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When the Future Disappears: The Modernist Imagination in Late Colonial Korea

Janet Poole


Taking a panoramic view of Korea's dynamic literary production in the final decade of Japanese rule, this book locates the imprint of a new temporal sense in Korean modernism: the impression of time interrupted, with no promise of a future. As colonial subjects of an empire headed toward total war, Korean writers in this global fascist moment produced some of the most sophisticated writings of twentieth-century modernism. Yi T'aejun, Ch'oe Myŏngik, Im Hwa, Sŏ Insik, Ch'oe Chaesŏ, Pak T'aewŏn, Kim Namch'ŏn, and O Changhwan, among other Korean writers, lived through a rare colonial history in wh ... More

Keywords: Korea, Japanese rule, Korean modernism, Korean writers, twentieth-century modernism, state power, modern colonial experience, Japanese empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231165181
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165181.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet Poole, author
University of Toronto