What Is Korean Literature?

What Is Korean Literature?

(KRM 37)

Youngmin Kwon, Bruce Fulton

Publication date: 2020
ISBN-13 (print): 978-1-55729-186-8
ISBN-10 (print): 1-55729-186-1
ISBN-13 (e-book): 978-1-55729-187-5

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This volume outlines the major developments, characteristics, genres, and figures of the Korean literary tradition. It includes examples, in English translation, of each of the genres and works by several of the major figures discussed in the text. Both the classical and modern periods are covered.

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Professor Kwon and Professor Fulton outline the major developments, characteristics, genres, and figures of the Korean literary tradition for students encountering that tradition for the first time and also for those ready to critically engage with it. The volume includes examples, in English translation, of each of the genres and works by several of the major figures discussed in the text. Both the classical and modern periods are covered. Korean literature developed in response to dynamic changes in popular life and culture taking place over the millennia, and as such it is an expression of the region’s distinctive history.

Pages: 325
Language: English
Publisher: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
OCLC: 1127069803

Youngmin Kwon

Youngmin Kwon, visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is professor of Korean literature at Seoul National University and former dean of the College of Humanities there.

Bruce Fulton

Bruce Fulton, associate professor and Young-Bin Min Chair in Korean Literature and Literary Translation at the University of British Columbia, teaches Korean-to-English literary translation and both traditional and modern Korean literature.

Education: "Ph.D (Modern Korean Literature, Seoul National University), M.A. (Korea Regional Studies, University of Washington)"

What Is Korean Literature? (KRM 37)

Preface vii
What Is Korean Literature? xi
PART I: CLASSICAL LITERATURE
1 Introduction to Classical Literature 3
2 Verse 7
3 Narrative 25
4 Literature in Classical Chinese 65
5 Oral Literature 85
PART II: MODERN LITERATURE
6 Introduction to Modern Literature 101
7 Poetry 108
8 Fiction 144
9 Drama 195
10 Into the New World: Literature of the Late Twentieth
and Early Twenty-first Centuries 227
Bibliography 283
Glossary 287
Index of Names 303
Index of Titles of Literary Works 309