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What Is Korean Literature?

Youngmin Kwon
Bruce Fulton

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USD 25.00

Publication date:
15 August 2020

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Professor Kwon and Professor Fulton outline the major developments, characteristics, genres, and figures of the Korean literary tradition for students encountering that tradition for the first time and also for those ready to critically engage with it. The volume includes examples, in English translation, of each of the genres and works by several of the major figures discussed in the text. Both the classical and modern periods are covered. Korean literature developed in response to dynamic changes in popular life and culture taking place over the millennia, and as such it is an expression of the region’s distinctive history.


Youngmin Kwon, visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is professor of Korean literature at Seoul National University and former dean of the College of Humanities there.

Bruce Fulton, associate professor and Young-Bin Min Chair in Korean Literature and Literary Translation at the University of British Columbia, teaches Korean-to-English literary translation and both traditional and modern Korean literature.



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