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EAST 213- Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 71 pages long!)


Department
Asian Language & Literature
Course Code
EAST 213
Professor
Michelle Cho
Study Guide
Final

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McGill
EAST 213
Final EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Lecture 1:
A blend between contemporary and traditional
- History: A narrative
Narratives determine how historical change is understood and interpreted
- Histiography: The study of how history has been written (which stories told and
why)
- Dillemmas of modern Korea Histiography
Who controls the narrative? For what ends? Is a “neutral” story possible?
- History is controversial
Question:
How was Korea able to maintain a distinct culture and political organization,
despite a long history of invasion and subordination to larger, more powerful
neighbors?
Answer:
For scholars of pre-modern Korea, the key to establishing and maintaining a
distinct Korean culture and social organization lies in the transition from Koryo
to Choson- the Confucianization of Korea
- Focuses on Confucianism, an elite-scholarly enterprise
- Examines the hegemonic group to look for the main factors (ideology and
social structures) that shaped institutions of power and influence.
Korean Confucianism
Primary characteristic: hierarchy and fixed social
Confucianism: Social organization, hierarchy, young and old, social casts
End of feudalism in Europe = Liberalism, equivalence is big in the West, which is
indeed opposite
Confucianism benefits everyone socially and morally everyone has their position
Most harmonious
Ideal vision of how society must be organized
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Intention to continue on without changing
Choson Dynasty lasted so long because of this
Stability that could last a very long time.
Choson closed itself in despite changes in the world which failed at the end of the
19th century
Theme= Gender- Gender relations in this system
Choson= Korean tradition
Korean traditions= commodity image today
Choson social organization turned upside down by colonialism
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