By Sangjin Park

ISBN-10: 1137548827

ISBN-13: 9781137548825

ISBN-10: 1137557176

ISBN-13: 9781137557179

This research in comparative literature reinterprets and reevaluates literary texts and socio-historical transitions, relocating among the Korean, East Asian, and eu contexts (and with specific connection with the reception of Dante Alighieri within the East). within the technique, it reexamines the universality of literary values and reopens the questions of what literature is and what it may do. via shut examining of texts, it goals to offer publicity to Korean literature, in the sort of means as to draw extra recognition to the sphere of worldwide literature -- and to target what sort of courting they could shape and what new horizon of literariness they could build sooner or later. This paintings might help to place the geography of worldwide literature on a extra open and simply foundation, by means of displaying the porous nature of literary migration and delivering the lacking hyperlinks within the present discourse on international literature.

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Hearing of Japan’s defeat, they move toward the south in hopes of returning to the Japanese mainland. On the way Yoko witnesses and experiences many scenes of violence—in particular, scenes in which anonymous Korean men threaten to rape anonymous Japanese women. These scenes suggest how individual violence is rationalized and choreographed through the power relations among nation-states; the trauma inscribed in the individuals’ bodies becomes a metaphor of the trauma of the nation-state. 40 It is also noteworthy that So Far from the Bamboo Grove narrates Yoko’s brother Hideyo’s memories in the third-person alongside Yoko’s firstperson autobiographical narration.

34. On the recent discussion of Korean comfort women, see CS Soh, “In/fertility among Korea’s ‘comfort women’ survivors: A comparative perspective,” 42 S. PARK 35. 36. 37. 38. Womens Studies International Forum 9 (1): 67–80, 2006; and CS Soh, “Aspiring to craft modern gendered selves—‘Comfort women’ and Chongsindae in late colonial Korea,” Critical Asian Studies 36 (2): 175– 198, 2004. The universalizability of individual memory coordinates the gaps between the individual and common memories. The dialectic between individual memories and common memory, in other words, results in the historical construction of memory.

CHAPTER 3 Porous Modernity: Overcoming Modernity in the Age of Globalization 1 INTRODUCTION The problem of modernity is inevitable in this age of globalization. The age-old, yet-unsolved problem of modernity leads us to reflect on the past, present, and future phases of our civilization. Let me, then, begin with several pertinent questions: are oriental and Western societies divided by an unbridgeable gulf of mutual misunderstanding, or rather, are the “two cultures” actually united by a common objective, namely, to revise modernity?

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