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Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean Literature

Edited by: Yoon Sun Yang

Print publication date:  April  2020
Online publication date:  March  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138655041
eBook ISBN: 9781315622811
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315622811
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Book description

The Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean Literature provides a comprehensive overview of a Korean literary tradition, which is understood as a multifaceted nexus of practices, both homegrown and transnational.

The handbook discusses the perspectives from which modern Korean literature has thus far been defined, analyzing which voices have been enunciated, underappreciated, or completely silenced and how we can enrich our understanding of it. Taking up diverse transnational and interdisciplinary standpoints, this volume aims to encourage readers not to treat modern Korean literature as a self-evident category but to examine it anew as an uncultivated and uncharted space, unearthing its internal chasms and global connections. Divided into five parts, the themes covered include the following:

  • Literature and power
  • Borders and boundaries
  • Rationality in literature and its limits
  • Language, ethnicity, and translation
  • Korean literature in the changing mediascape.

By introducing new conceptual paradigms to the field of modern Korean literature, this book will appeal to students and scholars of Korean, East Asian, and world literature alike.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Art as freedom and power Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Proletarian realities and leftist literature of 1920s and 1930s Colonial Korea Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The colonial frontier Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Decolonizing the future Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The mad father in the attic Download PDF
Chapter  6:  In the shadow of nation and empire Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Border crossings between decolonization and the Cold War Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Fracturing literary boundaries Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Crossing the great divide Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Division literature and visions for de-bordering Download PDF
Chapter  11:  South Korean activist readers of North Korean literature Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Literary negotiations with Western science in post-confucian Korea Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The development of detective fiction in Korea Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Curing, but not healing, in Pak Wansŏ’s “During Three Days of That Autumn” Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The figure of the translator Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Zainichi writers and the postcoloniality of modern Korean literature Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Interracial romance, unlawful marriage Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Autobiography of others Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The sonic unconscious and the wartime radio novel in colonial Korea Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Make noise, not war Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Radicalizing against polarities Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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