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This paper gives a background and brief history and overview of Korean literature, with the aim of bringing to the fore the qualities that make it unique. In addition to giving examples of early Korean stories and poetry, the writer also singles out a writer who more than anyone else has contributed to the success of female fiction writers in Korea today, O Jeong-hui, and looks at some of her works and the themes that can be found in them. The paper concludes with remarks on Asian-American literature and how immigration to the US has affected Korean writers.
From the Paper:"Korea has a proud and long-established literary tradition, but while it has produced many fine classical and contemporary works - as well as its own unique form of poetry, the Sijo - Korean literature continues undeservedly to be far less well known in the west than that of China and Japan. With this in mind, a special colloquium was held in Paris from 24 to 26 November, 1994, organized by the University of Paris 7 and the Korean Culture and Arts Foundation, with the cooperation of the Korean Studies Centre of the College de France. Bringing together Korean specialists - both publishers and translators - from different western countries, the aim of this important conference was to consider ways of introducing Korean literature to a wider audience. Speakers from Great Britain - represented by Kegan Paul and the translator Agnita Tennant - France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia and Australia - discussed many aspects of this fascinating field, above all the qualities that make Korean literature unique.
"In comparison with Japanese- and Chinese-American writers already forming the mainstream of Asian- American literature, there are not many Korean-American writers in the United States. Back in the early 1960s, Richard Kim (whose Korean name is Kim Un-kuk) published his first English novel, "The Martyred" in the United States. Also in the early 1960s, there was another Korean-born writer active in Australia, then a peripheral state in culture and art largely shadowed by British tradition. He is Dono Kim who published his first novel in English, "My Name Is Tian.""
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