Teaching Assistant: Kathryn Page-Lippsmeyer, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Class Hours: F 10:00-10:50 am/ 11:00-11:50 am Classroom: VKC 207
Office: THH 361 Office Hours: WF 12:00-1:30 pm
This course explores fundamental patterns of Korean literature and culture from the ancient times to the modern era. Our readings will combine some of the finest masterpieces in the Korean literary tradition—from ancient myths and medieval love songs to modern and contemporary novels and poems—with core historical documents such as royal edicts, political memorials, and manifestoes of peasant revolutions. We will approach each literary work at once as a writer’s intellectual and artistic testimony and as a window into the culture and sensibilities of its time. The readings will be accompanied by the slide presentation of artworks and the screening of films. This class will combine lecture with discussion, and students will be strongly encouraged to participate. All the works will be read in English translation, and no knowledge of the Korean language is required.
Accommodation for Students with Disabilities:
Any student requesting academic accommodations based on a disability is required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DSP. Please be sure the letter is delivered to me or the TA as early in the semester as possible. DSP is located in STU 301 and is open 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number for DSP is (213) 740-0776.
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism: University policies concerning academic dishonesty will be strictly enforced, and students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with these policies. Plagiarism and/or cheating on exams is subject to the sanctions set forth in the Student Conduct Code and may include expulsion or suspension from the university. For a detailed description of plagiarism and other types of academic dishonesty and the sanctions pertaining thereto, please refer to “Trojan Integrity: A Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism”: http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/SJACS/forms/tig.pdf.
The use of a laptop computer or a cell phone during the class is prohibited. Please turn off your laptops and cell phones before the beginning of the class.
Required Texts: Check with the Trojan Bookstore for their availability.
Kyung Moon Hwang, History of Korea (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)
Kim Manjung, Kuummong: The Cloud Dream of the Nine (Kurodahan Press, 2003)
Ann Sung-hui Lee, Yi Kwang-su and Modern Korean Literature: Mujŏng (Cornell East Asia Series, 2005)
Sunyoung Park and Jefferson Gatrall, trans. anded. On the Eve of the Uprising and Other Stories from Colonial Korea (Cornell East Asia Series, June 2010) [U]
Michael J. Pettid, trans. and ed. Unyŏngjŏn: A Love Affiar at Royal Palace of Chosŏn Korea (U.C. REGENTS, 2009)
Course Reader [R] Purchase at Magic Machine University Graphics, University Village Entrance #1 (behind Berger King), 3309 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles. (213) 744-1511
1. Attendance: Attendance is mandatory. More than five absences, including excused ones and those from discussion sessions, will result in your final grade falling by one third of a grade (e.g. from A to A-, B+ to B, etc.). Also, persistent tardiness will have a negative effect on your evaluation.
2. Participation (10%): Your active participation is essential for the success of this course. You are responsible for reading all assigned materials before coming to class, and you should make your best effort to contribute positively to class discussion.
3. Midterm and Final Exams (25% each): We will have a midterm exam on October 9 and a final on December 16. The exam questions will be based on our readings, lectures, and class discussions. The exams will require you to identify major literary and historical figures, identify and discuss excerpts, and answer essay questions. There will be no review session, but exam keynotes will be made available a week before the exam.
4. Response Paper (20%): Students are required to visit the Korean Art Gallery of LACMA at least once during the semester and write a response paper (6 pages; 1200 words in max) about their experience. Please submit your essay with the admission ticket stapled on the last page. The essay should discuss your observation of artefactsin relation to class materials. You can take either analytical or creative approach to this assignment. For an analytical essay, choose a theme of your choice and through a careful analysis of your sources, write an essay in which you defend a clear and interesting thesis about your theme. Examples of an acceptable theme include—but are not limited to—mythological and shamanistic belief, Buddhist culture, the nature of monarchy, Confucian ethics and aesthetics, gender roles, and the relationship between Korea and its East Asian neighbors. Alternatively, you may also choose to write a more creative piece, in which you reconstruct a day in the life of a Korean who lived in a specific dynasty. If you choose the latter, your narrative should be as original and concrete as possible in the details of periodical customs, values, and material culture. The essay is due on September 30 for both online and hard-copy submission.
5. Critical Essay (20%): For this assignment, students will either write an essay (6 pages; 1200 words in max) in response to the instructor’s prompt or choose their own topic after consulting the instructor. The essay should involve an analysis of at least two cultural texts, at least one of which is literary. The texts should be drawn from the modern era, or the twentieth century onward. You may choose to compare a Korean text with that of another country. Recommended topics will be made available two weeks prior to the submission deadline, November 25.
6. Extra Credit Activities:Students may earn extra credits by attending select on-campus Korean cultural events and posting a one-paragraph response to the course webpage. The response should include your personal observation of and reflection on the event. A plain summary of an event may disqualify your posting for the credit. The list of qualified events will be announced during the semester.
■ Grading Scale for Essays
A 100-90 %
creative, original analysis; well-organized, articulate writing; perfect or near-perfect documentation