Literary criticism

To Embrace the 21st Century, written by Byung-Ik Kim , 2001

A self-proclaimed 20th century man, literary critic Byung-Ik Kim gives an outlook of the “brave new world” for the 21st century generation! This is a message of reconciliation and acceptance at the turning point of a paradigm, from a critic who does not hide his confusion or doubt.

Treading Slowly in the Literature Woods, written by Saeng-Geun Oh , 2003

“Poets and writers may seem like slow walkers in the speedy modern society. But I tried to show that they criticize the dehumanization effect of speed with their thoughtful steps, and that they penetrate the truth of the age and rebel sincerely for the transition of life.”

The Truth of Fake, Its Illusion, written by Joo-Youn Kim , 1998

It shows a vision of love and understanding that jumps over the generation gap. A professor of the German language, the author analyzes the works and characters of the 1990’s with polished style and prominent point of view.

The Falsehood of Life and the Truth of Fiction, written by Chi-Soo Kim , 2000

As a French literary scholar and literary critic, the author shows us where the critical truth locates in. He thought which Korean novels have been forming the grand flow in the mean time. He also shows a wide view on Korean literature of the past 50 years.

The Poverty of Literature, written by Min-Yup Sung , 1988

The third collection of critical essays from an author who elucidates the problematic condition on literature, and the relationship between society and language through scientific method and practical approach.

Magellan in the Grave, written by Gwa-Ri Jung , 1999

This book deals with Korean poets and poetry of the 1990’s. The author tells us that, unlike novels which enjoyed their prosperity with the invasion of the culture industry, poetry embodied the fatal crisis of literature all by itself.

Historical Life and Criticism, written by Jeong-Sun Hong , 1986

The first collection of criticism from an 1980’s critic who sheds light on the literary topology in Korea. The author shares deep thoughts on how historical context of the 1980’s has been manifested in Korean literature. The book won the Korean Literature Award for new critics in 1987.

Defending the Vagueness, written by Oh-Ryong Gwon , 1992

The second collection of criticism from the author who studied the existence of literature within the relationships between various conditions of the modern society seriously. Prospects on the society and the literature in the 1990’s, and the organic relation of reality and literature are studied carefully in 22 writings divided into 4 sections.

Living Alone Together, written by Chan-Jae Wu , 2003
“These writings are my traces of “living alone together”. They started out of me, but they can’t be me. Or they are traces brought from the voices of the others.” A discourse on reality and literature of the Millennium Age.

Moving Absence, written by Gwang-Ho Yi , 2001

The writings in this book relates to literature “after the 90’s”. It reflects on conventional terms which prescribes “the 1990’s Literature”. The author claims “the cultural subversion and plurality of the 1990’s literature should be respected, and the effort on weakening it should be criticized.”

Sneer and Fascination, written by Dong-Shik Kim , 2002

The first collection of criticism by Dong-Shik Kim, a literary critic. He sneers at literature but is fascinated by it at the same time. The anguish and love of a critique can be found in every writing. The author digs out the literary works and gets the origin of the creative process, and then he generalize the works’ characteristics with synchronic and diachronic structure.

Hurt and Stare, written by Hye-Kyung Park , 1997

A writer’s collection of criticism claiming “writing is a process of worsening the wound not of healing”. The author painfully confirms that her life is a wound, which should be endured.