Studies in Korean Modernity
In this course, we will read and discuss major works on modern Korea and theories of modernity that can facilitate our understanding of Korea and the modern world. In the course, we will read both exemplary monographs on Korea that use theory effectively and a survey of classical theories of modernity, including the theory of capitalist structures, social forms, and culture. The course is designed to combine theory and practice and culminates in individual research projects on Korea or comparative projects that include Korea with somewhere else and its comparative contexts. Students will be encouraged to share their ongoing research interests and their analysis of primary texts (from various languages and cultures) in light of our theoretical discussions. Students Graduate students of any disciplinary background are welcome.