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Booklist: traditional arts and heritage

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A New Middle Kingdom: Painting and Cultural Politics in Late Chosŏn Korea (1700–1850)
J.P. Park
University of Washington Press, 2018

Publisher description: Historians have claimed that when social stability returned to Korea after devastating invasions by the Japanese and Manchus around the turn of the seventeenth century, the late Chosŏn dynasty was a period of unprecedented economic and cultural renaissance, in which prosperity manifested itself in new programs and styles of visual art. A New Middle […] (Link to online store)

Pathways to Korean Culture: Paintings of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910
Burglind Jungmann
Reaktion Books, 2014

Publisher description: Introducing the major works and currents of Joseon painting, Pathways to Korean Culture explores the various social, cultural and political perspectives of this dynamic, dynastic era (1392–1910), uncovering the fascinating history of more than 500 years of Korean art and visual culture. In this book Burglind Jungmann examines an array of themes and aspects […] (Link to online store)

Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife in Korea: Ancient to Contemporary Times
Ed Charlotte Horlyck and Michael J. Pettid
University of Hawai'i Press, 2014

From the publisher’s website: Death and the activities and beliefs surrounding it can teach us much about the ideals and cultures of the living. While biologically death is an end to physical life, this break is not quite so apparent in its mental and spiritual aspects. Indeed, the influence of the dead over the living […] (Link to online store)

Korean Cuisine: An Illustrated History
Michael J Pettid
Reaktion Books, 2008

Publisher description: The spicy tang of kimchi, the richness of Korean barbecue, the hearty flavours of bibimbap: Korean cuisine is savoured the world over for its diversity of ingredients and flavours. Michael J. Pettid offers here an illustrated historical account of Korean food and its intricate relationship with the nation’s culture. Over the last twelve centuries, Korean […] (Link to online store) LKL Review

Everlasting Flower: A History of Korea
Keith Pratt
Reaktion Books, 2007

Publisher description: South Korea – a democratic high-tech Asian Tiger and flamboyant host of the 2002 World Cup; North Korea – a secretive dictatorship on Bush’s notorious ‘axis of evil’, with a controversial nuclear program and a poverty-stricken population. These two Koreas seem worlds apart, separated along the 38th parallel by the last active ‘cold […] (Link to online store)

The Beauty of Old Korean Paintings: A History and an Appreciation
Lee Dongju tr Kim Kyongsook, Robert Carrubba
Saffron, 2005

Publisher description: The Beauty of Old Korean Paintings originally was written in Korean under the subtitle A History and An Appreciation of Traditional Korean Paintings. As stated above the book began as an illustrated lecture by Lee Dongju 이동주 «李東洲», a self-trained art historian. The book evokes this passionate connoisseur’s acute, entertaining and at times uncomfortably frank […] (Link to online store)

Mu-ga: The Ritual Songs of the Korean Mudangs
Im Sok-jae tr Alan C Heyman
Jain Publishing, 2003

From the publisher’s website: Introduced and Translated by Alan C. Heyman This work is mainly comprised of a translation into English of four complete large-scale Korean Shaman ritual songs transcribed from tape recordings, which, until the present time, have remained either entirely untranslated, or, if otherwise, are only quoted in the form of brief excerpts […] (Link to online store)

Korea: Art and Archaeology
Jane Portal
British Museum, 2000

This illustrated book, the first authoritative general introduction to the distinctive culture of this country to be published in English, traces its development chronologically from the Neolithic period (c. 6000 BC) right up to the present day. Korea, published in association with the opening of a major new permanent Korean Gallery in the British Museum, […] (Link to online store)

Traditional Korean Theatre
Cho Oh-kon, Trad / anon tr Cho Oh-kon
Jain Publishing, 1988

From the publisher’s website: A translation of the contents of the manual used for the masked dance of Korea. Readers will delight in the wit and liveliness of these dramas that depict human errors as well as the redeeming virtues of social bonds. “…a pioneering collection of Korean mask-dance and puppet plays… a fine introduction […] (Link to online store)