Global Perspectives on Korean Literature

  • Wook-Dong Kim

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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    Pages 1-18
  3. Wook-Dong Kim
    Pages 49-73
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    Pages 101-124
  5. Wook-Dong Kim
    Pages 215-245
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 247-272

About this book


This book explores Korean literature from a broadly global perspective from the mid-9th century to the present, with special emphasis on how it has been influenced by, as well as it has influenced, literatures of other nations. Beginning with the Korean version of the King Midas and his ass’s ears tale in the Silla dynasty, it moves on to discuss Ewa, what might be called the first missionary novel about Korea written by a Western missionary W. Arthur Noble. The book also considers the extent to which in writing fiction and essays Jack London gained grist for his writing from his experience in Korea as a Russo-Japanese War correspondent. In addition, the book explores how modern Korean poetry, fiction, and drama, despite differences in time and space, have actively engaged with Western counterparts. Based on World Literature, which has gained slow but prominent popularity all over the world, this book argues that Korean literature deserves to be part of the Commonwealth of Letters.


Korean Literature and the Commonwealth of Letters East Asian Literature World Literature and Korean Writers Comparative Literature and Literary Influences Global Comparative Literature and Korea

Authors and affiliations

  • Wook-Dong Kim
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  1. 1.UlsanKorea (Republic of)

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