THE GEORGE WASHINGTON
The 16th Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium
in the Korean
Tradition and Modernity in Korean Literature
the Work of Hahn Moo-Sook (1918-1993)
Saturday, November 8, 2008, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Harry Harding Auditorium
1957 E Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20052
Saturday, November 8, 2008
"tradition and modernity in korean literature: the work
of Hahn Moo-Sook"
Remarks, S. Robert Ramsey
Session I Young-Key Kim-Renaud, Chair
9:40-10:15 Yim Hunyoung,
Korean History in Hahn Moo-Sook’s
10:15-10:50 Chan E Park, “Flow and Irony: Locating Literary Modernity in Hahn
Moo-Sook’s Retrospective Gazes”
Session II R. Richard Grinker, Chair
Thiébault, “Hahn Moo-Sook’s
Call for ‘True’ Humanity: Meditation with Tasan Chŏng Yag-Yong in her Novel Encounter”
Session III Gregg Brazinsky, Chair
12:05-12:30 General Discussion
at Lindner Family Commons on the 6th fl. Korean food is
Robert Ramsey is Director
of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Maryland.
He is Professor of Japanese and East Asian Linguistics and Chair of the
Department of Asian and East European Languages and Cultures; School of
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Ramsey received his Ph.D. in linguistics
from Yale University in 1975. He specializes in
East Asian linguistics, historical linguistics and sociolinguistics, Japanese
linguistics, and Korean linguistics. His publications include (as editor) a Special
Issue in Honor of Samuel E. Martin, Japanese Language and Literature
(2004); and (with Iksop Lee) The Korean Language (2000). Ramsey's other
works include: Accent and Morphology in Korean Dialects. Tower Press (Seoul) 1978; The Languages of China, Princeton
University Press 1989; Chugoku no shogengo Taishukan Shoten (Tokyo), 1990.
Park is Associate
Professor of Korean Language, Literature, and Performance Studies at The Ohio
State University. She received her PhD from University of Hawai‛i.
Her specialization is research and performance of p’ansori, Korean story-singing, its performance in transnational
context in particular, related oral narrative/lyrical/dramatic traditions, and
their places in the shaping of modern Korean literature. Park’s publications
include Voices from the Straw Mat: Toward
and Ethnography of Korean Story Singing (University of Hawai‛i Press,
Philippe Thiébault is
a visiting professor of Asian Studies at Sejong University.
He received his Ph.D. from Sungkyunkwan University in East Asian Philosophy. He has taught
courses on Chinese classics, Korean Philosophy, Comparative Ethics and East
Asian Culture at Konkuk, Yonsei and Hanyang
Universities in Korea, the University
of Southern California,
Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium,
and Lyon in France.
He is the author of La
Pensée Coréenne [Korean Thought]
(Autres Temps, 2006), Confucius et le devenir-homme [Confucius and Becoming a True Man] (Louvain, 2007) and the
translator into French of Mannam by
Hahn Moo-Sook, Rencontre
[Encounter] (Autres Temps, 2005), and of Mongminsimsŏ by Tasan, L’art de gouverner [The Art of Government] (Autres Temps, 2007). He
held the Chiang Ching-Kuo Chair
on Chinese Civilization for 001-2002 at Louvain-la-Neuve University.
received a B.A. and an M.A. on Modern Korean Literature from Joongang University, where he currently teaches the subject as adjunct professor. He
is the past President of the Association of Korean Literary Critics and the current president of the Institute for Research in Collaborationist
Activities and also that of the World Korean Writers
Network. He has served as the Executive Editor of various
literary journals and magazines including Korean
Literary Criticism, Books and Life, and Sees (Prelude). A prolific
writer and literary critic, Yim is the author of han’guk hyŏndae munhak sasangsa [The History of
Modern Literary Thought in Korea] (Han’gilsa, Seoul, 1988) and twenty other books and numerous articles and
Don Baker teaches Korean history and religion in the
Department of Asian Studies at the University of British
Columbia. He received his Ph.D. in Korean history
from the University
of Washington. He is the
author of Korean Spirituality (University of Hawai‛i
Press, 2008) as well as numerous articles on Tasan Chŏng Yagyong, Korean
religion, and traditional Korean science. He was a co-editor of the
Sourcebook of Korean Civilization (Columbia University Press, 1993) and is also the author of Chosŏn hugi
yugyo wa ch’ŏnjugyo ǔi taerip [The
Confrontation between Confucianism and Catholicism in the Latter Half of the Chosŏn Dynasty] (Iljogak, 1997), a collection of ten of his articles on
Korean history in Korean translation.
