1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Korean Literature

Edited By Heekyoung Cho Copyright 2022
    750 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Korean Literature consists of 35 chapters written by leaders in the field, who explore significant topics and who have pioneered innovative approaches. The collection highlights the most dynamic current scholarship on Korean literature, presenting rigorous literary analysis, interdisciplinary methodologies, and transregional thinking so as to provide a valuable and inspiring resource for researchers and students alike. This Companion has particular significance as the most extensive collection to date of English-language articles on Korean literature; it both offers a thorough intellectual engagement with current scholarship and addresses a broad range of topics and time periods, from premodern to contemporary. It will contribute to an understanding of literature as part of a broad sociocultural process that aims to put the field into conversation with other fields of study in the humanities and social sciences.

    While presenting rigorous and innovative academic research that will be useful to graduate students and researchers, the chapters in the collection are written to be accessible to the average upper-level undergraduate student and include only minimal use of academic jargon. In an effort to provide substantially helpful material for researching, teaching, and learning Korean literature, this Companion includes as an appendix an extensive list of English translations of Korean literature.


    "Redefined and Challenged: Anthologizing Korean Literary Studies"

    Heekyoung Cho

    Part I. Premodern and Early Modern Korean Literature

    Section I. Manuscript Culture, Materiality, Performativity

    1. Manuscript, Not Print, in the Book World of Chosŏn Korea (1392–1910)
    2. Park, Si Nae

    3. Performing Vernacular: Textual Practices as Bodily Events in Premodern Korea
    4. Cho, Hwisang

      Section II. Print, Medium, Transregional Interactions

    5. Books for the Illiterate: the Haengsil-to (Illustrated Guide for Moral Deeds) of Chosŏn Korea
    6. Oh, Young Kyun

    7. Print and Transnational Referentiality: Nam Kong-ch’ŏl’s Printing of Kŭmnŭng chip
    8. Son, Suyoung

      Section III. Novel, Gender Dynamics, Transgression

    9. The Elite Vernacular Korean Culture of Chosŏn (1392-1910): Indeterminacy, Hybridity, Strangeness
    10. Chizhova, Ksenia

    11. Lovesickness and Death in Seventeenth-Century Korean Literature
    12. Lee, Janet Yoon-sun

      Section IV. Language and Writing, Vernacular, Hybridity

    13. Idu in and as Korean Literature
    14. King, Ross

    15. Hybrid Orthographies and the Emergence of Modern Literature in Early Twentieth Century Korea
    16. Pieper, Daniel


      Part II. Modernity and the Colonial Period

      Section I. Gender and Sexuality

    17. Capital, Gender and Modernity in Colonial Korean Literature
    18. Jeong, Kelly Y.

    19. Sexual Violence and Its Ideological Labor: Imagining Masculinist Equality and Androcentric Ethnos in Colonial Korean Literature
    20. Lee, Jin-kyung

      Section II. Translation and Crossing

    21. Incongruent Reflections: Translation and Bilingual Writings in Colonial Korea
    22. Oh, Yoon Jeong

    23. The Japanese Café France: Chŏng Chi-yong and Self-Translation
    24. Krolikoski, David

    25. Nonsense As Sensibility: The Importance of Not Being Earnest in Colonial Korea and Taiwan
    26. Shih, Evelyn


      Section III. Modernity and Coloniality

    27. Language, Science, and the Status of Truth in Late Colonial Korea
    28. Hanscom, Christopher P.

    29. A Minor Modernist’s Conundrum of Representation: Kim Saryang and the Colonized I-Novel
    30. Kwon, Nayoung Aimee

    31. Rewriting the City: Yi Sang, Architecture, and the Figure of the Department Store
    32. Kim, Jina E.

      Section IV. Art and Politics

    33. A Forgotten Aesthetic: Reportage in Colonial Korea 1920s–1930s
    34. Park, Sunyoung

    35. Literature (chŏnhyang sosŏl) and the Inward Gaze in the Late Colonial Period
    36. Shim, Mi-Ryong


      Part III. Liberation and Contemporary Korean Literature

      Section I. Decolonization, Cold War, and Humanism

    37. Decolonizing Literature: Bridging Political Divides in the Post-Liberation Period
    38. Glade, Jonathan

    39. Vitalism and Existentialism in Early South Korean Literature
    40. Chung, Jae Won Edward

    41. Humanism as a Problem of Empire in Modern Korean Literature
    42. Workman, Travis

      Section II. Politics, Memory, Orality

    43. Gender and Class Dynamics in the Utilitarian Discourse of the Developmental State and Literature in 1970s and 80s South Korea
    44. Suh, Serk-Bae

    45. (Dis-) embodiment of Memory: Gender, Memory, and Ethics in Human Acts by Han Kang
    46. Lee, Ji-Eun

    47. Continuing Orality in Korean Poetry: Opening a P’an for the Page
    48. Yi, Ivanna Sang Een

      Section III. Race, Diaspora, Intersectionality

    49. Ŏmma’s Baby, Appa’s Maybe: Black Amerasian Children and the Layers of Diaspora
    50. Huh, Jang Wook

    51. Intersecting Korean Diasporas
    52. Yi, Christina

    53. Whose Korea is it? Reading Zainichi Literature Intersectionally
    54. Textor, Cindi


      Section IV. Division and North Korean Literature

    55. Closed Borders and Open Letters in the Cold War Koreas
    56. Kief, I Jonathan

    57. A Good Wife is Hard to Find: North Korean Women in Fiction
    58. Kim, Immanuel

    59. Children’s Literature in South and North Korea
    60. Zur, Dafna


      Part IV. Queer Studies, World Literature, and the Digital Humanities

      Section I. Queer Reading and Affect

    61. Forms of Attachment: Ardent Female Intimacies in 1920s Korea
    62. Perry, Samuel

    63. The Poet and the Theater: Perverse Reading and Queer Poetry
    64. Kim, Ungsan

      Section II. World Literature, Global Connections, and the Digital Humanities

    65. World Literature, Korean Literature, and the Medical and Health Humanities
    66. Thornber, Karen

    67. Global Korea and World Literature
    68. Medina, Jenny Wang

    69. The Text-Mining of Culture: The Case of a Popular Magazine in 1930s Korea

    Lee, Jae-Yon and Kim, Hyun-Joo

     Appendix: A Comprehensive List of English Translations of Korean Literature

    Hyokyoung Yi


    Heekyoung Cho is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is the author of Translation’s Forgotten History: Russian Literature, Japanese Mediation, and the Formation of Modern Korean Literature. Her articles discuss topics on translation and the creation of modern fiction, translation and censorship, serial publication, world literature, and webcomics. Her current research focuses on seriality in cultural production in both old and new media, including digital serialization and transmedial production, as well as graphic narratives and media platforms.