeburten. Zu Ehren von Karl Maurer, Heidelberg: Synchron, 2009.
  • „Vom Werden einer Metropole: Peking in koreanischen Reiseberichten des 15.-19. Jh.“, in: Felicitas Schmieder, Klaus Herbers, ed., Venedig im Schnittpunkt der Kulturen. Außen- und Innensichten europäischer und nichteuropäischer Reisender im Vergleich, Rom: Storia e letteratura, 2008, 225-241.
  • „Selbstbestimmung und Selbstentgrenzung: koreanische Reiseberichte der Gegenwart“, in: Michael Lackner ed, Zwischen Selbstbestimmung und Selbstbehauptung. Ostasiatische Diskurse des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2008.
  • „Der Traum auf Reisen. Entgrenzungen von Selbst und Raum in koreanischer und chinesischer Reiseliteratur“, in: Andreas Baehr, Peter Burschel, Gabriele Jancke, eds., Räume des Selbst. Transkulturelle Perspektiven der Selbstzeugnisforschung - Spacing the Self: Transcultural Perspectives on Self-Narratives, Köln/Weimar/Wien: Böhlau, 2007, 301-310.
  • „Frauen – bewegt: Reiseliteratur koreanischer Frauen der Chosŏn-Zeit“, in: Dorothee Schaab-Hanke, Judith Arokay, eds.: Auf anderen Wegen? Bemerkenswerte Frauen in Ost- und Südostasien, Gossenberg: Ostasien Verlag (Hamburger Sinologische Schriften), 2007, 100-118.
  • (with Phillan Joung) „The Cloning Debate in South Korea“, in: Heiner Roetz, ed.,  Cross-Cultural Issues in Bioethics: The Example of Human Cloning, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2005, 155-178.
  • „Ideology and truth claims in Korean historiography of the 'empiricist school'”, in: Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer, Achim Mittag, Jörn Rüsen, eds.: Historical Truth, Historical Criticism and Ideology. Chinese Historiography and Historical Culture from a New Comparative Perspective. Leiden: Brill 2005, 405-420.
  • „Dramatic Art and Performativity in Pak Chiwŏn's Yŏrha ilgi“, in: Stanca Scholz-Cionca, Robert Borgen, eds.: Performing Cultures in East Asia: China, Korea, Japan. Asiatische Studien/ Etudes Asiatiques LVIII /3, 2004, 613-629.
  • „Discovered Other, Recovered Self: Layers of Representation in an Early Travelogue on the West (Xihai jiyou cao, 1849)“, in: Journeys, 2004, 73-99. Rpt. in: Joshua A. Fogel, ed., Traditions of East Asian Travel, New York: Berghahn Books, 2006, 70-96.
  • „’Abhängige Entwicklung’ oder ‚eigenständige Moderne’? Zu den Ursprüngen des koreanischen Prosagedichts“, in: Cristian Szyska, Friederike Pannewick, eds.: Crossings and passages in genre and culture, Wiesbaden: Reichert-Verlag, 2003, 41-52.
  • „Das ‘Aufsuchen von Landschaften (kugyŏng)’: Elemente einer Poetik des vormodernen koreanischen Reiseberichts“, in: Xenia v. Ertzdorff-Kupffer, Hg., Erkundung und Beschreibung der Welt. Zur Poetik der Reise- und Länderberichte, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2003, 541-556.
  •  „P’ungsu: Korean Geomancy in Traditional Intellectual Perspective“, in: BJOAF 26, 2002, 243-257.
  •  „Yijing Cosmology in Kuunmong”, in: Embracing the Other: The Interaction of Kroean and Foreign Cultures. Proceedings of the 1st World Congress of Korean Studies. Sôngnam: Academy of Korean Studies, 2002, 213-218.
  • „Vom Schweigen des Übersetzers beim Übersetzen des ‚Schweigens’“, in: Korea Forum XI/1, Juni 2001, 42-45.
  • „Art and politics: the political dimension in Ming-Qing youji writing”, in: Rudolphus Teeuwen and Shu-li Chang, eds.: Crossings: Travel, Art, Literature,  Politics. Taipei: Bookman Books, 2001, 167-187.
  • „Transcendent, transgressive, expressive: games and playing in premodern Chinese culture”, in: Anders Hansson, ed.: The Chinese at Play. Festivals, Games, and Leisure. London: Kegan Paul, 2001.
  • „Das Wahre und die Schöne: Zum autobiographischen Element in chinesischer und koreanischer Reiseliteratur“, in: Christina Neder, Heiner Roetz, Susanne Schilling, eds.: China in seinen biographischen Dimensionen. Gedenkschrift für Helmut Martin, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2001, 91-103.
  • „Mauer-Fall: Zur Poetik früher chinesischer Berichte von Reisen in den Westen“, in: Xenia v. Ertzdorff-Kupffer, Hg., Beschreibung der Welt. Zur Poetik der Reise- und Länderberichte, Chloe: Beiheft zum Daphnis, Amsterdam 2000, 79-496
  • „The Balance of Words: The Sŏp'o manp'il on language and literature“, in: Nelly Naumann, ed., Language and Literature: Japanese and the Other Altaic Languages (Festschrift für Roy Miller), 1999, 67-90
  • „Views of the Country, Visions of Self: Chosŏn Dynasty Travel Records on Chiri-san and Paektu-san“, in: Asiatische Studien 4, 1998, 1069-1102.
  • „Vom schwierigen Glück. Vier zeitgenössische Erzählungen aus China und Korea im Vergleich“, in: R. Findeisen, R. Gassmann, Hg., Autumn Floods. Essays in Honour of Marián Gálik, Frankfurt a.M. (Peter Lang: Swiss Asian Studies Series), 1998, 131-142.
  • „Der wolkige Fels. Vom Leben der Steine in chinesischer Anekdoten- und Reiseliteratur“, in: Stanca Scholz, ed.: Wasser-Spuren. Festschrift für Wolfram Naumann zum 65. Geburtstag, Wiesbaden (Harrassowitz) 1997, 281-296.
  • „A Borderline Case: Korean travelers' views of the Chinese border“, in: Roderich Ptak, Sabine Dabringhaus, eds: China and her Neighbors. Borders and Visions of the Others, Sung to Ch'ing, Wiesbaden (Harrassowitz) 1997, 49-78
  • „The Genius of Native Soil: Lao Can youji as Travelogue“, in: Ming Qing yanjiu, Naples, 1995, 67-77.
  • „Traditional Korean Ideas on Dreams“, in: A Collection of Theses on Korean Studies, ed. by the Korea Foundation, Seoul 1995, 191-214.
  • „Du Liniang, das Käthchen von Heilbronn und die Lust des Träumens“, in: minima sinica (Bonn) 1992/1, 37-56.


Chair                     Korean Studies