SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

Yi Sang's Queer Time in Colonial Korea

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Prof. John Treat

Date: 2 November 2017Time: 5:15 PM

Finishes: 2 November 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: DLT (NB. new room to previously advertised)

Type of Event: Seminar


Yi Sang (1910-37), remembered as colonial Korea’s most renowned literary Modernist and famed libertine, was controversial in his own day for what now he is celebrated: his works’ wayward sexuality as well as their avant-garde poetics, all written under the stranglehold of Japanese imperial rule. This lecture will discuss Yi Sang’s signature short story, “Wings” (Nalgae, 1936), and how “time,” as both queer theory and postcolonial criticism propose it, shaped this classic of modern Korean literature.

John Treat

Speaker Biography

John Whittier Treat is Emeritus Professor at Yale University. He is the author of Writing Ground Zero: Japanese Literature and the Atomic Bomb (Chicago, 1995), Great Mirrors Shattered: Homosexuality, Orientalism and Japan (Oxford, 1999) and a novel, The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House (Big Table Publishing Company, 2015). He has published on authors Yi Kwang-su in the Journal of Asian Studies and Im Hwa in Trans-Humanities; and his work on Chang Hyŏk-chu appears in the University of Hawai’i Press volume The Affect of Difference: Representations of race in East Asian Empire. Treat’s The Rise and Fall of Modern Japanese Literature is forthcoming in 2018 from the University of Chicago Press, and he is currently writing a book on pro-Japanese Koreans writers under Japanese rule.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Korean Studies

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