New Course – Winter Term
KOR 399: Korean Literature in Translation (taught in English)
Lecture: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30 – 10:45 AM
Plus, 1-hour per week online Discussion Session
January 6 - March 22, 2014
LOCATION: Urban Building 303
Instructor: Christopher Hanscom, UCLA
Border Crossings in Modern Korean Fiction
This course offers an introduction to modern Korean literature in English translation, focusing on both form and content in works of short fiction and novels that reflect tradition and modernity; colonialism and imperialism; the construction of national identity, class, and gender; the Korean War and national division; industrialization and socio-economic change; and diaspora. This term will focus especially on aspects of border crossing that include not only geographic or political borders but also the boundaries between language and its object, self and other, social classes, and gender. What might this crossing of borders mean for the stability of Korean national identity? How can fiction that exceeds received categories change our perspective on modern Korea?
No Korean language ability or background knowledge in Korean history or culture is required.
This is a ‘real time’ distance learning course delivered via two-way interactive video conference, offered through the UCLA Korean Studies Program.
Contact – PSU Professor Suwako Watanabe
Interim Director for the PSU Institute for Asian Studies, and Professor in the World Languages & Literatures Dept.