[Vol. 21 No. 2] AT THE GATES OF BABEL: THE GLOBALIZATION OF KOREAN LITERATURE AS WORLD LITERATURE

Title
Title At the Gates of Babel: the Globalization of Korean Literature as World Literature
Author
Author

Jenny Wang Medina

Volume

Vol. 21 No. 2

Pages

pp. 395~422 (all 28 pages) 

Publication Date

2018.12.15

Keyword

globalization, literary criticism, translation, transnational culture, world literature

Abstract

Korean literature is an overdetermined signifier that incorporates multiple states, languages, and communal experiences based on the assumption of a shared ethnicity. As a national literature, its singularity is disrupted by the historically contingent discursive practices of literary formation, an inherently comparative process that is exacerbated in the Korean case by a multilingual past and the existence of two states known to the world as “Korea.” This essay argues that the current conception of Korean literature is a specifically South Korean construction as a component of the national globalization drive (segyehwa) that began as a predominantly economic project in the 1990s, but took hold as a cultural project in the 2000s. I examine a series of literary events from 2000-2012 organized by the Korean Literature Translation Institute (KLTI), a government agency, and the Daesan Foundation, a private cultural institution that brought local and foreign authors, scholars, and representatives from the publishing industry and local governments with the goal of globalizing Korean literature. These conversations reveal the mechanisms that prioritized literature as a desirable marker of cultural capital and its stakes for South Korea’s claim on Korean culture on the world stage. I show how South Korea’s targeted approach to the contested category of world literature through its own newly developed cultural institutions exposed the fundamental hierarchy of cultural capital sed on developmental status that determines inclusion/exclusion in world
literature.

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462 [Vol. 21 No. 2] TABLE OF CONTENTS ACTA KOREANA 2018.12.15 405
461 [Vol. 21 No. 2] EDITOR'S NOTE ACTA KOREANA 2018.12.15 255
460 [Vol. 21 No. 2] GUEST EDITOR’S NOTE: THE INSIDERS AND OUTSIDERS OF KOREAN CULTURE OLGA FEDORENKO 2018.12.15 307
459 [Vol. 21 No. 2] WORSHIPING THE GODDESSES OF P’ALBONG MOUNTAIN: REGIONAL VARIATION, AUTHENTICITY, AND TRADITION CLARK W. SORENSEN 2018.12.15 234
458 [Vol. 21 No. 2] AT THE GATES OF BABEL: THE GLOBALIZATION OF KOREAN LITERATURE AS WORLD LITERATURE JENNY WANG MEDINA 2018.12.15 257
457 [Vol. 21 No. 2] EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE: AN ETHNOMUSICOLOGIST LIVING AND WORKING IN KOREA HILARY VANESSA FINCHUM-SUNG 2018.12.15 227
456 [Vol. 21 No. 2] NO FRAME TO FIT IT ALL: AN AUTOETHNOGRAPHY ON TEACHING UNDERGRADUATE KOREAN STUDIES, ON AND OFF THE PENINSULA CEDARBOUGH T. SAEJI 2018.12.15 251
455 [Vol. 21 No. 2] TREE MOTIFS IN SEVENTH-CENTURY SILLA STELES KIM SUNKYUNG 2018.12.15 223
454 [Vol. 21 No. 2] BETWEEN MORALITY AND CRIME: FILIAL DAUGHTERS AND VENGEFUL VIOLENCE IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY KOREA KIM JUNGWON 2018.12.15 267
453 [Vol. 21 No.2] NEW TRENDS IN COMMENTARY ON THE CONFUCIAN CLASSICS: CHARACTERISTICS, DIFFERENCES, AND SIGNIFICANCE OF RHETORICALLY ORIENTED EXEGESES OF THE MENGZI YOU MINJUNG 2018.12.15 258
452 [Vol. 21 No.2] RESEMBLING THE OPPONENT: NATIONALIST AND COLONIALIST HISTORIOGRAPHIES IN MODERN KOREA SHIN SEUNGYOP 2018.12.15 253
451 [Vol. 21 No. 2] THE GENEALOGY OF KOREAN MODERNISM IN POETRY: FOCUS ON TRANSLATIONS OF W. B. YEATS KIM HANSUNG AND CHOI JUNGA 2018.12.15 240
450 [Vol. 21 No. 2] TRANSLATION: YU SORANG CHŎN TRANSLATED BY CHO SOOKJA 2018.12.15 243
449 [Vol. 21 No. 2] TRANSLATION: SELECTED POEMS BY YI TAL TRANSLATED BY CHRISTINA HAN AND WING S. CHU 2018.12.15 231
448 [Vol. 21 No. 2] BOOK REVIEWS: THE FORESIGHT OF DARK KNOWING: CHŎNG KAM NOK AND INSURRECTIONARY PROGNOSTICATION IN PRE-MODERN KOREA BY JOHN JORGENSEN DON BAKER 2018.12.15 209
447 [Vol. 21 No. 2] BOOK REVIEWS: ELUSIVE BELONGING: MARRIAGE IMMIGRATIONS AND "MULTICULTURLISM" IN RURAL SOUTH KOREA BY MINJUNG KIM TOBIAS HÜBINETTE 2018.12.15 242