Explain and examine the history of Korean literature and correlations between literary representation and major historical, political, and cultural events or shifts throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries both on and off the peninsula.

Explain and examine the history of Korean literature and correlations between literary representation and major historical, political, and cultural events or shifts throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries both on and off the peninsula. At the same time, we have focused within each individual work on the structural and stylistic elements that make it “work” as literature. For your seminar paper, you may conduct a purely formal analysis; or your paper may in some way address the relationship of literature to its socio-political and cultural context; or it may be a combination of the two. You are free to explore topics of your choice, but all topics and topic changes must be approved by the instructor.