Korean Literature Symposium: Crossing Borders


Friday, May 2, 2014, 8:50am to 5:30pm


Harvard Faculty Club Reading Room, 20 Quincy St.

In honor of Professor David McCann, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Literature

Sponsored by Korea Institute, Harvard University
Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Harvard University Asia Center

8:15 – 8:45  Breakfast & Registration

8:50 – 9:00  Introductory Remarks by Professor Sun Joo Kim

9:00 – 10:45   Session I: Form and Freedom in Korean Literature
Moderator: Sun Joo Kim (Harvard University)
Discussants: Edwin Cranston (Harvard University), Xiaofei Tian (Harvard University), Bruce Fulton (University of British Columbia)

Seung-Hee Jeon (Yonsei University)
Creative Adaptation of Traditional Korean Sijo Forms in Contemporary English Sijo Poems: A Study of Prosodic Experimentations in David R. McCann’s English Sijo Poems from the Perspective of Generative Metrics Theory

Young-Jun Lee (Kyung Hee University)
Always Present: Unredeemable Time in Modern Korean Literature

Sunghee Kim (Harvard University)
Use and Utility: New Hermeneutic Possibilities and Ethical Inquiries in the Study of North Korean Literature

10:45 – 11:00  Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:15  Session II: Voices from the Margins  
Moderator: Paul Y. Chang (Harvard University)
Discussants: Mark Peterson (Brigham Young University), Peter Lee (University of California, Los Angeles) 

Ellie Choi (Cornell University)
Northern silhyangmin (西北 失鄕民) writers in colonial Keijō

Ivanna Yi (Harvard University)
Creating the Self with the Other: Empathy and the Imagination in Anton Chekhov, William Faulkner, and Shin Kyung-Sook

12:15 – 1:30  Lunch (Keynote Speech by Korea Foundation Executive Vice President Nam-jin Zeon)

1:30 – 3:15   Session III: Materiality of Literature
Moderator: Yoon Sun Yang (Boston University)
Discussants: Stephen Owen (Harvard University), Kyeong-Hee Choi (THe University of Chicago), Alexander Zahlten (Harvard University)

Jamie Jungmin Yoo (Harvard University)
Location of Texts: Sino-Korean Book Circulation and Reception of Ming and Qing Literature in Late 18th-Century Korea

Jiwon Shin (Arizona State University)
Chinese Image, Korean Text, and Cultural Objects in Circulation, 1800’s-1940’s

Wayne de Fremery (Sogang University)
Graph, Map & Tree—New (and Old) Algorithms for Performing Korean Literature

3:15 – 3:30  Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:15  Session IV: History and Literature
Moderator: Carter J. Eckert (Harvard University)
Discussants: Karen Thornber (Harvard University), Mi-Ryong Shim (Harvard University), Christopher Hanscom (University of California, Los Angeles)

John M. Frankl (Yonsei University)
Liberated by Oppression: Colonial Korea between the United States and Japan

Jung Ja Choi (Harvard University)
Playing with Voices: Rewriting Women’s History in Ko Chŏnghŭi’s Poetry

Ji-Eun Lee (Washington University in St. Louis)
Searching for Memory: Writing Trauma in Post-1987 Korean Literature

5:15 – 5:30  Closing Remarks by Professor David R. McCann

The Korea Institute acknowledges the generous support of the Sunshik Min Endowment for the Advancement of Korean Literature.