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Naturalistic Sensibility and Modern Korean Literature

Title: Naturalistic Sensibility and Modern Korean Literature: Kim Tongin.
Name(s): Kim, Hyunsue, 1970-, author
McElrath, Joseph R., professor directing dissertation
Cloonan, William J., outside committee member
Rowe, Anne, committee member
Bickley, Bruce, committee member
Shinn, Christopher, committee member
Department of English, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The purpose of this dissertation is to examine the origin of the naturalistic sensibility in modern Korean literature. To this end, this study focuses on the Korean writer Kim Tongin and his analogous relationship with his western forerunners of naturalism. An established opinion is that Korean naturalism is nothing but another name for fatalism, and that Korean naturalists misunderstand the nature of Euro-American naturalism. However, Kim's choice of subject matter, deterministic themes, and literary techniques typical of western naturalists, demonstrate his intellectual and artistic affinities with his western predecessors. After tracing the historical and cultural contexts of the early twentieth century in Korea through the sustained discussion of Kim's life, the dissertation explores the model writings of Émile Zola and Frank Norris, the canonical naturalists. Then, the following chapters are devoted to a discussion of Kim's canonical works, "A Sorrow of the Weak," "The Seaman's Chant," "Potatoes," "Frenzied Sonata" and "The Story of Kim Yŏnsil." Examining the three short stories and two novellas, this study highlights the ways in which this author achieves his ultimate goal of depicting the human animal governed by heredity, environment and chance development. The study concludes by claiming that Kim finds a great medium for capturing a realistic picture of colonial Korea in the style and method of literary naturalism.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3063 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2008.
Date of Defense: October 24, 2007.
Keywords: Modern Korean Literature, Kim Tongin, Naturalism, Comparative Literature
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Joseph R. McElrath, Professor Directing Dissertation; William J. Cloonan, Outside Committee Member; Anne Rowe, Committee Member; Bruce Bickley, Committee Member; Christopher Shinn, Committee Member.
Subject(s): English literature
English language
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Owner Institution: FSU

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