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Global Perspectives on Korean Literature

Authors: Kim, Wook-Dong

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  • Explores Korean literature from a broadly global perspective from the mid-9th century to the present
  • Examines  key Korean works such as the Korean version of the King Midas and his ass’s ears tale in the Silla dynasty
  • Considers how modern Korean poetry, fiction, and drama have actively engaged with Western counterparts
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This book explores Korean literature from a broadly global perspective from the mid-9th century to the present, with special emphasis on how it has been influenced by, as well as it has influenced, literatures of other nations. Beginning with the Korean version of the King Midas and his ass’s ears tale in the Silla dynasty, it moves on to discuss Ewa, what might be called the first missionary novel about Korea written by a Western missionary W. Arthur Noble. The book also considers the extent to which in writing fiction and essays Jack London gained grist for his writing from his experience in Korea as a Russo-Japanese War correspondent. In addition, the book explores how modern Korean poetry, fiction, and drama, despite differences in time and space, have actively engaged with Western counterparts. Based on World Literature, which has gained slow but prominent popularity all over the world, this book argues that Korean literature deserves to be part of the Commonwealth of Letters.

About the authors

Wook-Dong Kim is Professor Emeritus of the Humanities at Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea. Wook-Dong Kim currently teaches at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan, South Korea. His research interests range widely from literature to literary theory and translation studies. His major scholarly books include The Edge of Nothing: An Existentialist Reading of William Faulkner, Kazantzakis’s Zorba the Greek: Five Readings, and Translations in Korea: Theory and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan). In addition, he is a professional literary translator who has translated many English classic novels into Korean.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-8727-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-13-8726-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Global Perspectives on Korean Literature
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-8727-2
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-8727-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-8726-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 272
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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