By Sangjin Park
This research in comparative literature reinterprets and reevaluates literary texts and socio-historical transitions, relocating among the Korean, East Asian, and eu contexts (and with specific connection with the reception of Dante Alighieri within the East). within the strategy, it reexamines the universality of literary values and reopens the questions of what literature is and what it might probably do. via shut studying of texts, it goals to provide publicity to Korean literature, in the sort of approach as to draw extra recognition to the sector of global literature -- and to target what sort of dating they could shape and what new horizon of literariness they could build sooner or later. This paintings may help to place the geography of worldwide literature on a extra open and simply foundation, through exhibiting the porous nature of literary migration and offering the lacking hyperlinks within the present discourse on international literature.
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A Comparative Study of Korean Literature: Literary Migration by Sangjin Park