ASIAN 375 - Modern Korean Literature
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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The course covers major works of modern Korean fiction in English translation and explores the relationship between literature and politics within the historical context that spans the end of Confucian monarchy to colonialism, civil war, authoritarianism and democratization. Topics of discussion include: tradition and modernity, enlightenment and nostalgia, imperialist, nationalist and communist ideologies, urban space and culture, gender roles, changing conceptions of private life, and aesthetics of commitment. Readings will alternate between book-length fiction and short stories and poems. The aims of the course are to: 1) develop familiarity with the works of major twentieth-century Korean writers; 2) situate literature within a sociopolitical history and think about the relationship between texts and contexts; 3) improve skills necessary for close reading and critical analysis of literature; and 4) enhance facility in the writing conventions of literary studies.

Course Requirements:

Readings: six novels, a dozen short stories, six poems, and recommended secondary articles. Writing: five 2 page reaction papers, five revisions, midterm paper outline, 5-6 page midterm paper, in-class presentation, final paper proposal, 8-10 page final paper.

Intended Audience:

The course is for undergrad students interested in an overview of major texts of modern Korean literature. History students will find the course useful because of the time devoted to situating the texts within multiple historical and political contexts of Korea's development in the 20th century.

Class Format:

Twice a week for combined lecture/discussion.

ASIAN 375 - Modern Korean Literature
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 5:30PM - 7:00PM
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