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The Resource A ready-made life : early masters of modern Korean fiction, selected and translated by Kim Chong-un and Bruce Fulton

A ready-made life : early masters of modern Korean fiction, selected and translated by Kim Chong-un and Bruce Fulton

Label
A ready-made life : early masters of modern Korean fiction
Title
A ready-made life
Title remainder
early masters of modern Korean fiction
Statement of responsibility
selected and translated by Kim Chong-un and Bruce Fulton
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A Ready Made Life is the first volume of early modern Korean fiction to appear in English in the U.S. Written between 1921 and 1943, the sixteen stories are an excellent introduction to the riches of modern Korean fiction. They reveal a variety of settings, voices, styles, and thematic concerns, and the best of them, masterpieces written mainly in the mid-1930s, display an impressive artistic maturity. Included among these authors are Hwang Sun-won, modern Korea's greatest short story writer; Kim Tong-in, regarded by many as the author who best captures the essence of the Korean identity; Ch'ae Man-shik, a master of irony; Yi Sang, a prominent modernist; Kim Yu-jong, whose stories are marked by a unique blend of earthy humor and compassion; Yi Kwang-su and Kim Tong-ni, modernizers of the language of twentieth-century Korean fiction; and Yi Ki-yúng, Yi T'ae-jun, and Pak T'ae-won, three writers who migrated to North Korea shortly after Liberation in 1945 and whose works were subsequently banned in South Korea until democratization in the late 1980s. One way of reading the stories, all of which were written during the Japanese occupation, is that beneath their often oppressive and gloomy surface lies an anticolonial subtext. They can also be read as a collective record of a people whose life choices were severely restricted, not just by colonization, but by education (either too little or too much, as the title story shows) and by a highly structured society that had little tolerance for those who overstepped its boundaries. Life was unremittingly onerous for many Koreans during this period, whatever their social background. In the stories, educated city folk fare little better than farmers and laborers. A Ready-Made Life will provide scholars and students with crucial access to the literature of Korea's colonial period. A generous opening essay discusses the collection in the context of modern Korean literary history, and short introductions precede each story. Here is a richly diverse testament to a modern literature that is poised to assume a long overdue place in world literature
Member of
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
895.7/30108
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
no index present
LC call number
PL984.E8
LC item number
R43 1998eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1929-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Kim, Chong-un
  • Fulton, Bruce
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Short stories, Korean
  • Korean fiction
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • HISTORY
  • Korean fiction
  • Short stories, Korean
  • Koreaans
Label
A ready-made life : early masters of modern Korean fiction, selected and translated by Kim Chong-un and Bruce Fulton
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • An idiot's delight
  • Yi T'ae-jun
  • A ready-made life
  • Ch'ae Man-shik
  • The photograph and the letter
  • Kim Tong-in
  • Mama and the boarder
  • Chu Yo sŏp --A descendant of the Hwarang
  • Kim Tong-ni
  • Wife
  • A society that drives you to drink
  • Kim Yu-jŏng --When the buckwheat blooms
  • Yi Hyo-sŏk
  • Mystery woman
  • Yi Kwang-su
  • The haunted house
  • Ch'oe Chŏng-hŭi
  • The barbershop boy
  • Pak T'ae wŏn
  • Phantom illusion
  • Yi Sang
  • Hyŏn Chin-gŏn
  • The mule
  • Hwang Sun-wŏn
  • The lady barber
  • Na To-hyang
  • A tale of rats
  • Yi Ki-yŏng
  • The rotary press
  • Yŏm Sang-sŏp
Control code
45728179
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 191 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824864088
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62t9pc
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)45728179
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
A ready-made life : early masters of modern Korean fiction, selected and translated by Kim Chong-un and Bruce Fulton
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • An idiot's delight
  • Yi T'ae-jun
  • A ready-made life
  • Ch'ae Man-shik
  • The photograph and the letter
  • Kim Tong-in
  • Mama and the boarder
  • Chu Yo sŏp --A descendant of the Hwarang
  • Kim Tong-ni
  • Wife
  • A society that drives you to drink
  • Kim Yu-jŏng --When the buckwheat blooms
  • Yi Hyo-sŏk
  • Mystery woman
  • Yi Kwang-su
  • The haunted house
  • Ch'oe Chŏng-hŭi
  • The barbershop boy
  • Pak T'ae wŏn
  • Phantom illusion
  • Yi Sang
  • Hyŏn Chin-gŏn
  • The mule
  • Hwang Sun-wŏn
  • The lady barber
  • Na To-hyang
  • A tale of rats
  • Yi Ki-yŏng
  • The rotary press
  • Yŏm Sang-sŏp
Control code
45728179
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 191 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824864088
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62t9pc
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)45728179
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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