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Eastern Sentiments (Weatherhead Books on Asia)

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The Confucian gentleman scholars of the Choson dynasty (1392-1910) often published short anecdotes exemplifying their values and aesthetic concerns. In modern Seoul one scholar in particular would excel at adapting this style to a contemporary readership: Yi T'aejun.

Yi T'aejun was a prolific and influential writer of colonial Korea and an acknowledged master of the short story and essay. He also wrote numerous novels and was an influential editor of cultural news. Born in northern Korea in 1904, Yi T'aejun settled in Seoul after a restless youth that included several years of study in Japan. In 1946, he moved to Soviet-occupied northern Korea, but by 1956, a purge of southern communists forced him into exile. His subsequent whereabouts cannot be confirmed, though rumors claim Yi returned to Pyongyang, only to be exiled once more. It is believed Yi T'aejun passed away between 1960 and 1980, but his works were not made available until 1988, when South Korean censorship laws concerning authors who had sided with the north were eased.

The essays in this collection reflect Yi's distinct voice and lyrical expression, revealing thoughts on a variety of subjects, from gardens to immigrant villages in Manchuria, from antiques to colonial assimilation, and from fishing to the recovery of Korea's past. Yi laments the passing of tradition with keen sensibility yet, at the same time, celebrates human perseverance in the face of loss and change. Most important, his essays recount the author's attempt to re-experience the past and keep it alive against absorption into the Japanese nation.

Janet Poole faithfully reproduces Yi's complex craft, retaining his idiosyncratic tone and narrative. A brilliant introduction to a remarkable prose stylist, Eastern Sentiments eloquently complicates the historical, political, and aesthetic concerns of Orientalism.

Synopsis:

The Confucian gentlemen scholars of the Choson dynasty often published short anecdotes that exemplified their values and aesthetic concerns. In adapting this style to a contemporary readership in the early twentieth century, Yi T'aejun became a modern master of the practice, inserting his own distinct voice and lyrical expression to find success among both popular and literary audiences.

In Eastern Sentiments, Yi T'aejun treats us to his thoughts on a variety of subjects, from gardens to immigrant villages in Manchuria, from antiques to colonial assimilation, and from fishing to the recovery of Korea's past. Yi T'aejun laments the passing of tradition with keen sensibility, yet, at the same time, he celebrates human perseverance in the face of loss and change. Most important, the essays recount Yi T'aejun's attempt to re-experience the past and keep it alive in a present, a period in which Koreans were facing absorption into the Japanese nation dueto its efforts at war. Janet Poole faithfully reproduces Yi T'aejun's complex craft and multilayered irony, retaining his familiar tone and idiosyncratic narrative. A brilliant introduction to a remarkable prose style, Eastern Sentiments eloquently complicates the historical, political, and aesthetic concerns of Orientalism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231149440
Author:
T'aejun, Yi
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Translator:
Poole, Janet
Author:
Yi, T'Aejun
Author:
Yi, Tae-Jun
Author:
T'Aejun, Yi
Subject:
General
Subject:
Asian - General
Subject:
Korea Social conditions 1945-
Subject:
Sociology - General
Series:
Weatherhead Books on Asia
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
189
Dimensions:
8.10x5.50x.90 in. .80 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The Confucian gentlemen scholars of the Choson dynasty often published short anecdotes that exemplified their values and aesthetic concerns. In adapting this style to a contemporary readership in the early twentieth century, Yi T'aejun became a modern master of the practice, inserting his own distinct voice and lyrical expression to find success among both popular and literary audiences.

In Eastern Sentiments, Yi T'aejun treats us to his thoughts on a variety of subjects, from gardens to immigrant villages in Manchuria, from antiques to colonial assimilation, and from fishing to the recovery of Korea's past. Yi T'aejun laments the passing of tradition with keen sensibility, yet, at the same time, he celebrates human perseverance in the face of loss and change. Most important, the essays recount Yi T'aejun's attempt to re-experience the past and keep it alive in a present, a period in which Koreans were facing absorption into the Japanese nation dueto its efforts at war. Janet Poole faithfully reproduces Yi T'aejun's complex craft and multilayered irony, retaining his familiar tone and idiosyncratic narrative. A brilliant introduction to a remarkable prose style, Eastern Sentiments eloquently complicates the historical, political, and aesthetic concerns of Orientalism.

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