[KS] Publication of new Korean literature textbook

Anna Yates anna.yates89 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 11 21:28:29 EDT 2019

Dear colleagues,

We are thrilled to announce the publication of our Korean literature
textbook, *Korean Literature Through the Korean Wave.*

Korean Literature Through the Korean Wave engages with the rising interest
in both the Korean Wave and Korean language learning by incorporating
Korean Wave cultural content, especially K-dramas, films and songs, to
underline and support the teaching of Korean literature.

It combines both premodern and modern texts, including poetry, novels,
philosophical treatises, and even comics, to showcase the diversity of
Korean literature. Particular care has been taken to include the voices of
those marginalised in the often male, elite-dominated discourse on Korean
literature. In particular, this book also distinguishes itself by extending
the usual breadth of what is considered modern Korean literature up until
the present day, including texts published as recently as 2017. Many of
these texts are very relevant for recent discourse in Korean affairs, such
as the obsession with physical appearance, the #MeToo movement and

This textbook is aimed at B1-B2 level and Intermediate-Mid students of
Korean. On the one hand the textbook introduces students to seeing beyond
Korean literature as a monolithic entity, giving a taste of its wonderful
richness and diversity. On the other hand, it provides an entry point into
discussions on Korean contemporary society, in which the text (and
associated media extracts) provides the catalyst for more in-depth analysis
and debate.


Best regards,

Anna Yates-Lu and Jieun Kiaer

University of Oxford, Oriental Institute
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