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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 Chiyoung Kim

Introduction and Translation by Chiyoung Kim

(p.197) Chapter 11 Introduction and Translation by Chiyoung Kim
Imperatives of Culture

Kim Tongni

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter reviews the works of Kim Tongni, one of the renowned Korean fiction writers. With his widely read works as The Shaman Painting, Legend of Yellow Earth, and Post-Horse Curse, he created a unique world of mysticism and folklore by drawing on the native traditions of Korea. At a time when the Korean literary world was split between modernist and realist tendencies, his works opened a new realm of literature distinct from both. Although his literary criticism was overshadowed by the brilliance of his fiction, Kim was one of the leading critics of his day and an active contributor to many important literary debates.

Keywords:   Kim Tongni, The Shaman Painting, Legend of Yellow Earth, Post-Horse Curse, Korean literary world, literary debates

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