Ko Un and the poetics of postcolonial identity

Bleiker, Roland and Hundt, David 2010, Ko Un and the poetics of postcolonial identity, Global society, vol. 24, no. 3, Special Issue: Aesthetics and Global Politics, pp. 331-349.

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Title Ko Un and the poetics of postcolonial identity
Author(s) Bleiker, Roland
Hundt, David
Journal name Global society
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Season Special Issue: Aesthetics and Global Politics
Start page 331
End page 349
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2010-07
ISSN 1360-0826
1469-798X
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
160607 International Relations
210302 Asian History
Socio Economic Objective 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, University of Kent
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