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Poetry in motion : Ko Un and Korean democratisation

Hundt, David 2008, Poetry in motion : Ko Un and Korean democratisation, in Profiles in courage : political actors & ideas in contemporary Asia, Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne, Vic., pp.43-54.

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Title Poetry in motion : Ko Un and Korean democratisation
Author(s) Hundt, David
Title of book Profiles in courage : political actors & ideas in contemporary Asia
Editor(s) Davies, Gloria
D'Cruz, J.V.
Hollier, Nathan
Publication date 2008
Chapter number 3
Total chapters 17
Start page 43
End page 54
Total pages 12
Publisher Australian Scholarly Publishing
Place of Publication North Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) South Korean politics
Ko Un
poetry
political protest
democracy
democratisation
Summary This essay focuses on the poet and intellectual Ko Un, a prominent nationalist and critic of successive authoritarian regimes in Korea. Ashis Nandy gleaned insights into colonial India by investigating the lives of individuals who were emblematic of British colonialism. For instance Nandy focused on Rudyard Kipling to explain how colonialism damaged both Indians and the English who were complicit to it. Similarly, I intend to use the life and literary output of Ko Un to glean insights into Korea’s fight for democracy in the context of the onset of modernisation. Through his political activism and writing Ko celebrated the lives of ordinary Koreans, including his one-time prison mate Kim Dae-jung and numerous political activists, workers, and farmers. He linked their struggle for democracy to a much longer quest to preserve what he considered to be the unique and invaluable aspects of the Korean national character.
ISBN 1740971760
9781740971768
Language eng
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
169903 Studies of Asian Society
Socio Economic Objective 950502 Understanding Asia's Past
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Australian Scholarly Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016933

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