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Coming-of-Age Novels Offer Solace: In Search of Self-Healing and Inner Growth | LIST

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Coming-of-Age Novels Offer Solace: In Search of Self-Healing and Inner Growth | LIST
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Hwang Sok-yong , Gong Ji-Young , Kim Ryeoryeong , Kim Hyoung Kyoung

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Hwang Sok-yong
  • Hwang Sok-yong
  • Birth : 1943 ~ -
  • Occupation : Novelist
  • First Name : Sok-yong
  • Family Name : Hwang
  • Korean Name : 황석영
  • ISNI : 0000000121322250
  • Works : 134
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Coming-of-Age Novels Offer Solace: In Search of Self-Healing and Inner Growth   By Jung Yeo-ul on Nov 10 2014 22:34:14 Vol.4 Summer 2009 The unprecedented economic downturn is prompting people to rethink their lost values – values that they have ignored in the pursuit of success. This fresh development suggests that a growing number of readers are now ready to pick up coming-of-age novels rather than self-help books.  The buzz word in the Korean publishing industry of 2008 was self-healing. To find a way to heal their wounds, readers opted for coming-of-age novels rather than trendy self-help or personal finance titles. This reflects the sad reality that survival, not success, is what matters most for the public amid the protracted economic slowdown. The neo-liberalism that emerged in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s no longer offers a message of hope, at least for most Koreans. Local readers have begun to think about what has been sacrificed in the name of seeking success. The popularity of coming-ofage stories in Korea, therefore, illustrates the pent-up desire for a book that can assuage the innermost wounds of the public – something that cannot be satisfied by the much-hyped expectations about success. Testifying to the comingof- age novel boom are Hwang Sokyong’s Hesperus, Gong Ji-Young’s My Happy House, Kim Ryeo-ryeong’s Wandeuki, and Kim Hyoung-kyoung’s The Flowering Whale.

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