Defining Korean Modernity's Literary Space - a reading of Pak Taewon's A Day of in the Life of Kubo the Novelist (소설가 구보씨의 일일)

Thursday, October 31, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Korea University, Asiatic Research Institute, Rm #310
Tour Leader: 
Simon Kim

Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch in cooperation with École française d'Extrême-Orient

Seoul Colloquium in Korean Studies

 Defining Korean Mondernity's Literary Space - 

A reading of Pak Taewon's

A Day of in the Life of Kubo the Novelist

(소설가 구보씨의 일일)

Venue:   Grand Conference Room (Room #310), Asiatic Research 

               Institute, Korea University (see detailed directions, below)

Everyone interested in Korean Studies is welcome, please share this information. No registration is needed.

A Day of in the Life of Kubo the Novelist was first published in the newspaper Chosun Ilbo from August 1st to September 19, 1934, at a time when Pak Taewon, who sometimes used the penname Kubo, begins to distance himself from the experimentations of his earlier writings within the Group of the Nine (guinhoe). Less “modernist” in its form, the wanderings of the semi-autobiographical figure Kubo the Novelist nevertheless help define a new modernity as a literary space. The novel follows a so-called novelist, Kubo, wandering around the streets of Seoul and sharing his thoughts as they come. By describing the streets his character walks by, Pak Taewon gives us a vivid testimony of the modernizing Seoul of the 1930s with its tramways and newly built department stores, but he also establishes a new kind of écriture that shares a lot with the “stream of consciousness” technique used in Western novels of that period.

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Simon Kim is Associate Professor at the French Language and Literature Department of Korea University, specializes in comparative approaches to Literature, including French and Korean Literatures. As a translator and editor, he has translated novels and short stories into French, most notably a selection of Kim Dong-in’s short-stories (Les Recherches du Professeur K et autres nouvelles) and Park Sang-ryung’s 죽음의  연구 (De morte). He is currently chief editor of a collection of Korean short-story writers at the Atelier des Cahiers publishing company.

We hope that many of you can come.

Elisabeth Chabanol
Key-young Son
Brother Anthony

Take Exit 1 from Korea University subway station, turn right onto the footpath leading up onto the campus.
   Walk straight up the road past LG Posco Hall, the Business School and Main Library (all on the right hand side).
   The Asiatic Research Institute is the building next after the Library (Building 39 on the Campus Map)

Seoul Colloquium in Korean Studies

The Seoul Colloquium in Korean Studies is jointly organized by the Seoul Center of the ÉFEO and the Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch (RASKB). Everyone interested in Korean Studies is welcome, please share this information. No registration is needed. 



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