Lit Theory:

SAME AS COLIT-GA 3610.

Course Description: This seminar explores a new constellation of critical voices in contemporary Korean literature that correct essentialist, historicist, culturalist, or representational approaches to non-Western contexts. We will tackle conventional readings of old “world literature” and aim to offer a fierce critique of the current literary world. Instead of simply applying theoretical schools to literary trends or mapping historical influences onto contemporary works, we will closely engage with contrasting thoughts emerging directly from the texts and reexamine familiar frameworks, including theories of gender, race, and class; binary frames of nature-culture and East­-West studies; and disciplinary approaches to Korean and other non-Western literatures, such as History, Anthropology, and Regional/Area Studies. Readings include novels and short stories by Ch’oe Yun, Han Kang, Kim Young-ha, Kim Sung-ok, and Bae Suah; poems by Ki Hyŏng-do and Kim Hye-soon; and critical essays of psychoanalysis, literary sociology, posthuman ecologies, and new materialism. No prior knowledge of Korean is required, and both MA and PhD students from other disciplines are welcome.

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Fall 2022

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Yoon Jeong Oh
W: 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM 19UP 228