[KS] Choson Dynasty Sexuality
hoffmann at koreaweb.ws
Mon Feb 25 05:49:48 EST 2008
>But if you wish to contemplate the notion, look carefully at the
>painting of the two cats, one of them up in the tree. Believe it or
>not, that's an "erotic" painting.
Well, have some real cats in your house, and you will notice very
quickly they are up to only one thing -); Pleasure.
From the 1990s on, with the democratization of South Korea, a huge
bulk of literature on various aspects of sexuality in culture was
published. The very large majority of works I saw here and there are
of pretty poor quality, mostly very populist writings. The _Han'guk
ui ch'unhwa_ book that Joshua Van Lieu mentioned here is actually one
example for such publication -- badly edited. No wonder then that all
the antiquarian booksellers along the P'yonghwa Market display the
book with the back cover up, not the front cover -- but still have it
Psychology has just been as underdeveloped in Korean academia as art
history. And without these two, I wonder how much the field of
literature can produce on such topics, without an environment that
has fosters such studies.
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