When the future disappears : the modernist imagination in late colonial Korea /

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Author / Creator:Poole, Janet, author.
Imprint:New York : Columbia University Press, [2014]
Description:xi, 286 pages ; 24 cm.
Series:Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.
Subject:Korean literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Modernism (Literature) -- Korea.
Colonies in literature.
Postcolonialism in literature.
Language and languages in literature.
Imperialism in literature.
Korean literature.
Language and languages in literature.
Modernism (Literature)
Postcolonialism in literature.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/10113863
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Varying Form of Title:Modernist imagination in late colonial Korea
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary:Taking a panoramic view of Korea's dynamic literary production in the final decade of Japanese rule, When the Future Disappears locates the imprint of a new temporal sense in Korean modernism: the impression of time interrupted, with no promise of a future. As colonial subjects of an empire headed toward total war, Korean writers in this global fascist moment produced some of the most sophisticated writings of twentieth-century modernism. Yi T'aejun, Ch'oe Myongik, Im Hwa, So Insik, Ch'oe Chaeso, Pak T'aewon, Kim Namch'on, and O Changhwan, among other Korean writers, lived through a rare colonial history in which their vernacular language was first inducted into the modern, only to be shut out again through the violence of state power. The colonial suppression of Korean-language publications was an effort to mobilize toward war, and it forced Korean writers to face the loss of their letters and devise new, creative forms of expression. Their remarkable struggle reflects the stark foreclosure at the heart of the modern colonial experience. Straddling cultural, intellectual, and literary history, this book maps the different strategies, including abstraction, irony, paradox, and even silence, that Korean writers used to narrate life within the Japanese empire. -- Jacket.
Standard no.:40024181760