By Sangjin Park
This research 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 may well do. through shut analyzing of texts, it goals to offer publicity to Korean literature, in any such approach as to draw extra consciousness to the sphere of global literature -- and to target what sort of dating they could shape and what new horizon of literariness they could build sooner or later. This paintings can assist to place the geography of worldwide literature on a extra open and simply foundation, by way of displaying the porous nature of literary migration and offering the lacking hyperlinks within the present discourse on global literature.
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This type of continuous negation differs from other models of construction of the hegemonic center such as “Datsu-A Ron” (Leaving Asia) by Fukuzawa Yukichi (Blacker) or the discourse by Takeuchi Yoshimi that I described above (Calichman). 23. For example, a Japanese hero of the Russo-Japanese War was highlighted in Shiba Ryotaro’s historical novel Saka no ue no Kumo serialized in Sankei Shimbun from 1968 to 1972. Nowadays, the prime minister Koismi Junichiro’s worship in Yaskuni Shrine, China’s Anti-Secession Law aimed at Taiwan and Korea’s “hereditary victimhood” are also examples of solid nationalism.
Those employing the term “Keun-dai” tend to think that modernity is a historical process and so, something to be overcome, while those who adopt “Hyun-dai” tend to be interested in the aspects of contemporariness which can also be found in Korean modern history. It seems, then, that the concept of modernity is somewhat confused in Korean society. On the other hand, it is also true that modernity has had an absolute or objectified meaning in Korea. In other words, modernity has been sought after but has always been outside Korea.
16 His argument is that Asia was able to obtain its identity retrospectively, relying on Europe after Europe’s invasion, and that Asia’s defeat was connected with Asia’s possibilities. 17 According to Takeuchi Yoshimi, the modernization and establishment of an identity in Asia was possible through the work of resisting the West on its outside but accepting the core of the modern West by overcoming feudal-reactionary hereditary institutions on its inside. 18 Therefore, Takeuchi Yoshimi tended to go toward the modern nationstate by excessively idealizing China.