A History of Korea by Kyung Moon Hwang

By Kyung Moon Hwang

A background of Korea

by Kyung Moon Hwang

Length: 328 pages

A concise, vigorous background of Korea,which explores the richness of Korean civilization from the traditional period via to the jarring transformation that ended in unique trajectories in the course of the glossy international. Chapters stream either chronologically and thematically, masking issues corresponding to id, gender and family.


'Hwang increases questions at each flip and demanding situations the reader to have interaction with concerns that lively earlier generations, concerns that obstacle us this present day, and concerns that impinge on our collective destiny in a global the place Korea and Koreans matter.' - James B. Lewis, Lecturer in Korean heritage, college of Oxford

About the Author

KYUNG MOON HWANG is affiliate Professor within the division of historical past on the collage of Southern California, united states. he's the writer of past start: Social prestige within the Emergence of contemporary Korea (Harvard college Press, 2004).

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Excellent textbook of Korean background with a unprecedented periodical stability: I used this publication for my introductory path on Korean tradition, which lined from the Tan'gun delusion via hallyu (the Korean Wave). It did a very good activity as a historical past interpreting, and my scholars truly loved studying it, too. The ebook has 3 major strengths. so far as i will be able to inform, it bargains a such a lot up-to-date account of significant debates within the box. additionally, reflective of the services of its writer, a Harvard-educated, comprehensive historian of early smooth Korea, the e-book has its chapters frivolously divided among premodern and glossy sessions. this can be a infrequent advantage that has been missing in prior one-volume Korean background textbooks. in reality, this accomplished assurance was once the most cause I followed it as my textbook within the first position, after having used different significant titles. eventually, I accept as true with my scholars that the writer is a wonderful storyteller. He manages to supply an in-depth account of every interval via a concise and well-chosen episode. As an teacher, i'm relatively completely satisfied that this ebook got here out.

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Even in the nineteenth century, mechanistic materialism was never unproblematic, as it was continuously challenged, first by Romanticism and later by revived vitalism in the last decades. It is, furthermore, inaccurate to say that there was a preference for female automata in fiction of the period. As examples of stories with female automata, Huyssen points to such works as Jean Paul’s “Ehefrau als bloßem Holze” (1789), Ludwig Achim von Arnim’s “Isabella von Ägypten” (1800), E. T. A. 30 But among many examples of automaton stories from the same period with male automata there are Jean Paul’s “Personalien vom Bedienten- und Maschinen Mann” (1798), E.

Hoffmann’s “Die Automate” (1814), Charles Nodier’s “Voyage pittoresque et industriel dans le Paraguay-Roux et la palingénésie australe” (1836), Jules Verne’s “Maître Zacharias” (1854), Herman Melville’s “The Bell-Tower” (1855), William Douglas O’Connor’s “The Brazen Android” (1891), and Ambrose Bierce’s “Moxon’s Master” (1893). So the preference for stories with female automata is Huyssen’s, not that of nineteenth-century literature, since they presage the robot figure in Metropolis in a way that is consistent with his theory.

23 But what is lacking in the Jentsch and Freud essays is an explanation of how the automaton can switch from being a frightening, uncanny thing in one context to an amusing and fascinating object in another. This is crucial because both of their analyses, as they apply specifically to the automaton, raise the following questions. If the object is such an uncanny thing, why do we, as adults, keep making automata, writing about them, and producing movies that feature them, with so much pleasure?

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