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Imperatives of Culture: Selected Essays on Korean History, Literature, and Society from the Japanese Colonial Era

Christopher P. Hanscom, Walter K. Lew, and Youngju Ryu


This book contains translations—many appearing for the first time in the English language—of major literary, critical, and historical essays from the colonial period (1910–1945) in Korea. Considered representative of the debates among and between Korean and Japanese thinkers of the colonial period, these texts shed light on relatively unexplored aspects of intellectual life and take part in current conversations around the nature of the colonial experience and its effects on post-liberation Korean society and culture. The chapters represent a diverse spectrum of ideological positions and showc ... More

Keywords: colonial Korea, Japanese thinkers, Korean thinkers, colonial period, Korean society, Korean culture, post-liberation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824838218
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838218.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher P. Hanscom, editor
University of California, Los Angeles

Walter K. Lew, editor
University of Michigan

Youngju Ryu, editor