Creative Women of Korea: The Fifteenth Through the Twentieth Centuries: The Fifteenth Through the Twentieth Centuries

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Routledge, Feb 24, 2015 - Education - 280 pages
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

1 Introduction
3
2 The Naehun and the Politics of Gender in FifteenthCentury Korea
26
The Foremost Woman Painter of the Chosŏn Dynasty
58
4 Hŏ Nansŏrhŏn and Shakespeares Sister
78
5 Demythologizing Hwang Chini
96
The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyŏng and Testimonial Literature
122
Womens Writings from the Late Chosŏn
142
Patchwork and Embroidered Pojagi by Unknown Korean Women
163
9 Kim Iryŏps Conflicting Worlds
174
Hahn MooSook and Her Literary World
192
Glossary
217
The Editor and Contributors
231
Index
235
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