2017 KLA Workshop

2017 Korean Literature Association Workshop:

In Search of New Horizons: One Hundred Years of
Modern Korean Literature

Boston University, Oct. 27-29, 2017

Colloquium Room, Photonics Center, Boston University
8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th floor, Boston, MA 02215

Concurring with the centennial of Yi Kwangsu’s The Heartless (Mujŏng, 1917), a work often described as the first modern Korean novel, the 2017 Korean Literature Association workshop will bring together emerging and established scholars of modern Korean literature from around the world to examine the current state of the field and set new agendas for future research. Speakers will explore a broad range of topics—from colonialism to Cold War aesthetics, from domestic novels to science fiction, from dissident literature to modernism, from major canonical authors to diasporic and queer writers, and from sonic narratives to contemporary literature in new media—while reassessing the conventional categories, periodizations, and boundaries that have framed our understanding of modern Korean literature. After incorporating feedback from the workshop, the papers will be published in the Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean Literature (forthcoming in 2019). A special panel will be added to bring Yi Kwangsu’s The Heartless into dialogue with other “first novels” in late-developing modernities such as China, Japan, Germany, and Russia.

DAY I: October 27, 2017

9am-9:15 am: Opening Remarks

  • Sarah Frederick (Associate Chair, World Languages & Literatures, BU)
  • Yoon Sun Yang (Workshop Organizer, Korean, BU)

9:15 am-10:40 am: Panel 1) Crossing Borders, Redrawing boundaries   

  • Nayoung Aimee Kwon (Duke University), Figure of the Translator: Kim Saryang between Modern Korean and Japanese
  • Travis Workman (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities), Migration, Bordering, and the Regional Imaginary in Colonial Period Frontier Literature
  • Discussant: Karen Thornber (Harvard University)

10:40-10:55am: Coffee Break

10:55 am-12:20pm: Panel 2) Editors and Publishers of Korean Literature

  • Wayne De Fremery (Sogang University, S. Korea), Time and Materials—The Matter of Poetic Expression in 1920s Korea
  • Jiwon Shin (Arizona State University), Hansi as National History: Publishing The Anthology of Poetry of the Great Eastern Nation (1918)
  • Discussant: Wiebke Denecke (BU)

12:20pm-1:20 pm: Lunch

1:20- 2:45pm: Panel 3) Language, Ethnicity, and Boundaries: Zainichi (Korean Residents in Japan) Writers

  • Cindi Textor (University of Utah), Zainichi Writers and the Postcoloniality of Modern Korean Literature
  • Jonathan Glade (Michigan State), Fracturing Literary Boundaries: Connections between Koreans in Japan and the Korean Peninsula, 1945–1952
  • Discussant: Samuel Perry (Brown University)

2:45-3 pm: Coffee Break

3pm-4:30 pm <<The Centennial of Yi Kwangsu’s Mujŏng I>>

  • Keynote: Hatano Setsuko (University of Niigata Prefecture, Japan)
  • Ellie Choi, Seoul and Hometown (kohyang) in Yi Kwangsu’s Mujŏng (The Heartless, 1917) and Hŭk (The Soil, 1932)
  • Discussant: Yoon Sun Yang (BU)

4:30-4:45pm: Coffee Break

4:45pm-6:10 pm: Panel 4) Curating the Korean Literary Canon

  • Sunyoung Park (USC), Decolonizing the Future: Postcolonial Science Fiction in South Korea
  • Immanuel Kim (Binghamton Univ.), Reading the Enemy: North Korean Literature on the Fringes of the Canon
  • Discussant: Daisy Yun Du (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology & Harvard-Yenching Institute)

6:30 pm: Dinner


Day 2: October 28, 2017

9 am-11:15 am: Panel 5) Contemporary Korean Literature in the Changing Mediascape: Radio, Digital Fiction, Podcasts, and Webtoon

  • Haerin Shin (Vanderbilt University), New Media in South Korean Literature: The Reflexive Novelty of Digital Literacy
  • Jina Kim (Dickenson College), From Radio to Podcasts: A History of Listening in Sonic Narratives in Modern Korea
  • We Jung Yi (Penn State University), Co-mixing Korean War Memories: Witness, Survival and Archive in Yoon Tae-ho’s Graphic Narrative Operation Chromite
  • Discussant: Petrus Liu (BU) & Dahye Kim (McGill University)

11:15 am-11:35am: Coffee break

11:35 am-1 pm: Panel 6) A New Paradigm: Mid-century Korean Literature 

  • Janet Poole (University of Toronto), Crossing the Great Divide: Mid-century Modernism on the Korean Peninsula
  • Ji Young Kim (CUNY, Queens College), Imagined Border Crossings in Mid-century Korean Literature
  • Discussant: Mi-Ryong Shim (Northwestern University)

1 pm-2 pm: Lunch

2-3:25 pm: Panel 7) South Korean Literature between Postcolonialism and Cosmopolitanism

  • Son Yukyong (Seoul National University, S. Korea), Cosmopolitan Literary Writers in South Korea
  • Youngju Ryu (University of Michigan), “What is Literature?”: Topographies of Postwar South Korean Criticism
  • Discussant: Seung-Hee Jeon (Boston College) & Sanjay Krishnan (English, BU)

3:25 pm-3:40 pm: Coffee break

3:40pm-5:40 pm  <<The Centennial of Yi Kwangsu’s Mujŏng II: Mujŏng and World Literature>>

  • Catherine Yeh (Chinese, BU), The forever contested beginning of the modern: Liang Qichao’s The Future Record of New China and Lu Xun’s “A Madman’s Diary.”
  • Yuri Corrigan (Russian, BU), The Korean ‘Idiot’: Reading Yi Kwangsu through Gogol and Dostoevsky
  • Peter Schwartz (German, BU), A Nation (?), in Love and in Print: Mujŏng and Werther as “First Modern Novels”
  • Discussant: J. Keith Vincent (Japanese, BU)

6 pm: Dinner

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