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Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun

Kim Iryop


The life and work of Kim Iryŏp (1896–1971) bear witness to Korea's encounter with modernity. A prolific writer, Iryŏp reflected on identity and existential loneliness in her poems, short stories, and autobiographical essays. As a pioneering feminist intellectual, she dedicated herself to gender issues and understanding the changing role of women in Korean society. As an influential Buddhist nun, she examined religious teachings and strove to interpret modern human existence through a religious world view. Originally published in Korea when Iryŏp was in her sixties, this book makes available fo ... More

Keywords: loneliness, Kim Iryŏp, poems, identity, intellectual life, Korea, Korean women, Korean Buddhism, sexual liberalism, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824838782
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838782.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kim Iryop, author