Divided Loyalties: Korean Literati between Yuan and Koryo
John Duncan - Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA
Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Room 312, Hall of Graduate Studies
320 York StreetNew Haven, CT 6511
During the period of Mongol suzerainty of Koryô (1270-1368), Korean literati found themselves caught between a commitment to a universal order symbolized by the Yuan empire and a sense of belonging to a particular socio-political and cultural collectivity represented by the Koryô kingdom. How such literati as Yi Chehyôn and Yi Kok endeavored to reconcile these divided loyalties reflected their particular historical circumstances but also showed interesting parallels with how Korean intellectuals of the 20th century grappled with similar problems under Japanese colonialism.
Japan, Korea, Transregional, Mongolia