• Fiction

Modern Korean Fiction

An Anthology
Author: Bruce Fulton,Yŏng-min Kwŏn
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231135122
Category: Fiction
Page: 387
View: 2346
Home to the New York Yankees, the Bronx Zoo, and the Grand Concourse, the Bronx was at one time a haven for upwardly mobile second-generation immigrants eager to leave the crowded tenements of Manhattan in pursuit of the American dream. Once hailed as a "wonder borough" of beautiful homes, parks, and universities, the Bronx became--during the 1960s and 1970s--a national symbol of urban deterioration. Thriving neighborhoods that had long been home to generations of families dissolved under waves of arson, crime, and housing abandonment, turning blocks of apartment buildings into gutted, graffiti-covered shells and empty, trash-filled lots. In this revealing history of the Bronx, Evelyn Gonzalez describes how the once-infamous New York City borough underwent one of the most successful and inspiring community revivals in American history. From its earliest beginnings as a loose cluster of commuter villages to its current status as a densely populated home for New York's growing and increasingly more diverse African American and Hispanic populations, this book shows how the Bronx interacted with and was affected by the rest of New York City as it grew from a small colony on the tip of Manhattan into a sprawling metropolis. This is the story of the clattering of elevated subways and the cacophony of crowded neighborhoods, the heady optimism of industrial progress and the despair of economic recession, and the vibrancy of ethnic cultures and the resilience of local grassroots coalitions crucial to the borough's rejuvenation. In recounting the varied and extreme transformations this remarkable community has undergone, Evelyn Gonzalez argues that it was not racial discrimination, rampant crime, postwar liberalism, or big government that was to blame for the urban crisis that assailed the Bronx during the late 1960s. Rather, the decline was inextricably connected to the same kinds of social initiatives, economic transactions, political decisions, and simple human choices that had once been central to the development and vitality of the borough. Although the history of the Bronx is unquestionably a success story, crime, poverty, and substandard housing still afflict the community today. Yet the process of building and rebuilding carries on, and the revitalization of neighborhoods and a resurgence of economic growth continue to offer hope for the future.

    • Literary Criticism

Modern Korean Literature

An Anthology
Author: Peter H. Lee
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824813215
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 442
View: 5377
The history of Korea in the twentieth century has been a grim succession of oppressions, humiliations, and betrayals. Yet through it all, modern Korean writers have been able not only to find their own distinctive voices but to forge a national literature that speaks eloquently of the survival of the human spirit in times of crisis. This anthology includes the finest translations available of representative works in all the major genres, including poetry, fiction, essays, and drama. Readers will gain a clear sense of the development of twentieth-century Korean literature and a vivid impression of the resilience, strength, and tenacity of modern Korean writers.

    • Social Science

Land of Exile: Contemporary Korean Fiction

Contemporary Korean Fiction
Author: Marshall R. Pihl,Bruce Fulton,Ju-Chan Fulton,Kwon Youngmin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317466519
Category: Social Science
Page: 304
View: 7529
An anthology of contemporary Korean fiction including: "The Wife and Children"; "The Post Horse Curse"; "Mountains"; "Kapitan Ri"; "The Winter"; and "A Dream of Good Fortune".

    • Literary Criticism

Questioning Minds

Short Stories by Modern Korean Women Writers
Author: Yung-Hee Kim
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 0824833953
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 233
View: 9799
Available for the first time in English, the ten short stories by modern Korean women collected here touch in one way or another on issues related to gender and kinship politics. All of the protagonists are women who face personal crises or defining moments in their lives as gender-marked beings in a Confucian, patriarchal Korean society. Their personal dreams and values have been compromised by gender expectations or their own illusions about female existence. They are compelled to ask themselves Who am I? Where am I going? What are my choices? Each story bears colorful and compelling testimony to the life of the heroine. Some of the stories celebrate the central character s breakaway from the patriarchal order; others expose sexual inequality and highlight the struggle for personal autonomy and dignity. Still others reveal the abrupt awakening to mid-life crises and the seasoned wisdom that comes with accepting the limits of old age. The stories are arranged in chronological order, from the earliest work by Korea s first modern woman writer in 1917 to stories that appeared in 1995 approximately one from each decade. Most of the writers presented are recognized literary figures, but some are lesser-known voices. The introduction presents a historical overview of traditions of modern Korean women s fiction, situating the selected writers and their stories in the larger context of Korean literature. Each story is accompanied by a biographical note on the author and a brief critical analysis. A selected bibliography is provided for further reading and research. Questioning Minds marks a departure from existing translations of Korean literature in terms of its objectives, content, and format. As such it will contribute to the growth of Korean studies, increasing the availability of material for teaching Korean literature in English, and stimulate readership of its writers beyond the confines of the peninsula. "

