A Comparative Study of Korean Literature: Literary Migration by Sangjin Park

By Sangjin Park

This examine in comparative literature reinterprets and reevaluates literary texts and socio-historical transitions, relocating among the Korean, East Asian, and ecu contexts (and with specific connection with the reception of Dante Alighieri within the East). within the procedure, it reexamines the universality of literary values and reopens the questions of what literature is and what it might probably do. by means of shut studying of texts, it goals to provide publicity to Korean literature, in this sort of approach as to draw extra realization to the sphere of worldwide literature -- and to target what sort of dating they could shape and what new horizon of literariness they could build sooner or later. This paintings may also help to place the geography of global literature on a extra open and simply foundation, through displaying the porous nature of literary migration and providing the lacking hyperlinks within the present discourse on international literature.

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Let me, then, begin with several pertinent questions: are oriental and Western societies divided by an unbridgeable gulf of mutual misunderstanding, or rather, are the “two cultures” actually united by a common objective, namely, to revise modernity? These questions may sound very ambitious. However, they are obviously important in this age because globalization itself should be a form of co-existence and mutual recognition, not of simple representation or reproduction of a culture or world by the other culture or world.

Such a way of existence, which does not fix the individual subject as the absolute Other, who acts autonomously outside the circuit of the imperialist capital, leads us to imagine the so-called outside of inside which deconstructs the dominant discourse from within. If, to borrow from Negri, empire is embodied in the individual subject in the time and place in which we undergo empire, to negate the subject also negates empire. 32 Now I should like to clarify that although the contextualized subject goes beyond certain common ground, that does not mean that it annihilates it.

The universalizability of individual memory coordinates the gaps between the individual and common memories. The dialectic between individual memories and common memory, in other words, results in the historical construction of memory. In this respect, it is important to historicize the study of individual memory so as to resist the invention of a fixed identity in the present. Chen supports Paul Gilroy’s concept of syncretism, which emphasizes and advocates the process of mixing, in contrast to Homi Bhabha’s concept of “hybridity,” that, as Chen notes in Young’s observation (Robert Young, Whiter Mythologies: Writing History and the West [London: Routledge, 2004], 141–56), presupposes the concept of purity; that is, “hybridity” suggests its production from the collision between two kinds of “pure” culture.

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