[KS] New Book

sunyoung park syoung90 at hotmail.com
Thu Mar 26 05:25:20 EDT 2015

Dear colleagues,


I would like to announce the publication of my first scholarly
monograph, The Proletarian Wave:
Literature and Leftist Culture in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945 (Harvard
University Asian Center, 2015). The book is published as part of Harvard East
Asian Monographs as well as the Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute
at Columbia University. It provides the first book-length account in any
language of the complex interrelations of literature and socialist ideology in
colonial Korea. 

Socialist doctrines had an important
influence on Korean writers and intellectuals of the early twentieth century.
From the 1910s through the 1940s, a veritable wave of anarchist, Marxist,
nationalist, and feminist leftist groups swept the cultural scene with
differing agendas as well as shared demands for equality and social justice. In
The Proletarian Wave, I have tried to reconstruct the complex mosaic of
this culture by focusing on literature as its most fertile and enduring
expression. The book combines a general overview of the literary left with the
intellectual portraits of four writers—Yi Kiyŏng, Yŏm Sangsŏp, Kang Kyŏngae,
and Kim Namch’ŏn—whose works exemplify the tremendous stylistic and thematic
range of colonial socialist literature. Bridging Marxist theory and
postcolonial studies, the book confronts Western preconceptions about
third-world socialist cultures while interrogating modern cultural history from
a post–Cold War global perspective.

Thank you all for your scholarship and
research, without which I could not have written this book!

Sunyoung Park 
Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Gender Studies
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
University of Southern California

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