Questioning Minds: Short Stories by Modern Korean Women Writers (Hawai'i Studies on Korea (Paperback))

Questioning Minds: Short Stories by Modern Korean Women Writers (Hawai'i Studies on Korea (Paperback))


on hand for the 1st time in English, the 10 brief tales by means of glossy Korean girls amassed right here contact in a single means or one other on concerns with regards to gender and kinship politics. all the protagonists are girls dealing with own crises or defining moments of their lives as gender-marked beings in a Confucian, patriarchal Korean society. Their own desires and values were compromised via gender expectancies or their very own illusions approximately lady lifestyles. they're pressured to invite themselves "Who am I?" "Where am I going?" "What are my choices?" each one tale bears colourful and compelling testimony to the lifetime of the heroine. the various tales rejoice the crucial character's breakaway from the patriarchal order; others reveal sexual inequality and spotlight the fight for private autonomy and dignity. nonetheless others show the abrupt awakening to mid-life crises and the pro knowledge that incorporates accepting the bounds of previous age. The tales are prepared in chronological order, from the earliest paintings by means of Korea's first smooth lady author in 1917 to tales that seemed in 1995--approximately one from each one decade. lots of the writers provided are famous literary figures, yet a few are lesser-known voices. The advent provides a historic evaluate of traditions of recent Korean women's fiction, situating the chosen writers and their tales within the greater context of Korean literature. every one tale is followed by way of a biographical be aware at the writer and a quick serious research. a specific bibliography is supplied for additional interpreting and study.

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