Theorist of traditional puppetry, mask dance and folk culture of South Korea. Lee Du-hyun received a doctorate in Korean Literature from Seoul National University in 1968. His work on theatre and traditional culture of Korea has been noted by the Harvard-Yenching Institute, the Smithsonian Institute, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, JDR 3rd Fund (Asian Cultural Council), and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea. Lee Du-hyun was president of the Korean Society for Cultural Anthropology (1972-1974) and the Korean Society for Theatre Research (1975-1977). From 1969, he was the director of the Research Institute of Korean Mask-Dance Drama and, from 1982, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea.
Lee Du-hyun published a number of works in Korean on Korean folk culture and traditional performance, notably A History of Modern Korean Drama (1966), Korean Mask-Dance Drama (1969, 1973), A History of Korean Folk Life (1973), A History of Korean Theatre Arts (1973), Introduction to Korean Folklore (1974), Essays on Korean Folklore (1984), Korean Shamanism and Folk Theatre (1996), and several articles and chapters in English.
- Lee, Du-hyun [Yi Tu-hyŏn]. Han’guk Kamyŏn’guk [Korean Mask-Dance Drama]. Seoul: Ministry of Culture, Bureau of Cultural Properties Preservation, 1969.
- Lee, Du-hyun. Hankuk ui kamyon-geuk [Korean Mask-Dance Drama]. Seoul: Iljisa, 1981.
- Lee, Du-hyun. Korean Mask-Dance Drama. Research Institute of Korean Mask-dance Drama, 1973.
- Lee, Du-hyun. Masks of Korea. Seoul: Korean Overseas Information Service, Ministry of Culture and Information, 1981.
- Lee, Du-hyun, et al. Korean Performing Art. Seoul, 1997.