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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 and Translation by Christopher P. Hanscom

Introduction and Translation by Christopher P. Hanscom

(p.165) Chapter 9 Introduction and Translation by Christopher P. Hanscom
Imperatives of Culture

Ch’oe Chaesŏ

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the works of Chʻoe Chaesŏ, a well-known and prolific literary critic. In particular, it studies Chʻoe's work during the 1930s, when he wrote with critics such as Kim Hwantʻae, Kim Munjip, and Yi Hŏgu against the method and theory of proletarian literary criticism. It was here that Chʻoe brought his critical approach to bear on a Korean literary scene typically (if over-simply) characterized as divided between the politically interested and the purely aesthetic. He attempted to institute a neoclassicism on the basis of an intellectualist literary theory, seeking to surpass the perceived didacticism and rigidly politicized interpretation of proletarian criticism.

Keywords:   Chʻoe Chaesŏ, Kim Hwantʻae, Kim Munjip, Yi Hŏgu, intellectualist literary theory, neoclassicism

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