Korean Literature Symposium: Crossing Borders


Friday, May 2, 2014, 8:15am to 5:30pm


Reading Room, Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Sponsored by Korea Institute, Harvard University
Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Harvard University Asia Center

8:15 – 8:45  Breakfast & Registration

8:50 – 9:00  Introductory Remarks by Professor Sun Joo Kim

9:00 – 10:45   Session I: Form and Freedom in Korean Literature
Moderator: Sun Joo Kim (Harvard University)
Discussants: Xiaofei Tian (Harvard University), Bruce Fulton (University of British Columbia)

Seung-Hee Jeon (Yonsei University)
Creative Adaptation of Traditional Korean Sijo Forms in Contemporary English Sijo Poems: A Study of Prosodic Experimentations in David R. McCann’s English Sijo Poems from the Perspective of Generative Metrics Theory

Young-Jun Lee (Kyung Hee University)
Always Present: Unredeemable Time in Modern Korean Literature

Sunghee Kim (Harvard University)
Use and Utility: New Hermeneutic Possibilities and Ethical Inquiries in the Study of North Korean Literature

10:45 – 11:00  Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:15  Session II: Voices from the Margins  
Moderator: Paul Y. Chang (Harvard University)
Discussants: Mark Peterson (Brigham Young University)

Ellie Choi (Cornell University)
Northern silhyangmin (西北 失鄕民) writers in colonial Keijō

Ivanna Yi (Harvard University)
Creating the Self with the Other: Empathy and the Imagination in Anton Chekhov, William Faulkner, and Shin Kyung-Sook

12:15 – 1:30  Lunch (Remarks by Korea Foundation Executive Vice President Nam-jin Zeon)

1:30 – 3:15   Session III: Materiality of Literature
Moderator: Yoon Sun Yang (Boston University)
Discussants: Stephen Owen (Harvard University), Kyeong-Hee Choi (The University of Chicago), Alexander Zahlten (Harvard University)

Jamie Jungmin Yoo (Harvard University)
Location of Texts: Sino-Korean Book Circulation and Reception of Ming and Qing Literature in Late 18th-Century Korea

Jiwon Shin (Arizona State University)
Chinese Image, Korean Text, and Cultural Objects in Circulation, 1800’s-1940’s

Wayne de Fremery (Sogang University)
Graph, Map & Tree—New (and Old) Algorithms for Performing Korean Literature

3:15 – 3:30  Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:15  Session IV: History and Literature
Moderator: Carter J. Eckert (Harvard University)
Discussants: Karen Thornber (Harvard University), Mi-Ryong Shim (Harvard University), Christopher Hanscom (University of California, Los Angeles)

John M. Frankl (Yonsei University)
Liberated by Oppression: Colonial Korea between the United States and Japan

Jung Ja Choi (Harvard University)
Playing with Voices: Rewriting Women’s History in Ko Chŏnghŭi’s Poetry

Ji-Eun Lee (Washington University in St. Louis)
Searching for Memory: Writing Trauma in Post-1987 Korean Literature

5:15 – 5:30  Closing Remarks by Professor David R. McCann

The Korea Institute acknowledges the generous support of the Sunshik Min Endowment for the Advancement of Korean Literature.