Voices from the Straw Mat: Toward an Ethnography of Korean Story Singing

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University of Hawaiʻi Press, Jan 1, 2003 - Music - 338 pages
From its humble straw mat origins to its paradoxical status as a national treasure, p'ansori has survived centuries of change and remains the primary source of Korean narrative and poetic consciousness. In this innovative work, Chan Park celebrates her subject not as a static phenomenon but a living, organic tradition adapting to an ever-shifting context. Drawing on her extensive literary and performance backgrounds, Park provides insights into the relationship between language and music, singing and speaking, and-traditional and modern reception. Her performance-centered approach to p'an-sori informs the discussion of a wide range of topics, including the amalgamation of the dramatic, the narrative, and the poetic; the invocation of traditional narrative in contemporary politics; the vocal construction of gender; and the politics of preservation.

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Chan E.Park is associate professor of Korean language,literature,and performance folklore at Ohio State University.

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