2005 Summer Program in Korean Studies


An Introduction to Modern Korean Literature


Taught by Brother Anthony ( )


This course will introduce students to works by a small number of writers, seen in the broad context of Korean literary history.


Main Textbook: Twentieth Century Korean Literature by Yi Nam-ho, U Ch'angje, Yi Kwangho, Kim Mi Hyun. Translated by Ryu Youngju. To be published by Eastbridge Press.


There will be 7 class hours: June 28 (Tues), 29 (Wed), 30 (Thurs) July 4 (Mon), 5 (Tues), 6 (Wed), 7 (Thurs) at 9 – 10:20am in the Arrupe Building.


Day-by-day topic:


Day 1. Overview of the main events in modern Korean history as background to everything. We shall start to read the most famous Korean poems


Day 2. Overview of the main writers of 20th-century Korean poetry 


Day 3. The poetry of Ko Un, Shin Kyong-Nim, Kim Kwang-Kyu


Day 4. Overview of the main writers of 20th-century Korean fiction


Day 5. Overview continued.


Day 6. Class discussion of the last pages of Yi Mun Yols The Poet.


Day 7. Students presentations of a Korean poem they have enjoyed reading.