Studies in East Asian Literature - Divided Loyalties: Korean Literature

EALC-E 505 — Spring 2019

Susan Hwang
Woodburn Hall 203
Days and Times
MW 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Course Description

How do people speak of loyalty and commitment in a divided nation? In this course we will engage with major works of modern Korean fiction, asking in particular how and why literature emerged as a privileged medium of expression for cultural revolutions, social critiques, and political protests. Relevant historical context will be provided in class, with discussion focused on reading the complexities in literary works and films with respect to the following themes: tradition and modernity, assimilation and resistance, imperialism, nationalism and communism, representations of gender, war and national division, authoritarianism and democratization, and globalization. By the end of this course, students will be able to build the skills necessary for close reading and informed historical contextualization. All readings will be in English translation. No prior knowledge of Korea or Korean literature is required. There are no prerequisites for this course.

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