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EAS209H1F Lecture Notes for Nov. 23, 2010

East Asian Studies
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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
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
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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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
attitude to the past = desire to
repeat it; by re-living the past, find
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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