Course Information

Title: Modern Korean Poetry Instructor: Wayne de Fremery
Wed. Fri. 3:00-4:45
Room: Xavier Hall, rm. 426
Directions to classroom

Office Hours:
Wed. and Fri. 10:15 am to noon; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Office: Xavier Hall, 403 
Syllabus Contact
The ancients tell us that poetry is meant to teach and delight. Korea's modern poets fascinate and inspire. We will read seminal modern authors and investigate significant poetic genres; each unit will center on a small number of literary texts, beginning with the work of contemporary North and South Korean poets. We will then work backward through time to explore poetic practice on the Korean peninsula during the last century. Supplementary readings have been chosen to aid those of you who may be engaging both Korean studies and the study of poetry for the first time. Secondary materials have also been selected to help articulate modern Korean poetry in relation to important literary and intellectual discussions from the last century. By the end of the course you will have honed your expository writing skills and kindled your poetic sense of wonder—a sense you may feel that you have lost (if only temporarily!). All readings will be in English. No previous knowledge of Korea or the Korean language is required; there are no prerequisites.