By Sangjin Park
This research in comparative literature reinterprets and reevaluates literary texts and socio-historical transitions, relocating among the Korean, East Asian, and eu contexts (and with specific connection with the reception of Dante Alighieri within the East). within the procedure, it reexamines the universality of literary values and reopens the questions of what literature is and what it might probably do. by way of shut analyzing of texts, it goals to offer publicity to Korean literature, in this kind of approach as to draw extra cognizance to the sphere of global literature -- and to target what sort of dating they could shape and what new horizon of literariness they could build sooner or later. This paintings might help to place the geography of worldwide literature on a extra open and simply foundation, through displaying the porous nature of literary migration and delivering the lacking hyperlinks within the present discourse on international literature.
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