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Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong: The Autobiographical Writings

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Publisher Comments:

Lady Hyegyong's memoirs, which recount the chilling murder of her husband by his father, is one of the best known and most popular classics of Korean literature. From 1795 until 1805 Lady Hyegyong composed this masterpiece, which depicts a court life whose drama and pathos is of Shakespearean proportions. Presented in its social, cultural, and historical contexts, this complete English translation opens a door into a world teeming with conflicting passions, political intrigue, and the daily preoccupations of a deeply intelligent and articulate woman.

JaHyun Kim Haboush's accurate, fluid translation captures the intimate and expressive voice of this consummate storyteller. The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong is a unique exploration of Korean selfhood and of how the genre of autobiography fared in premodern times.

Book News Annotation:

Lady Hyegyong married Crown Prince Sado when they were both nine years old. The prince descended into violence and insanity in adulthood, and was killed by his father. Lady Hyegyong chose to live, and her son was later crowned king. She wrote the collected four memoirs in an attempt to weather the storms of political intrigue surrounding her. Contains introductory material, a glossary, and genealogical tables.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 343-354) and index.

About the Author

JaHyun Kim Haboush is Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and History at the University of Illinois.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520200555
Author:
Haboush, Jahyun Kim
Author:
Hyegyonggung
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
History
Subject:
Civilization, Modern
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Princesses
Subject:
Korea
Subject:
Korea History 1637-1864.
Subject:
Civilization, Modern -- 18th century.
Subject:
Hyegyonggung Hong Ssi
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
890.
Publication Date:
19960431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
329
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in 19 oz

Related Subjects

Biography » Historical
Biography » Royalty
Children's » General
History and Social Science » Asia » Korea
History and Social Science » World History » General
Languages » ESL » General

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