An Affair with Korea: Memories of South Korea in the 1960s

Hardcover | August 29, 2016

byVincent S. R. Brandt

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In 1966 Vincent S. R. Brant lived in Sokp'o, a poor and isolated South Korean fishing village on the coast of the Yellow Sea, carrying out social anthropological research. At that time, the only way to reach Sokp'o, other than by boat, was a two hour walk along foot paths. This memoir of his experiences in a village with no electricity, running water, or telephone shows Brandt's attempts to adapt to a traditional, preindustrial existence in a small, almost completely self-sufficient community. This vivid account of his growing admiration for an ancient way of life that was doomed, and that most of the villagers themselves despised, illuminates a social world that has almost completely disappeared.

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In 1966 Vincent S. R. Brant lived in Sokp'o, a poor and isolated South Korean fishing village on the coast of the Yellow Sea, carrying out social anthropological research. At that time, the only way to reach Sokp'o, other than by boat, was a two hour walk along foot paths. This memoir of his experiences in a village with no electricity...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:August 29, 2016Publisher:University of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295806613

ISBN - 13:9780295806617

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1 Introduction Upon the Handles of the Lock

2 The Song of Songs as Cultural Text From the European Enlightenment to Israeli Biblicism

3 Rechnitz's Botany of Love The Song of Seaweed

4 The Biblical Ethnographies of "Edo and Enam"and the Quest for the Ultimate Song

Epilogue Forevermore

AppendixNotesBibliography Index

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I can recommend this highly readable memoir without hesitation to anyone who would like to become immersed in the daily life of a pre-modern far-eastern society at a time when it was still largely pursuing its slow-paced ancient ways of life--and being able to do so through the eyes of a most engaging, perceptive and sympathetic witness.

- Arthur H. Westing - Brattleboro Reviews - 2014