Young-chan Ro is Associate Professor and Chair of the Religious
Studies Department at George
He received his B.A from Yonsei University (Korea),
an M.Th. from Union
Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research
interests include History of Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Comparative
Religion, Chinese Philosophies and Religious Traditions, Cross Cultural Study
of Religions, East Asian Religions, Confucianism, Daoism, Mysticism and
Religious Dialogue. Dr. Ro authored The
Korean Neo-Confucianism of Yi Yulgok (SUNY Press, 1987) and co-authored The Four-Seven Debate: The Most Famous
Controversy in Korean Neo-Confucianism (SUNY Press, 1995).
is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia
where she teaches both Korean and comparative literature and Korean and
Japanese cinema. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Pennsylvania
and a Ph.D. in foreign language education from the University of Georgia.
Her research areas include Korean literature and film, Irish drama, and
Buddhist monasticism. Yi’s publications
include Piguni wa han’guk munhak
[Buddhist Nuns and Korean Literature] (Yemunsŏwŏn, Seoul, 2008).
Roy Richard Grinker is Professor of Anthropology and
International Affairs, and Human Sciences at GW. He received his Ph.D. in
Social Anthropology from Harvard
University in 1989 with a
specialization in African Studies. His publications include Houses in the Rainforest, Korea and Its Futures: Unification and the
Unfinished War, In the Arms of
Africa, and Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture,
History and Representation.
He worked extensively on North-South Korean relations and in 1997 he testified
before Congress on the issue of North Korean defectors' adaptation to South
Korean society. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Anthropological Quarterly. His book, Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism (NY: Basic Books,
2007) was published in Korean as Natsŏlji
anǔn kǔdǔl in Korea
in early 2008.
Young-Key Kim-Renaud is Professor of Korean Language and Culture and
International Affairs and Chair of the East
Asian Languages and Literatures Department at GW.
her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University
of Hawai‘i. A theoretical linguist with a broad interest
in the Korean humanities and Asian affairs, she is Editor-in-Chief of Korean Linguistics,
and serves on various Asia-related boards. Her publications include Creative Women of
Korea: The Fifteenth to the Twentieth Century (M.E. Sharpe, 2004) and
eight other books, numerous book chapters and journal articles. In 2006
Kim-Renaud received a Republic of Korea
Jade Order of Cultural Merit. Most recently, she received the Bichumi
Grand Award from Samsung Life Foundation as a Woman of the Year 2008 for Public
Gregg Brazinsky is Associate Professor of History and International
Affairs at GW. Professor Brazinsky's first book, Nation Building in South Korea: Koreans, Americans and the
Making of a Democracy, appeared in the fall of 2007 from the University of North Carolina Press. Professor
Brazinsky is now pursuing research on the cultural impact of the Korean War in America, Korea
and China and Sino-American
competition in the Third World. He serves as
Co-director of the George Washington University Cold War Group.
Colloquium in the Korean Humanities series at GW provides a forum for academic
discussion of Korean arts, history, language, literature, thought and religious
systems in the context of East Asia and the
world. The Colloquium series is made possible by an endowment established by
the estate of Hahn Moo-Sook (1918-1993), one of Korea’s most honored writers, in
order to uphold her spirit of openness, curiosity, and commitment to education.
The 16th HMS colloquium
is co-sponsored by GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Sigur Center
for Asian Studies, and Institute for Ethnographic Research.
is open to the public free of charge. However, reservations are required.
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The George Washington
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