[KS] literary thought of Hong Tae-yong

Ann Lee asl at u.washington.edu
Tue Mar 19 22:56:14 EST 2002

My students and I have been reading a book by Ko Mi-suk, entitled "18 segi eso 20 segi ch'o Han'guk sigasa ui kudo," particularly the chapter about Korean literary thought.  The chapter includes discussion of Kim Man-jung's thought about vernacular Korean - something David McCann referred to astutely in another discussion on this list - and, moreover, cites the literary thought of Hong Tae-yong.  Hong praised vernacular Korean songs as emerging from the genuine emotions of commoners, and thought such songs were better than the shih of elite Korean poets.  Has anyone researched the literary thought of Hong Tae-yong?  Professor Ledyard, could you comment on Hong's preface to the Taedong p'ungyo?

Thank you.

Ann Sung-hi Lee, Assistant Professor
Asian Languages and Literature Department
Box 353521, University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3521   http://faculty.washington.edu/asl
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