[KS] List member's new book: Translation's Forgotten History

Heekyoung Cho hchohcho at gmail.com
Tue Mar 29 00:19:52 EDT 2016

Dear list members,

I would like to announce the recent publication of my book _Translation's
Forgotten History: Russian Literature, Japanese Mediation, and the
Formation of Modern Korean Literature_ (Harvard, 2016).


*Translation’s Forgotten History* investigates the meanings and functions
that translation generated for modern national literatures during their
formative period and reconsiders literature as part of a dynamic
translational process of negotiating foreign values. By examining the
triadic literary and cultural relations among Russia, Japan, and colonial
Korea and revealing a shared sensibility and literary experience in East
Asia (which referred to Russia as a significant other in the formation of
its own modern literatures), this book highlights translation as a radical
and ineradicable part—not merely a catalyst or complement—of the formation
of modern national literature. *Translation’s Forgotten History* thus
rethinks the way modern literature developed in Korea and East Asia. While
national canons are founded on amnesia regarding their process of
formation, framing literature from the beginning as a process rather than
an entity allows a more complex and accurate understanding of national
literature formation in East Asia and may also provide a model for world
literature today.

Best wishes,

Heekyoung Cho

Assistant Professor
Department of Asian Languages & Literature
University of Washington
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