Korean Literature and Culture

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Korean Literature and Culture

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description:

    This course explores Korean literature and culture by examining some of major literary works and other related materials of Korea with a focus on from the twentieth century till today. Literature is not a mere reflection of social and historical events. However, at a time of radical social and historical changes, literature becomes a venue which reflects diverse issues the members of the society experience. Korean literature in the twentieth century in this context offers a way to examine Korean culture and society at a time when Korea makes a rapid change into a modern society. Colonialism, war, economic development and its side effects, military dictatorship and democratic movements—all became parts of Korean literature and left their prints on the formation of Korean culture.

    Readings for each session is relatively short, given that this is an intensive summer course. Still, readings will generate various questions related to the meaning of literature, its relation to society, concepts of freedom, identity and gender. For a comparative study of different artistic mediums, several film versions of modern Korean fiction are included in the syllabus. Active participation of students both in class discussions and through presentations is essential for a successful completion of the course. Remember that we are studying Korean literature and culture in KOREA. We should take advantage of all the available sources in Korea to make our exploration of Korean literature and culture a live experience.

    Required Text:

    Course Reader: available at Korea University

    Course Requirements:

    1. Regular attendance.
    2. Group Presentation
    3. Five “Why” Questions (One question per week for the first five weeks).
    4. Midterm and Final exams (For both midterm and final exams, study guide will be provided in advance.)

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.