[KS] Colloquium Announcement

Younghee CHOI seolkoo at aks.ac.kr
Mon Jan 14 02:26:15 EST 2002

Korean Studies Colloquium at the Academy of Korean Studies

The Academy of Korean Studies is pleased to invite you to attend a 
Korean studies colloquium on Wednesday, January 23, 2002, at 3:00 
p.m. in the conference room of the administration building (2nd 
floor) at the Academy.

The colloquium will be a presentation on "The Narrative Structure of 
'Song of the Moon's Reflection on a Thousand Rivers" 
[Wôr-in-ch'ôn'gang-ji-gok] by Werner Sasse and followed by comments 
from discussants.  We welcome all interested scholars, researchers, 
and graduate students in Korean studies to this presentation followed 
by a reception.

Dr. Werner Sasse is a professor in Korean studies at Hamburg 
University, Germany and currently a visiting scholar at the Academy. 
His academic interests include the development of early Korean 
writing systems and grammar, the future of Korean studies outside of 
Korea, and problems of Korean reference materials. 

Abstract: Very few studies have been presented on the narrative 
structure of "Song of the Moon's Reflection on a Thousand Rivers" and 
all seem to overlook that the composition is a "kok", i.e., a piece 
of literature to be sung.  Focusing on the aspect of a singer singing 
to an audience, and basing this research on a text-linguistic 
approach, has resulted in uncovering a narrative structure, the 
sections of which display a very artistic dramatic inner 
sub-structure.  Finding this structure shifts attention from a 
scene-related structure to a theme-related or subject-related 
structure, where theme, and subject are more abstract than the actual 
scenes.  This lecture will present this methodology and discuss the 
structure revealed by this new approach.

We hope to utilize this and future lectures to expand scholarly 
dialogue in Korean Studies and welcome contact from individuals 
interested in presenting a paper or participating in these colloquia 
in the future.
For further information and directions, please visit our website at 
<http://www.aks.ac.kr>http://www.aks.ac.kr and please RSVP for the 
reception by call (031-709-9843) or e-mail 
(<mailto:seolkoo at aks.ac.kr>seolkoo at aks.ac.kr).

Gilsang Lee, Ph.D
Director, Office of International Cooperation
The Academy of Korean Studies
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