Creative Women of Korea: The Fifteenth Through the Twentieth Centuries

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Young-Key Kim-Renaud
M.E. Sharpe, Sep 26, 2003 - Art
This book introduces important contributions in the humanities by a select group of traditional and modern Korean women, from the 15th through the 20th centuries. The literary and artistic works of these women are considered Korean classics, and the featured artists and writers range from a queen, to a courtesan, to a Buddhist nun, to unknown women of Korea. Although women's works were generally meant only to circulate among women, these creative expressions have caught the attention of literary and artistic connoisseurs. By bringing them to light, the book seeks to demonstrate how Korean women have tried to give their lives meaning over the ages through their very diverse, yet common artistic responses to the details and drama of everyday life in Confucian Korea. The stories of these women and their work give us glimpses of their personal views on culture, aesthetics, history, society, politics, morality, and more.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
The Naehun and the Politics of Gender in FifteenthCentury Korea
26
Sin Saimdang The Foremost Woman Painter of the Choson Dynasty
58
Ho Nansorhon and Shakespeares Sister
78
Demythologizing Hwang Chini
96
Private Memory and Public History The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong and Testimonial Literature
122
Kyubang Kasa Womens Writings from the Late Choson
142
A Celebration of Life Patchwork and Embroidered Pojagi by Unknown Korean Women
163
Kim Iryops Conflicting Worlds
174
Dialectics of Life Hahn MooSook and Her Literary World
192
Glossary
217
The Editor and Contributors
231
Index
235
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