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Soaring Phoenixes and Prancing Dragons
Soaring Phoenixes and Prancing Dragons
Soaring Phoenixes and Prancing Dragons
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by James Hoyt

size: B5. publisher: Jimoondang, 2000.


About this book

This work is a historical survey of Korean literary tradition during the period of Chinese influence, i.e., from the beginning through the nineteenth century. It covers materials written by Koreans in Classical Chinese (which account for the major part of Korean literary activity during this period), as well as compositions in the Korean language. It has been entitled Soaring Phoenixes and Prancing Dragons after a Sino-Korean expression, kibongtunggyo, used in praise of literary titans. It is the story of the long and rich heritage of a talented and proud people. By reviewing nearly two thousand years of Korean literary history, this book identifies nine major characteristics of traditional Korean culture and society.


About the author

James Hoyt first came to Korea with the U.S. Sixth Infantry Division in 1945. He has been studying Korean culture ever since. He received his doctoral degree in Korean history from the University of California, Berkeley, where his teachers included Dr. George McCune and Dr. George Paik. For some years he served as Cultural Attaché at the American Embassy and Chairman of the Board of the Korean American Educational Commission (Fulbright Program). He has taught Korean history at eight colleges and universities and is currently on sabbatical leave from the U. of Hawaii. He is former President of the Korean Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. His Publications include his translation of Songs of the Dragons, the Korean national epic. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Academy of Korean Studies and member of the editorial team for the forthcoming English version of the Encyclopaedia of Korean Culture.

Table of contents

Chapter I Introduction

A. Korean Interest in National Literature
    1. Korean Language and Korean Nationalism
    2. Under Japanese Colonialism
    3. After Liberation
B. Geographical and Historical Background
    1. Geographic Setting
    2. Historical Environment
C. Korean Language, Scripts, and Literary Forms
    1. Nature of the Korean Language
    2. Chinese as the Literary Language of Korea
    3. Development of Korean Scripts
    4. Korean Literary Forms
Chapter II The Three Kingdoms Period and Unified Silla (from the Beginning to 918 A.D.)

A. Hanmun, or Literature in Chinese
    1. Introduction of Chinese Characters
    2. King Yuri and His "Song of the Yellow Birds"
    3. The Stele of King Kwanggaet'o
    4. Early History
    5. Ulchi Mundok and His "Verse for the Sui General"
    6. Queen Chindok's "Song of Peace"
    7. Wonhyo and Reconciliation
    8. Uisang's Magic Mandala
    9. "Wish for the Unique Vehicle"
    10. Sol Ch'ong's "Admonition to the King of Flowers"
    11. Hyech'o's Travel Journal
    12. Other Koreans in T'ang China
    13. The Occult Writings of Toson
    14. Ch'oe Ch'i-won and His Cassia Garden
B. Vernacular Poetry
    1. The Dawn of Korean Poetry
    2. King Mu's Prophetic Ditty
    3. Wolmyong on the Unavoidability of Death
    4. Huimyong's Prayer
    5. "Song of Ch'oyong"
    6. "Song of Chong-up"
    7. Sijo Attributed to Historical Figures
Chapter III The Koryo Period (918-1392)

A. Hanmun, or Literature in Chinese
    1. Buddhist Literature of the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries
    2. The Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries: Political Instability and the Maturity of Koryo Culture
    3. The Fourteenth Century: Neo-Confucianism Challenges Buddhist Dominance
B. Vernacular Literature
    1. Kyunyo's Hyangga
    2. "Laments for Two Generals" by King Yejong
    3. Kyonggi-hayo-ga
    4. "Song of ChOng Kwajong"
    5. "Song of Ch'oyong"
    6. Popular Songs
    7. Kasa: Hyegun and the "Ox Herding Song"
    8. Silo Lyricism
Chapter IV Early Choson Dynasty (1392-1494)

A. Hanmun, or Literature in Chinese
    1. Architects of the Dynasty under T'aejo, Chongjong and T'aejong (1392-1418)
    2. The Golden Age under King Sejong and His Successors of the Fifteenth Century
B. Vernacular Literature
    1. From the Beginning of the Dynasty to the Invention of Han'gul, 1392-1443
    2. Correct Sounds for Teaching the People
    3. Songs of the Dragons
    4. Songs of the Moon and Other Buddhist Texts
    5. Silo Lyrics Associated with the Murder of the Boy-king
    6. Chong Kug-in and the "Song of Spring"
Chapter V Internal Disorganization and Japanese Invasion 1494-1608

A. Hanmun, or Literature in Chinese
    1. The Tyranny of Yonsan-gun
    2. Chungjong: Reform and Reaction
    3. Myongjong and Sonjo: Factionalism, Escapism and War
B. Vernacular Literature
    1. Cho Kwang-jo and Kim An-guk: Politics and Pedagogy
    2. Hwang Chin-i and Her Admirers
    3. Scholars in Retirement
    4. ChOng Ch'ol, Greatest of Korean Poets
    5. Voices from the Demimonde and from the Women's Quarters
    6. Ho Kyun and the First Novelette
    7. The Winds of War
Chapter VI Economic Exhaustion and Literary Ferment (1609-1724)

A. Hanmun, or Literature in Chinese
    1. Confucianists at Court and Hedonists in Exile
    2. The Kim Clan of Andong
    3. Belletrists and Positivists
B. Vernacular Literature
    1. Laments of the Exiled
    2. Silo of the Manchu Invasions
    3. Yun Son-do, Greatest of Silo Poets
    4. Wine and Resignation
    5. Popular Buddhism
Chapter VII Late Choson Dynasty (1724-1896): Intellectual Revival, Popularization and Decay

A. Hanmun, or Literature in Chinese
    1. The Popularization of Poetry in Chinese
    2. Broad-ranging Scholarship
    3. Pak Chi-won and the Short Story
    4. The Four Greats of Yongjong
    5. ChOng Yag-yong and His Intimates
    6. More Scholars and Poets
    7. Ch'oe Che-u and Eastern Learning
    8. The Prince Regent
B Vernacular Literature
    1. Development of the Novel
    2. Court Autobiography
    3. Compilation of Poetic Anthologies: The Remarkable Triumvirate
    4. Yi Chong-bo on Spring and Autumn
    5. Almanacs and Travelogues in Poetry and Prose
    6. Sin Chae-hyo and the Development of Dramatic Literature
    7. Songs from Yongdam
    8. The Taewon-gun and His Favorites
    9. The End of a Tradition
Chapter VIII Conclusion: Characteristics of Korean Classical Literature

A. A Literature of Escape
B. A Literature of Protest
C. A Literature of the Supernatural
D. A Literature of Didacticism
E. A Literature of Femininity and Passivity
F. A Literature of Poetry and Music
G. A Literature of Melancholy and Pessimism
H. A Literature of Anguish
I. A Literature of Ethnic Consciousness and Nationalism

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