This short volume offers essential information and a basic framework for understanding twentieth-century Korean literature. Growing out of a continuous tradition of over 2,000 years, twentieth-century Korean literature, termed “modern Korean Literature” by Korean scholars, has been shaped by profound social and political transformations on the peninsula. Those decades of great suffering and change gave birth to poets and writers of broad vision and to works of literature that testify both to actual Korean experience within this history and to the Korean spirit of resistance and transcendence. It is this literature that offers the most concrete and abundant knowledge and intuition of the sensibilities and habits of thought and the moral values and aesthetic views that guided the lives of Koreans in the twentieth century.
Twentieth Century Korean Literature
Lee Namho, Wu Chan Je, Lee Kwangho, and Kim Mi Hyun
February 2005 | 130 pages
$19.99 (paperback) | ISBN 978-1-78869-071-3
$34.99 (hardback) | ISBN 978-1-78869-072-0
About the Authors
Lee Namho: Professor of Korean Literature, Korea University, literary critic.
Wu Chan Je: Professor of Korean Literature, Sogang University, literary critic.
Lee Kwangho: Professor of Creative Writing, Seoul Institute of the Arts.
Kim Mi Hyun: Professor of Korean Literature, Ewha Womans University.
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