    • Drama

Modern Korean Drama

An Anthology
Author: Richard Nichols
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231149476
Category: Drama
Page: 325
View: 6219
Showcasing both the fantastic and realistic innovations of Korean dramatists during a time of rapid social and historical change (1962 to 2004), the seven plays in this collection tackle major subjects, such as the close of the Choson dynasty and the aftermath of the Korean War, while delving into trenchant cultural issues, such as the marginalization of students who rebel against mainstream education and the role of traditional values in a materialistic society. Richard Nichols opens with a general overview of modern Korean drama since 1910 and concludes with an appendix describing theater production and audience attendance in Seoul. He situates each work critically, historically, and culturally, including brief biographies of playwrights and extensive notes. A bibliography also provides alternative readings and the titles of additional plays currently available in English. Primed for production, these skillful translations provide Western directors with exciting new material for the stage, while offering students and scholars a sophisticated survey of the modern Korean dramatic tradition.

    • Literary Collections

Premodern Korean Literary Prose

An Anthology
Author: Michael J. Pettid,Gregory N. Evon,Chan E. Park
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231546017
Category: Literary Collections
Page: N.A
View: 4843
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.

    • Fiction

The Future of Silence: Fiction by Korean Women


Author: N.A
Publisher: Zephyr Press
ISBN: 1938890264
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 6270
These nine stories span half a century of contemporary writing in Korea (1970s–2010s), bringing together some of the most famous twentieth-century women writers with a new generation of young, bold voices. Their work explores a world not often seen in the West, taking us into the homes, families, lives and psyches of Korean women, men, and children. In the earliest of the stories, Pak Wan-so, considered the elder stateswoman of contemporary Korean fiction, opens the door into two "Identical Apartments" where sisters-in-law, bound as much by competition as love, struggle to live with their noisy, extended families. O Chong-hui, who has been compared to Joyce Carol Oates and Alice Munro, examines a day in the life of a woman after she is released from a mental institution, while younger writers, such as Kim Sagwa, Han Yujoo and Ch'on Un-yong explore violence, biracial childhood, and literary experimentation. These stories will sometimes disturb and sometimes delight, as they illuminate complex issues in Korean life and literature. Internationally acclaimed translators Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton have won several awards and fellowships for the numerous works of Korean literature they have translated into English. Featuring these authors and stories: Pak Wan-so: "Identical Apartments" Kim Chi-won: "Almaden" So Yong-un: "Dear Distant Love" O Chong-hui: "Wayfarer" Kong Son-ok: "The Flowering of Our Lives" Kim Ae-ran: "The Future of Silence" Han Yujoo: "I Am the Scribe—Or Am I" Kim Sagwa: "Today Is One of Those The-More-You-Move-the-Stranger-It-Gets Days, and It's Simply Amazing" Ch'on Un-yong: "Ali Skips Rope"

    • Fiction

Waxen Wings

The Acta Koreana Anthology of Short Fiction from Korea
Author: Bruce Fulton
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781597432030
Category: Fiction
Page: 238
View: 630
The short story has been the genre of choice for writers of literary fiction in modern Korea and it continues to thrive in the new millennium. Waxen Wings: The Acta Koreana Anthology of Short Fiction from Korea offers a diverse sampling from a century of modern Korean short fiction, beginning with stories from two early masters (Yi Hyos k and Ch'ae Manshik) and ending with works by four of the most imaginative contemporary writers (Kim Y ngha, Ha S ngnan, P'y n Hyey ng, and Kim Chunghy k). In between are the two writers who are primarily responsible for the visibility enjoyed by Korean women fiction writers today (O Ch ngh i and Pak Wans ), and a writer, Kim W nil, who has made it his lifework to address the territorial and spiritual division of the Korean peninsula. The title of the anthology, from Ha S ngnan's 1999 story, suggests the transcendental qualities of the finest Korean short fiction.

