ASIAN 254 - Undergraduate Seminar in Korean Culture
Section: 001 The Outcast in Korean Literature
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
Advisory Prerequisites:
No knowledge of Korean language is required.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

As the product of a crisis within a given community, the outcast materializes, by his or her very existence, the boundaries within which the community imagines itself to be whole or coherent. For this reason, the outcast is always a figure of danger but also of potentiality — this is precisely the ambiguity which has proven fruitful for thinking across disciplines, from moral philosophy and political theory to psychoanalysis. In this course, we will focus on literary manifestations of the outcast in twentieth century Korea, where attempts to secure and legitimize various communal formations were accompanied by spectacular displays of violence, and rely on this figure as our guide in re-examining the history of modern nation-building in Korea. The outcast will serve as a broad heading under which we can consider relations between such terms as exile, migrant, refugee and nomad; special attention will be paid to the place of the writer within these relations. The course will conclude with discussions of recent texts that address new forms of exclusions emerging within the globalizing economy and digitalized culture of South Korean society today.

ASIAN 254 - Undergraduate Seminar in Korean Culture
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Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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