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Imperatives of CultureSelected Essays on Korean History, Literature, and Society from the Japanese Colonial Era$
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Christopher P. Hanscom, Walter K. Lew, and Youngju Ryu

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838218

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838218.001.0001

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Introduction by Mickey Hong and Walter K. Lew Translation by Walter K. Lew

Introduction by Mickey Hong and Walter K. Lew Translation by Walter K. Lew

(p.154) Chapter 8 Introduction by Mickey Hong and Walter K. Lew Translation by Walter K. Lew
Imperatives of Culture

Kim Kirim

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the account of Kim Kirim. He played a major role in the directions taken by modern Korean poetry from the 1930s onward. These included developments away from what Kim saw as the previous decade's vague sentimentalism and self-absorption and toward new constructivist and other avant-garde techniques, modernism's materialist belief in the objective structure of language, and dedication to the integration of feeling and progressive cultural critique. His theoretical works first appeared in periodicals beginning in 1930. Among these, the most important titles were Poetics and The Understanding of Poetry. The chapter reviews his Soliloquies of ‘Pierrot’: Fragmentary Notions Regarding ‘Poésie’, which predated his more systematic treatises.

Keywords:   Kim Kirim, modern Korean poetry, sentimentalism, self-absorption, avant-garde technique, Poetics, The Understanding of Poetry

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