Ko Un and the poetics of postcolonial identity

Roland Bleiker and David Hundt (2010) Ko Un and the poetics of postcolonial identity. Global Society, 24 3: 331-349. doi:10.1080/13600826.2010.485557

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Author Roland Bleiker
David Hundt
Title Ko Un and the poetics of postcolonial identity
Journal name Global Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-0826
Publication date 2010-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13600826.2010.485557
Open Access Status
Volume 24
Issue 3
Start page 331
End page 349
Total pages 19
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK
Publisher Carfax
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Ko Un is one of South Korea's most important writers of the past 50 years, and a poet whose work provides important insights into crucial linkages between language, identity and community. He lived through, chronicled and critically engaged most of the traumatic events his nation faced during the last century: a brutal colonial occupation by Japan; the division of the peninsula into communist North and capitalist South; an unusually devastating fraternal war; the integration of the divided peninsula into global Cold War politics; periods of authoritarian rule on both sides; and the more recent challenge to promote reconciliation. Some of these episodes challenged the very existence of Korea as a people, nation and state. Ko Un's poetry was part of a larger effort to regain a sense of being and national identity in the face of turmoil, war and globalisation. We argue that by engaging with these highly political issues Ko Un's work provides important clues about how to articulate notions of identity and community in a way that empathetically portrays other people and their identities. In doing so he offers an alternative to the prevailing inside/outside logic that often leads to problematic forms of nationalism.
Keyword Art
Identity construction
National identity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Global Society: journal of interdisciplinary international relations: Online publication date: 12 July, 2010.

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