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Global Perspectives on Korean Literature

Publisher: , 2019
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From the publisher’s website:

This book explores Korean literature from a broadly global perspective from the mid-9th century to the present, with special emphasis on how it has been influenced by, as well as it has influenced, literatures of other nations. Beginning with the Korean version of the King Midas and his ass’s ears tale in the Silla dynasty, it moves on to discuss Ewa, what might be called the first missionary novel about Korea written by a Western missionary W. Arthur Noble. The book also considers the extent to which in writing fiction and essays Jack London gained grist for his writing from his experience in Korea as a Russo-Japanese War correspondent. In addition, the book explores how modern Korean poetry, fiction, and drama, despite differences in time and space, have actively engaged with Western counterparts. Based on World Literature, which has gained slow but prominent popularity all over the world, this book argues that Korean literature deserves to be part of the Commonwealth of Letters.

Wook-Dong Kim is Professor Emeritus of the Humanities at Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea. Wook-Dong Kim currently teaches at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan, South Korea. His research interests range widely from literature to literary theory and translation studies. His major scholarly books include The Edge of Nothing: An Existentialist Reading of William FaulknerKazantzakis’s Zorba the Greek: Five Readings, and Translations in Korea: Theory and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan). In addition, he is a professional literary translator who has translated many English classic novels into Korean.


  1. The King Midas Tale in Ancient Korea
  2. Arthur Noble’s Ewa: An Intergeneric Novel
  3. Jack London and Korea
  4. Pike’s Our Little Korean Cousin and New’s When I Was a Boy in Korea
  5. Soon Hyun as a Man of Letters
  6. Thomas Wolfe and Younghill Kang: A Literary Adoption
  7. No-Yong Park’s Chinaman’s Chance: A Fictionalized Autobiography
  8. Gunsam Lee’s The Eternal Thread as a Tragedy
  9. Younghill Kang’s Murder in the Royal Palace as a Political Satire
  10. Intertextuality of Jeong Ji-yong’s Poems

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