Sogang International Summer College 2009
KOS3013 Introduction to 20th-century Korean Literature
Brother Anthony (An Sonjae)
This course will be taught for 5 weeks, with 2 sessions of 3 hours each
week. In the course, we will study the overall development and
evolutions of Korean literature during the 20th century, both poetry
and fiction. We shall read a good number of works by writers, always in
English translation, discuss their characteristic features in theme and
structure, compare them one with another, and situate them in the
course of modern Korean history. All students will be required to read
all the prescribed texts before class, and prepare presentations for
each class hour; this will demand a lot of preparatory reading, there
is no other way!
The main text books will be:
20th-Century Korean Literature (EastBridge, online)
Modern Korean Fiction: An Anthology, edited by Bruce Fulton and Youngmin Kwon (Columbia University Press)
Translations of poetry will be available online and as an offprint.
Syllabus (page numbers refer to 20th-Century Korean Literature)
Class 1: Introduction to the course and overview of modern Korean
history. Survey of pre-1945 fiction (pages 5-8, 17-28). Hwang
Sunwŏn Shower and The Crane.
Class 2: Survey of pre-1945 poetry (pages 13-17, 28-34): Kim Sowol, Manhae, Chŏng Chiyong, Kim Yŏng-nang,
(Week 2: No classes)
Class 1: Survey of post-1945 fiction (pages 37-39, 46-48, 54-60) Yi Sang, “Wings,” Yi T’aejun “Crows,” Yi Hyosŏk “When the Buckwheat Blooms,”
Class 2: Survey of post-1945 poetry (pages 39-46, 48-54): Sŏ Chŏng-ju, Pak Mog-wol, Cho Chihun, Kim Su-yŏng,
Class 1: Fiction: Kim Tongni “The Shaman Painting,” Kim Sŭnggok “Seoul 1964
Class 2: Survey of post-1970 fiction (pages 63-73, 78-82, 86-90): Yi Ch’ŏngjun “Footprints in the Snow,” Pak Wan-sŏ
“Mother’s Hitching Post,” O Chŏng-hŭi “Wayfarer.”
Class 1: Survey of post 1970 poetry (pages 73-78, 90-94) Shin
Kyŏng-Nim, Ko Un, Ku Sang, Chŏn Sang-Pyŏng, Kim Kwang-Kyu,
Class 2: Survey of fiction (pages 78-82, 86-90): Yi Mun-yŏl "The Old Hatter," Ch’oe Yun “The Gray Snowman,” Sŏ Chŏng-in “The Plain”
Class 1: Poetry: Poems by younger poets
Class 2: Fiction: Stories by younger writers: Jeon Seong-Tae, Park Min-Gyu, Jeong I-Hyeon, Ku Hyo-sŏ, (online). Conclusion.
Written assignment, due at the last class session of Week 5: Select 2 works of
fiction or 3 poets we have studied, and trace
their characteristic features while also comparing them.