Koolaids: The Art of War

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Macmillan, Jul 9, 1999 - Fiction - 256 pages
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The contentious relationship between modernism and realism has powerfully influenced literary history throughout the twentieth century and into the present. In 1930s Korea, at a formative moment in these debates, a ‚eoecrisis of representation‚e stemming from the loss of faith in language as a vehicle of meaningful reference to the world became a central concern of literary modernists as they operated under Japanese colonial rule.

Christopher P. Hanscom examines the critical and literary production of three prose authors central to 1930s literary circles‚e"Pak T‚e(tm)aewon, Kim Yujong, and Yi T‚e(tm)aejun‚e"whose works confront this crisis by critiquing the concept of transparent or ‚eoeempiricist‚e language that formed the basis for both a nationalist literary movement and the legitimizing discourse of assimilatory colonization. Bridging literary and colonial studies, this re-reading of modernist fiction within the imperial context illuminates links between literary practice and colonial discourse and questions anew the relationship between aesthetics and politics.

The Real Modern challenges Eurocentric and nativist perspectives on the derivative particularity of non-Western literatures, opens global modernist studies to the similarities and differences of the colonial Korean case, and argues for decolonization of the ways in which non-Western literatures are read in both local and global contexts.

 

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KOOLAIDS: The Art of War

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
11
Section 4
12
Section 5
17
Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
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About the author (1999)

Rabih Almeddine is a successful painter who has had gallery shows throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He lives is San Francisco. He is also the author of The Perv.

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