Webinar - The Penguin Book of Korean Short Stories with Bruce Fulton, the Young-Bin Min Chair in Korean Literature and Literary Translation, University of British Columbia.
The Penguin Book of Korean Short Stories is the first volume of Korean literature among Penguin UK’s 3500-plus World Classics. Which reminds us that although Korean oral literature underlies much of the visual and performative elements that make Korean popular culture (hallyu) so engaging worldwide, Korean recorded literature still struggles for widespread acceptance both within and without Korea. Although a few Korean novels have gained a measure of commercial success in English translation in the new millennium, it is the Korean short story that remains the acme of Korean prose literature in the modern period.
About the Speaker
Bruce Fulton is the Young-Bin Min Chair in Korean Literature and Literary Translation, University of British Columbia. He is the co-translator, with Ju-Chan Fulton, of numerous works of modern Korean fiction; recipient of a 2018 Manhae Grand Prize in Literature; and co-author with Youngmin Kwon of What Is Korean Literature? (2020). He and Ju-Chan Fulton received the first U.S. National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship for a Korean literary work. His most recent book-length translation, with Ju-Chan Fulton, is the novel Togani by Gong Ji-young (2023). The Fultons’ translations of Korean short fiction appear in journals such as The Massachusetts Review, Granta, Ploughshares, and The Southern Review.
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