Understanding Korean Literature

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M.E. Sharpe, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 230 pages
Understanding Korean Literature (Han'guk munhak ui ihae) introduces the development and characteristics of the various historical and contemporary genres of Korean literature in a refreshingly clear way. It also presents detailed explanations of the development of a literary Korean language and of literacy and a reading public in Korea. A brief history of literary criticism, both traditional and modern, is included to give the discussion historical context. This translation provides a long-overdue source on Korean literature that can be used as a reference or text in Korean and Asian studies courses and as a general introduction to Korean literature for students of literature.
 

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Contents

The Extent of Korean Literature
7
Language Style and Meter
22
Introduction to Poetic Meter
35
Genres of Korean Literature
51
Ancient Songs 57 Hyangga 58 Koryo Folk
82
Myths 87 Legends 91 Folk Tales
95
The Classic Novel 107 The New Novel 115 The Modem Novel
118
Changguk 129 Shinpaguk 131 Modern Drama
132
Kajon 149 Dream Records 152 Yadam
154
Literary Criticism in the Last Half of the Choson Period 167
167
Chinese 179 The Trade in and Commercial Lending of Handwritten
182
Traditional and Modern 193 Transcending the Dichotomous View
197
Select Bibliography
217
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