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Andrew L. Markus Memorial Lecture
Andrew L. Markus Memorial Lecture
WhenTuesday, May 21, 2019, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Campus locationKane Hall (KNE)
Campus room225
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsDepartment of Asian Languages and Literature


The Department of Asian Languages and Literature welcomes Professor John Treat as our 2019 Andrew L. Markus Memorial Lecture guest speaker. 

His lecture is titled, “Yi In-jik’s ‘The Widow’s Dream’ and the Origin of Modern Korean Literature in Japan."  

Modern literature in Korea has had many mentors, but perhaps none more so than the example of realist fiction in neighboring Japan. In recent years, scholarship has uncovered a 1902 Japanese-language short story, “The Widow’s Dream,” serialized in a provincial Japanese newspaper by the future Korean literary pioneer Yi In-jik (1862-1916). Yi, who would go on to write the 1906 masterwork of Korean “new fiction,” Tears of Blood, experimented with adapting Japanese literary techniques for the Korean language in “The Widow’s Dream.” This previously unknown short story is now acknowledged as the celebrated forerunner of Korea’s modern literature soon to follow.

This lecture is free and open to the public.  We hope to see you there!


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