Korean Literature Now in `Dialectical' Transition amid New Social Reality
Korean literature has undergone rapid changes amid the political and social upheavals during the last few decades.
In the 1980s, when political issues were a main theme of Korean literary works, they often featured the labor class and students suffering from the dictatorship. Some of the progressive writers were detained, with their works subject to censorship.
But with the democratization in the 1990s, the social or political engagement stopped serving as one of literary causes, with writers turning their eyes from politics and society to themselves and their private lives.
In the 2000s, the ``introversion'' still remains a dominant feature in literary works.
According to Choi Won-shik, a literary critic and managing director of Changbi, a representative literary magazine which advocated …
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Publication information: Article title: Korean Literature Now in `Dialectical' Transition amid New Social Reality. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Korea Times (Seoul, Korea). Publication date: February 8, 2001. Page number: Not available. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2001 Gale Group.
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