LTEA 142 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Akutagawa Prize, Kims, Japanese Language

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22 May 2018
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Lecture 9, 04.20.2018
Korean Writers in Imperial Japan
Collaborating with Japan? Good or bad
Resistance, no access to the writings?
Orientalism (Said)
1970s: criticized the way scholars represented the East
Childish, in need of guidance
Always one step behind the west
Nation was not yet fit to rule itself
Kim Sa-ryang
From a middle-class Christian family in Pyongyang
Educated in Japanese, makes his literary debut in Japanese
Nominated for the Akutagawa Prize in literature (1940)
Eventually leaves Japan in 1941
Never really felt at home because he was forced to go to Japanese schools because they
were considered superior to Korean education
Killed himself
Was talented
Kis Ito the Light eodies the peuliar aiae of Koreas
The topi of Ki Sarags Ito the Light is the ethi psholog of the Korea
people
I Ki there is a strog fiatio o the arious partiularities of ad the fate fo the
Korea people [...] Ki Sarags orks are er lose to the leel of the Japaese. If I
were to compare the average in Korean and Manchurian literature, I would say that the
forer is just oe da ore gro up.
The idea that he should e gettig the prize just eause hes Korea
Assimilation policies
1938: Naisen Ittai policy: Japan and Korea as one body
Japanese language only education
Opening of the Imperial army to Korean volunteers
Attempts to introduce Shinto in the peninsula
Measures to have Koreans take up Japanese patronyms
Comparable to the whites/Native Americans
Rejects the Korean inside him, but still is conscious of his Korean identity?
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1970s: criticized the way scholars represented the east. Nation was not yet fit to rule itself. From a middle-class christian family in pyongyang. Educated in japanese, makes his literary debut in japanese. Nominated for the akutagawa prize in literature (1940) Never really felt at home because he was forced to go to japanese schools because they were considered superior to korean education. Korea(cid:374) people [] ki(cid:373) sar(cid:455)a(cid:374)g(cid:859)s (cid:449)orks are (cid:448)er(cid:455) (cid:272)lose to the le(cid:448)el of the japa(cid:374)ese. If i were to compare the average in korean and manchurian literature, i would say that the for(cid:373)er is just o(cid:374)e da(cid:455) (cid:373)ore (cid:858)gro(cid:449)(cid:374) up(cid:859). The idea that he should (cid:271)e getti(cid:374)g the prize just (cid:271)e(cid:272)ause he(cid:859)s korea(cid:374) 1938: naisen ittai policy: japan and korea as one body. Opening of the imperial army to korean volunteers. Attempts to introduce shinto in the peninsula. Measures to have koreans take up japanese patronyms.

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