The Trap of History: Understanding Korean Short Stories

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Shin, Jeong-Hyun
Korea Research Monograph 25
1998. 115 pp. 1998.
ISBN 1-55729-059-8

Living on the Korean peninsula for half a millennium, Koreans have searched for an aesthetic language for their ideals, wishes, dreams, sorrows, joys, loves and hates, terrors and hopes, and other thoughts and feelings. In their search for the exact rhythms, rhymes, and metaphors for their life on the peninsula, they have created a rich body of Korean literature. In this monograph, Professor Shin analyzes twelve highly regarded Korean short stories by the most prominent writers of modern and contemporary Korean literature to show both their achievements and their weaknesses.

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