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Guest lecture: "Exploring Korean War Novels"

Dec 12, 2018 11:00 am to 01:00 pm
Organiser: Professorship of Cultural Economic History

Speaker: Prof. Taesuk Lee (Dankook University)

The category of war literature corresponds to the content - oriented classification of the way literature is divided. Therefore, literature that directly uses the incident itself or its associated ancillary events comes first in this category. This includes literature that uses various ways of life and thoughts that are mediated by war as materials and subjects of work. In the history of Korean literature, war literature based on the inter-Korean division and the June 25th from the main part of our literary history from the 1950s to the present. In recent years, not only are some works based on the Vietnam War experience as well as June 25th.

The Korean War novels don't only deal with the Korean War as a material but also involve the ideological conflicts on the world historical level, which is the origin of the Korean War, and the political contradictions that present Korea faces. The Korean War is a case in which the conflict of international politics caused by the Cold War era and the ideological conflict after the Second World War appears in the form of war in one country. Therefore, to discuss the background of the Korean War, we must deal with the rise of left and right ideology in the 1930s. The end of the Second World War was not the solution of the problem, but the beginning of the new conflict in the Korean peninsula, and the conflict ended with the tragedy of the Korean War and division. The Korean War is an endless war, and it is a mental and political event that regulates the life and spirit of Koreans living now as well as the present age as a subject still alive in Korean literature. Therefore, the Korean War novel is a novel that deals with the life problems of Koreans and Koreans beyond the novels about war.

In this seminar, we will talk about the Korean communist literature in the 1930s, which is the starting point of Korean War literature, the war novel just after the Korean War, the Korean War novels of the 1960s, and the North Korean war novels.

This lecture will be given as a part of Hyojin Lee’s seminar “Korean Literature and Culture”.

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