Search Results

You are looking at 1 - 2 of 2 items for

  • Author or Editor: Miriam Löwensteinová x
  • Search level: All x
Clear All


The classification of Kŭmo sinhwa (New Tales of the Golden Turtle) has varied across the centuries. It has been classified as an anecdote, dream prose, considered an adaptation, e.g., of Qu You’s novel ‘New Tales while Trimming the Wick’, the first Korean entertainment prose, allegory, novel focused on critical realism, etc. Nevertheless, there are distinct elements connecting Kim Sisŭp’s work with the mongyurok (dream novel) genre which similarly appeared during the early Chosŏn era. This study analyses the relevant stories of Kŭmo sinhwa and the representative texts of the dream novel genre from various perspectives concerning stereotyping, as, e.g., the request on the protagonist-narrator and characters he meets in his dream; the narrative strategy; the reality-dream-reality structure and its apparent irrationality; the dream scenery and the listing of its inhabitants. The study focuses on the two prototypes of the dream and its representatives, as well as dream discussions together with certain similarities as for example the impossibility of the transmission of the dream world’ ideals into reality, i.e., the crucial discrepancy out of which the genre of dream novel was born.

In: The Lives and Legacy of Kim Sisŭp (1435–1493)
The Lives and Legacy of Kim Sisŭp (1435–1493) offers an account of the most extraordinary figure of Korean literature and intellectual history. The present work narrates the fascinating story of a prodigious child, acclaimed poet, author of the first Korean novel, Buddhist monk, model subject, Confucian recluse and Daoist master. No other Chosŏn scholar or writer has been venerated in both Confucian shrines and Buddhist temples, had his works widely read in Tokugawa Japan and became an integral part of the North Korean literary canon.
The nine studies and further materials presented in this volume provide a detailed look on the various aspects of Kim Sisŭp’s life and work as well as a reflection of both traditional and modern narratives surrounding his legacy. Contributors are: Vladimír Glomb, Gregory N. Evon, Dennis Wuerthner, Barbara Wall, Kim Daeyeol, Miriam Löwensteinová, Anastasia A. Guryeva, Sixiang Wang, and Diana Yüksel.