Plays of Colonial Korea

bySe-dok HamTranslated byJinhee Kim

March 31, 2007|
Plays of Colonial Korea by Se-dok Ham
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During the Japanese occupation of Korea, young intellectuals like Se-dŏk Ham, eager to transform the traditional Korean ways, introduced Western arts, philosophy, and technology and styled themselves as bringing enlightenment. It was in this edgy, tumultuous world that Ham's plays were first performed.

With the end of World War II and the collapse of the Japanese colonial government, Ham opted to side with North Korea. Subsequently, he was blacklisted for more than forty years in the South as a leftist and communist defector. Publication or performance of his works as well as any form of scholarly investigation into his life and work were banned until 1988. That year, on the eve of the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea "rehabilitated" him along with a number of other artists known to have supported communist North Korea.

The literary reputation of Ham is giving new impetus to a global examination of Korea's colonial literature and this is the first volume of his plays to be translated into English.

Title:Plays of Colonial Korea
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:148 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.34 in
Shipping dimensions:148 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.34 in
Published:March 31, 2007
Publisher:Camphor Press Ltd
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781788690331

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