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GJS Seminar "Forbidden Enlightenment: Yi Kwangsu’s Mujŏng from a Trans-East Asian Comparative Perspective"

Speaker: Satoru Hashimoto (Society of Fellows, University of Chicago)

Title: Forbidden Enlightenment: Yi Kwangsu’s Mujŏng from a Trans-East Asian Comparative Perspective

Time: December 11, 2014 (Thu) 4:30-5:30 pm

Location: Ground Floor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo

Language: English

Abstract:
What is by consensus the “first modern novel” written in the Korean language, Yi Kwangsu’s Mujŏng (Heartless, 1917) is often commended as a literary embodiment of the idea of enlightenment. In this presentation, I will revisit this work from a trans-East Asian comparative perspective, particularly analyzing its abundant intertextualization of the thematic, rhetorical, and stylistic elements of classical Korean narrative literature and classical Chinese poetry. I will thereby attempt to illuminate an alternative temporality of “mourning” expressed in the novel’s narrative and explore how it dislocates the novel’s manifestation of enlightenment.