    • Literary Criticism

The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Korean Poetry


Author: Peter H. Lee
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231111126
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 358
View: 6601
With a foreword by Edward O. Wilson, this book brings together internationally known experts from the scientific, societal, and conservation policy areas who address policy responses to the problem of biodiversity loss: how to determine conservation priorities in a scientific fashion, how to weigh the long-term, often hidden value of conservation against the more immediate value of land development, the need for education in areas of rapid population growth, and how lack of knowledge about biodiversity can impede conservation efforts. United in their belief that conservation of biological diversity is a primary concern of humankind, the contributing authors address the full scope of global biodiversity and its decline -- the threatened marine life and extinction of many mammals in the modern era in relation to global patterns of development, and the implications of biodiversity loss for human health, agricultural productivity, and the economy. The Living Planet in Crisis is the result of a conference of the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation.

    • Fiction

Kŏri

The Beacon Anthology of Korean American Fiction
Author: Heinz Insu Fenkl
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 9780807059173
Category: Fiction
Page: 263
View: 1012
Since the 1930s, Korean American writers have come to maintain an important place in our national literature, publishing some of the most exciting fiction of the twentieth century. The stories in this first anthology of Korean American fiction represent the very best work of these writers, including several pieces published for the first time. Contributors include Patti Kim, Chang-rae Lee, Susan Choi, Heinz Insu Fenkl, Leonard Chang, Nora Okja Keller, and Richard E. Kim.

    • Literary Collections

Into the Light

An Anthology of Literature by Koreans in Japan
Author: Melissa L. Wender
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 226
View: 7804
The first anthology to introduce the fiction of Japan's Korean community to the English-speaking world, this collection includes work by most of the notable Zainichi Korean writers of the 20th century.

    • Literary Criticism

A History of Korean Literature


Author: Peter H. Lee
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139440868
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: N.A
View: 1878
This is a comprehensive narrative history of Korean literature. It provides a wealth of information for scholars, students and lovers of literature. Combining both history and criticism the study reflects the latest scholarship and offers a systematic account of the development of all genres. Consisting of twenty-five chapters, it covers twentieth-century poetry, fiction by women and the literature of North Korea. This is a major contribution to the field and a study that will stand for many years as the primary resource for studying Korean literature.

    • Fiction

My Very Last Possession and Other Stories


Author: Wan-sŏ Pak,Kyung-Ja Chun
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
ISBN: 9780765604286
Category: Fiction
Page: 220
View: 6252
Stories from Korea. In Thus Ended My Days Watching over the House, a woman feels liberated when police take away her domineering husband on suspicion of a crime, A Certain Barbarity is on toilets as a symbol of success, and in Granny Flowers in Those Heartless Days, an older woman offers sex to American troops to save the village virgins from being deflowered.

    • History

On the Eve of the Uprising and Other Stories from Colonial Korea


Author: Sunyoung Park,Jefferson J. A. Gatrall
Publisher: Cornell Univ East Asia Program
ISBN: 9781933947495
Category: History
Page: 284
View: 7476
Stories from the colonial period (1919-1945) and time of liberation (1945-1948), translated from the Korean. Short biographies of the authors precede each story.

    • Middle East

The Other Middle East

An Anthology of Modern Levantine Literature
Author: Franck Salameh
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300204442
Category: Middle East
Page: 408
View: 1423
An original collection of Middle Eastern literature that reveals a rich diversity of ethnicities, religions, languages, and cultures

    • Fiction

Photo shop murder


Author: Young-ha Kim
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 90
View: 5409

    • Literary Collections

Anthology of Korean Literature

From the Earliest Era to the Nineteenth Century
Author: Peter H. Lee
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824807566
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 313
View: 5910
This books offers a comprehensive sampling of the major genres of poetry and prose written from about A.D. 600 to the end of the nineteenth century. The book contains a dazzling array of myths and legends, essays and biographies, love poems and Zen poems, satirical tales and tales of wonder, stories of adventure and of heroism, as well as quieter works treating the farmer's works and days and the pleasures and sorrows of the simple life.

    • Poetry

Seeds from a Silent Tree

An Anthology
Author: Tonya Bishoff,Jo Rankin
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Poetry
Page: 180
View: 7768

    • Literary Criticism

The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry


Author: David McCann
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231505949
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 192
View: 472
Korea's modern poetry is filled with many different voices and styles, subjects and views, moves and countermoves, yet it still remains relatively unknown outside of Korea itself. This is in part because the Korean language, a rich medium for poetry, has been ranked among the most difficult for English speakers to learn. The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry is the only up-to-date representative gathering of Korean poetry from the twentieth century in English, far more generous in its selection and material than previous anthologies. It presents 228 poems by 34 modern Korean poets, including renowned poets such as So Chongju and Kim Chiha.