Preeminent scholar and translator David R. McCann presents an anthology of his own translations of classic works encompassing the major genres and authors of the Korean literary tradition stories, legends, poems, historical vignettes, and other works with introductory essays to aid in their understanding.
A brief history of Korean literature up to the 19th century is followed by a selective anthology of Korean literature including the (1145), a selection of books from the (1285), the Koryo Songs, and texts illustrating the political and cultural transition from Koryo to Choson, all accompanied by the editor's commentary and historical background. The second section addresses interpretive or comparative issues relating to the volume's literary selections. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Title: Early Korean Literature: Selections and Introductions
Author: David McCann
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Date Published: August 2000
Edition: 1st Edition
Table of Contents:
A Brief History of Korean Literature to the Nineteenth Century
Part 1: An Anthology of Korean Literature
The "Samguk sagi"(1145)
"Song of the Oriole''
The "Samguk yusa" (1285)
Book 1: Tan'gun ("Ancient Chosìn")
Book 2: The Story of Lady Suro
Book 2: Ch'ìyong and Manghae Temple
Book 2: King Mu
"Would You Go?''
"Song of Green Mountains''
History as Literature: The Political and Cultural Transition from Koryì to Chosìn
The "Sijo" Exchange Between Yi Pang-wìn and Chìng Mong-ju
The "Koryìsa": The "History of Koryì"
Book 2: The Ten Injunctions and the Death of Wang Kìn
Book 117: Biographies: Chìng Mong-ju
"Song of the Dragons Flying to Heaven"
Early Chosìn (13921598)
"Song of the Five Friends'' by Yun Sìn-do
"Sijo" by Chìng Ch'ìl
"Sijo" Ascribed to "Kisaeng"
"Song to Spring'' by Chìng Kñg-in
"Song of Longing'' by Chìng Ch'ìl
"Song of a Humble Life'' by Pak Il-lo
"Married Sorrow'' by Hì Nansìrhìn
"Hanmun": Poems and Prose in Chinese
"Hansi" by Yi Kyu-bo and Others
"Hansi" by Hì Nansìrhìn
"Hansi" by Lady Chìng and Other Women
"The Story of Master Hì'' by Pak Chi-wìn
Part 2: Negotiations in Korean Literary Culture
The Story of Ch'ìyong: A Parable of Literary Negotiation
Song of the Dragons Flying to Heaven: Negotiating History
Performance andKorean "Sijo" Verse: Negotiating Difference
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