REVIEW: My Son’s Girlfriend by Jung Mi Kyung (정미경)English(English) Article
Korean Literature in Translation / January 22, 2015
The short story has always been the highest form of modern literature in Korea, and Jung Mi-Kyung’s My Son’s Girlfriend (Part of the awesome LTI Korea / Dalkey Archive Press effort) is a powerful argument for it. My Son’s Girlfriend contains seven stories all of which hit, in various ways, at the alienation of modern life and the loss, distortion or impermanence of love, focusing on plots and themes that are specific to Korea, while at the same time have relevance to all modernized countries. While the characters and settings vary, as the band Led Zepplin once noted, “the song remains the same.” Jung explores the erosion of love in the modern world, and frequently in light of decisions made years prior, making the stories not just about current situations of the first person narrators, but also of choices they made which led them to the bleak lives they lead. Source: http://www.ktlit.com/review-my-sons-girlfriend-by-jung-mi-kyung/
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Beyond Exoticism: the Evolution of “Exotic Scenery” | LISTEnglish(English) Article
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Beyond Exoticism: the Evolution of “Exotic Scenery” By Jung Yeo-ul on Nov 01 2014 23:32:55 Vol.18 Winter 2012 Once the realm of the exotic and the imagined, remote locations have become central characters in their own right as writers use their personal experience to craft meaningful stories. Prologue With the rise of foreign travel and emigration, life in a foreign country as depicted in Korean literature is no longer just a topic, but a theme of its own. Foreign space has evolved from merely background scenery to a natural living space of everyday life. In the past, works that dealt with travel or emigration painted a somewhat abstract and alienating picture of foreign life. But of late, these depictions have grown more detailed and realistic. Writers have even broadened their geographical scope to include areas such as the Middle East, Africa, and the Himalayas, which are less popular destinations for Korean travelers and expats. These once foreign and abstract places are gradually turning into homes.
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