Studies in East Asian Literature - Divided Loyalties: Korean Literature

EALC-E 300 — 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 nation divided among "brother enemies"? And how is this changing in Korea today, where talks of reconciliation and reunification are running high? In this course we will engage with major works of modern Korean fiction in English translation, asking in particular how literature became a prime site for constructing and contesting the language of loyalty and commitment. Relevant historical context will be provided in class, with discussion focused on reading the complexities in literary works (i.e., novels, short stories, poems, plays) with respect to the following themes: tradition and modernity, imperialism and nationalism, collaboration and resistance, representations of gender, war and national division, globalization, and of course, reconciliation and reunification. By the end of this course, students will be able to build the skills necessary for textual analysis and informed historical contextualization of literary works (i.e., novels, short stories, poems, plays), films, relevant artwork, and songs.

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