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The Routledge Companion to Korean Literature

Edited By

Heekyoung Cho

ISBN 9780367348496
Published March 16, 2022 by Routledge
750 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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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.

Table of Contents


"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

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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.