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Fall 2017-2018
EAS 574   No Audit

Presentiments: Towards Modern Korean Literature

Ksenia Chizhova

This course problematizes the ideas of "modern" and "literature" which were no more than hypotheses in turn-of-the-20th-century Korea. We trace the aesthetic and intellectual transformations in lineage novels, hybrid novels that test the boundaries of traditional form, sinsosol, essays, and early textbooks of Korean literature. As a result, rather than viewing the emergence of modern literature in Korea as a self-certain trajectory within the teleological timeline of the nation-state, we note the zones of ambiguity, hybridity, and dialog around it.

Sample reading list:
Kwon Podurae, Origins of Modern Korean Novel
Travis Workman, Imperial Genus: The Formation and Limits of the Human in Mod
Karatani Kojin, Origins of Modern Japanese Literature
The Tale of Two Heroes: Brothers Hyon
Yi Yinjik, "Tears of Blood, "Sound of the Ghost"

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly response papers, final research paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Knowledge of Korean required. Advanced undergraduate students wishing to take this course, please consult with the instructor..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22757 S01 9:00 am - 12:00 pm M        Enrolled:2 Limit:10