In Search of Koreanness: Renarrating Korean Musical Scholarship
Modern Korea has struggled with the contested terrain between authenticity and hybridity in remapping Korean identity in culture and history. The history of modern Korea, therefore, can be understood as a struggle between the modernist obsession with an idealized temporal-diachronic entity and the postmodernist concern for spatial-synchronic entity. In this dissertation, I attempt to depict the postcolonial and postmodern conditions of modern Korean culture by exploring the diversity and ambiguity of Korean musical scholarship during the last three decades and by presenting how Korean musical scholarship has created an arena for competition and reconciliation between many conflicting voices on Korean music, particularly the contested relation with Western music.
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