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EAS209H1F Lecture Notes for Nov. 23, 2010


Department
East Asian Studies
Course Code
EAS209H1
Professor
Eric Cazdyn

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EAS209 2010-11-23
¾ Introduction t 4 essays [Eastern Sentiment]
o Geography/ Space
Yi Tae Jun: author of Essays
x Popular writer, editor, novelist during the colonial period
x Wrote a lot about his personal life
o Characters Æ similar to Yi Tae Jun himself
o Essays t personal
Map of Seoul, around 1940
x City of Seoul t Han river in the South
x Majority of the city located north of the river
x Wavy outside line t represents the city boundaries
o Redrawn in 1934 from previous boundaries
o Inner black line t city walls
In Korea, traditionally, cities = walled cities
City walls = periphery of the city
x Gates t North, South, East, West
o City boundary Æ almost doubled
1930~40s t Seoul was expanding dramatically
x Population, business
x Peri-urb t refers to the surroundings of the city (periphery, neither city nor
country-side)
o Hon-machi (ë) Æ urb
Variety of clothings: Japanese, Traditional Korea, Western,
Military, etc.
Colonial capital
o Hanyangsung city wall (æý5)
o Boundary space of the peri-urb
Within Seoul metropolitan boundaries, but }v[o}}l
metropolitan
Just outside the city walls
o After 1934 when city walls were redrawn, value of lands within city
walls increased
Aerial photo of new buildings t new hanok
x Patterns of regularity
Yi Tae Jun Æ New middle class, benefited a lot from the colonial activity
x Rebuilt the house t classic restoration
x Modern economy, modern city
x Why someone, who belongs to modern economy and cities, write essays
like these?
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o Not really writing about bursting city lives
o Poetic essays
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x Space in your everyday life Æ value of being a work
of art
o Aesthetic
Separated from daily life
Not an instrument, what you use,
but something you look at
Past is very important to Yi Tae Jun in many ways
x Talks a lot about old literary works and old language
x Talks about the way in which we should read them
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ZÁoo[
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of generations of living people
We are able to repeat the words of
our ancestors (we can experience
their emotions, bond with
generations of ancestors, sense of
continuity)
attitude to the past = desire to
repeat it; by re-living the past, find
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Æ not analyzing it
antiquarian Æ does not look at
history for evidence or argument of
cause and effect, but feels the past
Embodied experience of being with
and repeating the past. Æ what he
gets from reading old books
Yi reads the Classics in old books
with dirt, etc. (dirt = physical trace
of the past, of the old people) Æ
Feel a closer connection with
people of the past
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