Writers in both traditional China and Korea imagined amorous encounters between humans and fox spirits, ghosts, and fairies. This shared legacy began in fiction of the Tang and Song Dynasties (607 – 1276) and was transmitted to Korea during the Joseon Dynasty (1392 – 1910), where it helped to inspire or influence indigenous works with distinctive renderings of the themes. By reading examples of writing from both cultures, we will see how love in East Asia could transcend the boundaries between human and supernatural beings. We will also discuss paintings and illustrated woodblock prints on these themes from the two countries.
Primary reading materials will include Tang and Song Chinese tales (Youxianku, ca. 700), early Joseon Korean tales (Kum’o shinhwa, ca. 1500), and later Chinese and Korean tales (Liaozhao zhiyi, Ku’un mong, ca. 1740). Materials will be available online or a printed copy can be purchased for an additional charge.
Stephen Roddy is currently Professor of Modern Languages at the University of San Francisco where he teaches courses in the literature and culture in China and Japan. His recent research has covered topics on the Chinese civil examinations, literati tea (bunjincha) in Japan, Ming and Qing Dynasty fiction, essays, and poetry, and 19thcentury Chinese and Japanese writings about the West. He returns to SAA after teaching our Spring 2016 course on the Dream of the Red Chamber.
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