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Premodern Korean Literary Prose: An Anthology
Published by Columbia University Press
This anthology presents new translations of Korean prose works from the tenth to the nineteenth century. It offers insight into past Korean societies by highlighting genres that have largely not been translated, such as diaries, short fictional biographies, erotic tales, oral narratives, and novellas, all of which illustrate the depth and variety of premodern Korean writings. The selections are intended to show what literate people of the premodern period enjoyed reading and demonstrate the cultural diversity of the creation of literature, including a range of writings by women and nonelites such as commoners. The volume also includes critical essays and short introductions to contextualize the materials and explain the ideological backdrop behind the creation of the works.
Michael J. Pettid is professor of Korean studies at Binghamton University. His publications include Unyong-jon: A Love Affair at the Royal Palace of Choson Korea, with annotations and introduction (2009, with Kil Cha). Gregory N. Evon is senior lecturer in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales-Sydney. He has published articles on premodern Korean literary and intellectual history. Chan E. Park is professor of Korean literature and director of the Korean Performance Research Program at The Ohio State University. She is the author of Voices from the Straw Mat: Toward an Ethnography of Korean Story Singing (2003).
Reviewer: Caleb Simmons
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