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Translation’s Forgotten History

Translation’s Forgotten History

Russian Literature, Japanese Mediation, and the Formation of Modern Korean Literature

Heekyoung Cho

ISBN 9780674660045

Publication date: 03/28/2016

Translation’s Forgotten History investigates the meanings and functions that translation generated for modern national literatures during their formative period and reconsiders literature as part of a dynamic translational process of negotiating foreign values. By examining the triadic literary and cultural relations among Russia, Japan, and colonial Korea and revealing a shared sensibility and literary experience in East Asia (which referred to Russia as a significant other in the formation of its own modern literatures), this book highlights translation as a radical and ineradicable part—not merely a catalyst or complement—of the formation of modern national literature. Translation’s Forgotten History thus rethinks the way modern literature developed in Korea and East Asia. While national canons are founded on amnesia regarding their process of formation, framing literature from the beginning as a process rather than an entity allows a more complex and accurate understanding of national literature formation in East Asia and may also provide a model for world literature today.

Praise

  • Translation’s Forgotten History powerfully unpacks the overlooked translation and retranslation regimes central to the formation of modern Korean literature in the early twentieth century. Offering a rich translational analysis of movements among Korean, Japanese, and Russian literary texts, this book opens up a new understanding of both the process of imagining ‘national literatures’ in East Asia and the global politics of translation itself.

    —Theodore Hughes, Columbia University

Author

  • Heekyoung Cho is Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Book Details

  • 264 pages
  • 0-7/8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Asia Center

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