E-books

We provide e-books of Korean literary works published in over 48 languages around the world. Click here to access multilingual e-books

English(English) E-Book

Portrait of a Suburbanite

About the E-Books

Author
Choi Seung-ja
Co-Author
-
Translator
Eunju Kim
Publisher
-
Published Year
2015
Country
UNITED STATES
Classification

KDC구분 > literature > Korean Literature > Korean Poetry > 20th century poetry > 1945-1999

Original Title
주변인의 초상
Romanization of Original
Jubyeoninui chosang
Original Language

Korean(한국어)

ISBN
9781942242734
Page
-

About the Author

  • Choi Seung-ja
  • Birth : 1952 ~ Unknown
  • Occupation : Poet
  • First Name : Seung-ja
  • Family Name : Choi
  • Korean Name : 최승자
  • ISNI : 0000000078791755
  • Works : 6
About the Original Work
  • 주변인의 초상
  • Author : Choi Seung-ja
  • Published Year : 1991
  • English Title : Portrait of a Suburbanite
More About the Original Work
Descriptions -
  • English(English)

This volume is a translation of Choi Seung-ja's 1991 anthology titled Portrait of a Suburbanite. Published in the series of "100 Prominent Korean Poets" by Mirae Press, the poems in this volume were selected from four of Choi's previous works titled, Love of This Age (1981), Merry Diary (1984), House of Memory (1989), and the subsequently published My Tomb, Green (1993). Speaking with a fierce sense of equality and independence, Choi Seung-ja's poetry battled ossified forms of language not only on the political but also the personal front. Like her male colleagues, Choi parodied and critiqued the idol of the father, but even further, she insightfully explored irreverent content to reveal the gendered constraints of the lyric form. In particular, Choi exposed the idolatrous power of the lover, the basis of exploitation and injustice at the most intimate level. On top of their political disempowerment as citizens, the private and domestic alienation of women as daughters, lovers, and wives form a deep stratum of repression. When Choi's women personae broke this long silence of compliance nurtured by the traditional lyric and voiced themselves as exploited and traumatized, yet fearless and tenacious human beings, the shock of this transgression shook the nation. In turn it demonstrate how long and how powerfully the gender constrictions had been imposed on Korean women.

Source: https://lti.overdrive.com/media/9256495?cid=37224

Translated Books1

  • English(English) Book
    Portrait of a Suburbanite
    Choi Seung-ja / 최승자 / 2015 / KDC구분 > literature > Korean Literature > Korean Poetry > 20th century poetry > 1945-1999