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Title: Korean Literature: A Lecture Presented at the Korean Studies Workshop for American Educators 2008


1
Korean LiteratureA Lecture Presented at the
Korean Studies Workshop for American Educators
2008
  • John M. Frankl
  • Underwood International College
  • Yonsei University

2
The Beginnings of Korea and of Literature on
the Peninsula
  • The Three Kingdoms Period Defining Korean,
    Defining Literature
  • Samguk sagi (History of the Three Kingdoms) 1145
  • Samguk yusa (Remnants of the Three Kingdoms) 1285
  • Lag and Imbedded-ness

3
Unified Shilla and Koryo Dynasty Literature
  • Time and Context Revisited
  • Samguk yusa
  • Koryosa (The History of Koryo)
  • Questions of Who Writes WhatWhen and Why?
  • Literature as Artifact

4
Choson Dynasty Literature The Beginnings of
Stability
  • Overcoming Lag, Maintaining Embedded-ness
  • The Question of Language
  • Hunmin chongum (hangul)
  • Song of the Dragons Flying to Heaven
  • The Tale of Hong Kiltong
  • Works in Literary Chinese

5
The Major Forms
  • Poetry
  • Sijo
  • Kasa
  • Hansi
  • Prose
  • Vernacular
  • Literary Chinese

6
Sijo An Example of Context
  • Jade Green Stream, dont boast so proud
  • of your easy passing through these blue
    hills.
  • Once you have reached the broad sea
  • to return again will be hard.
  • While the Bright Moon fills these empty
    hills,
  • why not pause? Then go on, if you will.
  • Hwang Chin-i

7
Early Modern Literature Between Transplantation
and Continuity
  • Transplantation
  • Continuity
  • Hybridity and Problematic Continuity

8
The Origins of Modern Fiction
  • The New Novel
  • Origin of the Misnomer
  • Novelty versus Hybridity
  • The Modern Novel
  • The Milestone Approach
  • Overlap with the New
  • onmun ilchi (genbun itchi)
  • Inverse Modernity

9
America and Japan in Early Modern Korean Fiction
  • Tears of Blood
  • The Heartless
  • Three Generations

10
1935-1945 The Dark Years
  • The Lacuna in Korean Literary History
  • The Roaring 30s
  • Everyday Life in the Empire
  • Writings in Korean, Writing in Korean
  • Total Mobilization
  • Censorship
  • Writing in Japanese

11
1945-1960s Liberation, Division, and War
  • Kapitan Lee and Mister Pang
  • Questions of Loyalty
  • A Divided Country, Divided Families
  • Redefining Korean-ness
  • Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
  • The Urge to Return (But to Where and What?)
  • Cranes
  • Redefining Right and Wrong
  • Possibilities for Reconciliation

12
Late-Twentieth Century Literature
  • Modernization and Its Discontents
  • Seoul, 1964, Winter
  • A Little Ball Launched by a Dwarf
  • Identical Apartments

13
Yoryu Chakga The Changing Status of Women Writers
  • A Genre unto Themselves
  • Women Writers and Segregation
  • Turn of the Century
  • Women Writers as the Dominant Force in Korean
    Literature

14
Coming Full Circle Rescuing Literature From the
Nation
  • Nationalism in Literary Production
  • Nationalism in Literary Criticism
  • Writers Unbound
  • Kim Yongha
  • Revisiting Questions of Language and Ethnicity
  • Future Writers
  • Koreans in English
  • Others in Korean
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