[KS] Friday, April 17th at UC Berkeley: Writing on the Left in Colonial Korea: New Perspectives and Future Directions

Berkeley Center for Korean Studies cks at berkeley.edu
Tue Apr 7 17:54:02 EDT 2015

*The Center for Korean Studies*

*University of California, Berkeley*

*cordially invites you to*

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Writing on the Left in Colonial Korea:
New Perspectives and Future Directions

Friday, April 17th | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker: *Sunyoung Park* <http://dornsife.usc.edu/ksi/sunyoung-park/>,
Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of
Southern California <http://dornsife.usc.edu/ksi/sunyoung-park/>

Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies (CKS) <http://ieas.berkeley.edu/cks/>

During the 1910s through the 1940s, Korea developed a vibrant and diverse
leftist literary culture. Upon their introduction to Japan’s largest
colony, socialist ideas attracted the attention of local intellectuals,
inspiring not only the Marxist writers of the KAPF (Korea Artista Proleta
Federatio: 1925-1935) but also a few anarchist groups, a contingent of
leftist nationalists, a group of socialist women writers, and other
unaffiliated writers and critics. This presentation will offer a brief
historical outline of the movement, a critical reassessment of its
significance, and some suggestions for its future study. The central
question to be raised will concern all-important issues of translation and
appropriation. How did the Korean leftist writers appropriate the doctrines
of socialism for their use within their specific colonial historical
conditions? And how did those doctrines translate within the context of a
rapidly modernizing colonial society? My aim throughout will be to make a
case for an often neglected and misunderstood historical cultural movement,
demonstrating that the influence of socialism on modern Korean culture was
more pervasive and fertile than has been generally assumed within
subsequent anti-communist as well as nationalist critical paradigms.


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Sunyoung Park is Associate Professor of East Asian languages and cultures
and gender studies at the University of Southern California. Her research
focuses on the literary and cultural history of modern Korea, which she
approaches from the varying perspectives of world literature, postcolonial
theory, and transnational feminism and Marxism. Her first scholarly
monograph, The Proletarian Wave: Leftist Literature in Colonial Korea
1910-1945 (Harvard University Asia Center, March 2015), examines the
origins, development, and influence of socialist literature in Korea during
the colonial period. She is also the editor and translator of On the Eve of
the Uprising and Other Stories from Colonial Korea (Cornell East Asian
Series, 2010). Her current research interests center on science-fictional
and fantastic imaginations in South Korean literature and visual culture
from the 1960s through the 2010s.

Event Contact: cks at berkeley.edu, 510-642-5674


*And other upcoming events....*

Korean Diaspora

Wednesday, April 22nd | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Speaker: *John Lie*, Sociology, UC Berkeley

Moderator: *Wen-hsin Yeh*, History, UC Berkeley

Sponsor: Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) <http://ieas.berkeley.edu/>

The lecture will offer a conspectus of Korean diaspora and discuss the
central concepts of diaspora and nation/homeland. In particular, it will
stress the sheer diversity of diasporic trajectories across Eurasia.

Event Contact: ieas at berkeley.edu, 510-642-2809
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