[KS] literary thought of Hong Tae-yong

Mark Setton msetton at ms.cc.sunysb.edu
Wed Mar 20 16:38:07 EST 2002

You can try Joshua Margo at jmmargo@ aol.com. He is or was working on the uisan mundap, and has a lot of interesting things to say about it. I find this a very intriguing piece of work, with various layers of satirical and other meaning between the lines, and would love to know if you hear back from him or if you discover other people who are doing work on Hong's literary thought. Best of luck.

Mark Setton
Program in Korean Studies
Department of Comparative Studies
State University of New York at Stony Brook

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ann Lee 
  To: koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws 
  Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2002 10:56 PM
  Subject: [KS] literary thought of Hong Tae-yong

  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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