[KS] Upcoming publications of interest to Koreanists

pgowman at yahoo.com
Sat Jan 9 12:35:38 EST 2021

Dear KS Moderator

Further to Jooyeon Kim’s recent notice on the upcoming title Kinship Novels of Early Modern Korea, members on this list may want to be aware of a resource which aims to log upcoming publications that might be of interest to Koreanists. I am pleased to note that the resource was already listing the Kinship Novels title, along with 28 other upcoming publications of literature and non-fiction.

The resource is an offshoot of a book database that aims to be complete in relation to past and future Korean literature in translation titles (gratefully acknowledging Brother Anthony’s amazing website as an input, as well as LTI Korea’s database and other sources). Given the wide range of non-fiction and academic publications, its scope is less ambitious in that area, aiming to capture those titles the database owner would want on his bookshelves if he had the available cash and storage space. The non-fiction coverage is therefore a slightly personal list with a bias to the more generalist publications. It currently contains over 150 past and upcoming titles, with a further 150 or so awaiting upload. 

The list of upcoming titles has a submission form for anyone who wants their publication to be considered for the list.

The upcoming titles list can be found here: https://londonkoreanlinks.net/books/lkl-bdb/upcoming-books/
The database home page can be found here: https://londonkoreanlinks.net/books/lkl-bdb/

With best wishes for the New Year

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From: Jooyeon Kim
Sent: 09 January 2021 00:17
To: koreanstudies at koreanstudies.com
Subject: [KS] CKR/CUP Book Publication Announcement

Dear KS moderator,
Could you please circulate the announcement below via the Korean studies listserv? Thank you!

Dear Colleagues,
CKR is pleased to announce the publication of Ksenia Chizhova’s book Kinship Novels of Early Modern Korea: Between Genealogical Time and the Domestic Everyday published by Columbia University Press. This is the fourth book in the Center for Korean Research book series. For more information on the series, please visit: http://ckr.weai.columbia.edu/ckr-cup-book-series/
Kinship Novels of Early Modern Korea: Between Genealogical Time and the Domestic Everyday
Ksenia Chizhova
Columbia University Press
Date of Publication: January 2021

The lineage novel flourished in Korea from the late seventeenth to the early twentieth century. These vast works unfold genealogically, tracing the lives of several generations. New storylines, often written by different authors, follow the lives of the descendants of the original protagonists, offering encyclopedic accounts of domestic life cycles and relationships. Elite women transcribed these texts—which span tens and even hundreds of volumes—in exquisite vernacular calligraphy and transmitted them through generations in their families.
In Kinship Novels of Early Modern Korea, Ksenia Chizhova foregrounds lineage novels and the domestic world in which they were read to recast the social transformations of Chosŏn Korea and the development of early modern Korean literature. She demonstrates women’s centrality to the creation of elite vernacular Korean practices and argues that domestic-focused genres such as lineage novels, commemorative texts, and family tales shed light on the emergence and perpetuation of patrilineal kinship structures. The proliferation of kinship narratives in the Chosŏn period illuminates the changing affective contours of familial bonds and how the domestic space functioned as a site of their everyday experience. Drawing on an archive of women-centered elite vernacular texts, Chizhova uncovers the structures of feelings and conceptions of selfhood beneath official genealogies and legal statutes, revealing that kinship is as much a textual as a social practice. Shedding new light on Korean literary history and questions of Korea’s modernity, this book also offers a broader lens on the global rise of the novel.
Ksenia Chizhova is assistant professor of East Asian studies at Princeton University.

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