Treacherous Translation: Culture, Nationalism, and Colonialism in Korea and Japan from the 1910s to the 1960s

From the publisher’s website: This book examines the role of translation—the rendering of texts and ideas from one language to another, as both act and trope—in shaping attitudes toward nationalism and colonialism in Korean and Japanese intellectual discourse between the time of Japan’s annexation of Korea in 1910 and the passing of the colonial generation […]

The Korean Language

From the publisher’s website: An accessible, comprehensive source of information on the Korean language–its structure and history to its cultural and sociological setting. This book describes the structure and history of the Korean language, ranging from its cultural and sociological setting, writing system, and modern dialects, to how Koreans themselves view their language and its […]

A History of the Korean Language

From the publisher’s website: A History of the Korean Language is the first book on the subject ever published in English. It traces the origin, formation, and various historical stages through which the language has passed, from Old Korean through to the present day. Each chapter begins with an account of the historical and cultural […]

Translation and Modernization in East Asia in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

From the publisher’s website: This volume aims at studying the role played by translation in the modernization process of the East Asian countries. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, many people saw the West as a model for modernization and hence modernization in East Asia was more often than not taken as a process […]

Colonizing Language: Cultural Production and Language Politics in Modern Japan and Korea

From the publisher’s website: With the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War in 1894, Japan embarked on a policy of territorial expansion that would claim Taiwan and Korea, among others. Assimilation policies led to a significant body of literature written in Japanese by colonial writers by the 1930s. After its unconditional surrender in 1945, Japan abruptly […]

Study Abroad in Korea: Korean Language and Culture

From the publisher’s website: Study Abroad in Korea prepares students for study in Korean by providing the reader with key expressions and guidance on certain aspects of culture and language idiosyncratic to Korea, focusing on everyday scenarios. Key features include: Key expressions throughout the book, providing practical linguistic knowledge with jargon-free explanations. Exposes readers to contextualised, […]

On Translating Modern Korean Poetry

From the publisher’s website: On Translating Modern Korean Poetry is a research monograph exploring the intricacies and complexities of translating modern Korean poetry. This monograph highlights the difficulties entailed in translating Korean poetry, due to the lexical, structural, social, expressive and attitudinal levels with which the translator must be engaged. Featuring all-new translations, this book explores […]

Naming the Local: Medicine, Language, and Identity in Korea since the Fifteenth Century

From the publisher’s website: Naming the Local uncovers how Koreans domesticated foreign medical novelties on their own terms, while simultaneously modifying the Korea-specific expressions of illness and wellness to make them accessible to the wider network of scholars and audiences. Due to Korea’s geopolitical position and the intrinsic tension of medicine’s efforts to balance the local […]

Glossolalia and the Problem of Language

From the publisher’s website: Speaking in tongues, also known as glossolalia, has long been a subject of curiosity as well as vigorous theological debate. A worldwide phenomenon that spans multiple Christian traditions, glossolalia is both celebrated as a supernatural gift and condemned as semiotic alchemy. For some it is mystical speech that exceeds what words can […]

Koreo-Japonica: A Re-evaluation of a Common Genetic Origin

From the publisher’s website: The Japonic (Japanese and Ryukyuan) portmanteau language family and the Korean language have long been considered isolates on the fringe of northeast Asia. Although in the last fifty years many specialists in Japonic and Korean historical linguistics have voiced their support for a genetic relationship between the two, this concept has […]

Korean Culture Dictionary: From Kimchi To K-Pop And K-Drama Clichés

From the publisher’s catalogue: Before reading this book, you probably had some moments of curiosity in your life where you questioned certain things about Korean culture. Why is there a Pepsi logo on the Korean flag? Why do Korean kids in my class only have like… three last names (Kim, Lee, Park)? If you are […]

The KPOP Dictionary: 500 Essential Korean Slang Words and Phrases Every K-Pop, K-Drama, K-Movie Fan Should Know

From the publisher’s website: “Take a Peek into the Psychology of Modern Korean People Through Slang” -李宇龙, SM Entertainment- “The Kpop Dictionary is a fun mix of common slang and adages frequently found in Kpop and Korean Dramas which will help provide abase for understanding that goes far beyond subtitles. As a YouTube personality who […]

The Northern Region of Korea: History, Identity, and Culture

From the publisher’s website: The residents of the three northern provinces of Korea have long had cultural and linguistic characteristics that have marked them as distinct from their brethren in the central area near the capital and in the southern provinces. The making and legitimating of centralized Korean nation-states over the centuries, however, have marginalized […]

Handbook of Korean Vocabulary: A Resource for Word Recognition and Comprehension

From the publisher’s website: Vocabulary learning is the single most important component of second-language acquisition. In cases where the second language is unrelated to the learner’s native tongue, this task presents special challenges because there are typically few clues in a word’s form to assist in learning and remembering its meaning. This book offers a […]

How Koreans Talk – A Collection of Expressions

From the back cover: If something tastes good, say: “It kills me.” If you’re happy, you “go to Hong Kong.” If a friend wins the lottery, ask: “did you have a pig dream last night?” If someone tells a joke, you might “laugh until your belly button pops out.” Koreans talk with humour and punch, […]

Guide to Korean Characters: Reading and Writing Hangul and Hanja

From the publisher’s website: Guide to Korean Characters provides for the first time in English, a practical 367 page handbook for students of the Korean language. It contains all you need to be a literate student of the written language of 78 million Korean people, including hangul, the Korean alphabet, and 1,800 Chinese characters taught […]