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Korea Seminar Series: Reading women, writing space in modern Korean literature: A lecture by Ji-Eun Lee, November 27

November 27, 2007IASEvents0

“Everyday life” and “home”, the usual tag lines for women’s writing, falls short in the discussion of literary works produced by Korean women writers from the colonial period. If we define “home” as a place where one returns to for rest and the warmth of family, a place that’s tied to routine and everyday life, for the colonized, there is no “home” and nothing “usual” within the unstable and disconcerting political and economical situations around them. Women writers are even further away from “home” when they are second class citizens within the patriarchy. Space becomes a crucial juncture, in this sense, where one’s sense of identity and sense of the world meet. As seen in the case of Na Hye-sok (1896-1948), Kang Kyong-ae (1906-1940) and Paek Sin-ae (1908-1939), many women writers in the 1920s and 30s were “travelers” rather than stereotypical domestic housewives. Ji-Eun Lee is a post-Doctoral associate in the Department of Asian Languages & Literatures and received a Ph.D. in Korean literature and culture from Harvard University. She has taught at the University of Toronto, Dartmouth College and most recently held a position as a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia. This talk is also in conjunction with the East Asia Seminar Series (sponsored by CSA and ALL) and the Institute for Advanced Study. Cosponsored by The Consortium for the Study of the Asias, and The Department of Asian Languages and Literatures.

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