[KS] Maurice Courant's translations of official titles

Isabelle Sancho isabellesancho at noos.fr
Wed Mar 9 02:49:46 EST 2011

Hi Marten,


Maurice Courant’s Répertoire is the reference work used in French Korean studies for the translations of pre-modern official titles. It is pretty complete and accurate in general. Problems happen when we want to render those translations into English. I haven’t find a solution myself as for now…


Best wishes,


Isabelle Sancho




De : koreanstudies-bounces at koreaweb.ws [mailto:koreanstudies-bounces at koreaweb.ws] De la part de Mårten Söderblom Saarela
Envoyé : mardi 8 mars 2011 23:54
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Objet : [KS] Maurice Courant's translations of official titles


Dear all,

Some time ago there was a discussion on this mailing list regarding the translation of Chosŏn official titles. I am now sitting here with Maurice Courant's Répertoire historique de l'administration coréenne (Paris: Centre d’études coréennes du Collège de France, 1986), a photographic reprint of Courant's manuscript from the 1890s. This work includes translations of 1490 terms, which is more than I have seen in English. Does anybody have an opinion on this work?

Best regards,

Mårten Söderblom Saarela

Graduate student
East Asian Studies Department
Princeton University

Email: msoderbl at princeton.edu


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