Tag Archives: Traditional Korean Literature

Introducing the New Online Korean Studies Certification Program

As we begin a new year, I have a new project that I’m launching that I hope you’ll find as exciting as I do.  I was thinking about my knowledge base and how I can expand my reach with that … Continue reading

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Under the Influence of the Cinnamon Moon Flower – Mujŏng (The Heartless), Part 2

As we continue our look at the Korean novella Mujŏng by Kwang-su Yi, we flash back to Yŏng-ch’ae’s painful situation after selling herself at age 13 to become a kisaeng (Korean geisha).  This part is very ugly and brutal, and … Continue reading

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A Kisaeng from P’yŏngyang Disrupts a School – Mujŏng (The Heartless), Part 1

For my final series of 2016, I want to cover another East Asian classic, this time Korea’s Mujŏng (The Heartless), a novella written by Kwang-su Yi. Mujŏng was serialized in 1917, and it runs about 270 pages. You can purchase … Continue reading

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I Long For My Beloved Far Away at the Edge of an Alien Sky – Classical Korean Poetry, Part 2

This time we’re finishing up Jaihiun Kim’s translation of Classical Korean Poetry. Part V picks up with the 18th century, during which Korea began to Westernize.  Not much is known about poet Hŭisŏk Pak, but his poem is one that … Continue reading

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What Can Stop the Rise and Fall of Things? – Classical Korean Poetry, Part 1

For our final series for 2015, I’ll be looking at Jaihiun Kim’s translation of Classical Korean Poetry, which can be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/Classical-Korean-Poetry-Verses-Century/dp/0875730566/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450630851&sr=8-1&keywords=classical+korean+poetry It was published in 1994 and runs 231 pages. The type of poem the book concentrates on … Continue reading

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Hangjung Mallok – Part 5: The Memoir of 1805

The fourth and final memoir of Lady Hyegyǒng was written in 1805 and details the tragic decline and death of her husband, Prince Sado. She wrote it for her grandson Sunjo mainly because she was the last witness to the … Continue reading

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Hangjung Mallok – Part 4: The Memoir of 1802

The third memoir of Lady Hyegyǒng was written in 1802 and was addressed to her grandson King Sunjo in the hopes that Sunjo would fulfill her late son Jǒngjo’s wish that she and Sado be honored as his true parents. … Continue reading

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Hangjung Mallok – Part 3: The Memoir of 1801

The second memoir of Lady Hyegyǒng was written primarily to protest the execution of her uncle Inhan Hong, who was accused of opposing Jǒngjo’s regency in 1776, and the execution of her brother Nagim Hong, who was accused of being … Continue reading

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Hangjung Mallok – Part 2: The Memoir of 1795

Lady Hyegyǒng wrote her first memoir, the “Memoir of 1795,” in response to a request by her nephew, Suyǒng, who lamented that the Hong family had nothing she wrote to pass on to future generations. This memoir details the interesting … Continue reading

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The Hangjung Mallok (한중만록), or Memoirs Written in Silence – Part 1

The Hangjung Mallok is a very important literary classic in Korean history. One reason it stands out is the fact that it was written by a very prominent princess of the Joseon court in a time when women didn’t write … Continue reading

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