By Sangjin Park
This examine in comparative literature reinterprets and reevaluates literary texts and socio-historical transitions, relocating among the Korean, East Asian, and ecu contexts (and with specific connection with the reception of Dante Alighieri within the East). within the approach, it reexamines the universality of literary values and reopens the questions of what literature is and what it will probably do. via shut interpreting of texts, it goals to provide publicity to Korean literature, in this kind of method as to draw extra cognizance to the sphere of worldwide literature -- and to target what sort of courting they could shape and what new horizon of literariness they could build sooner or later. This paintings might help to place the geography of worldwide literature on a extra open and simply foundation, by way of exhibiting the porous nature of literary migration and delivering the lacking hyperlinks within the present discourse on international literature.
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A Comparative Study of Korean Literature: Literary Migration by Sangjin Park