[Feature] History of Korean Literature Through Feminism / Baik Ji-yeon

The Quarterly Changbi 184, Summer 2019

 

Abstract

Baik Ji-yeon critically examines current issues in the study of history of Korean literature, merging with the recent resurgence of feminism. While scrutinizing the radical currents within feminist studies, emergent in conjunction with postmodern and postcolonial discourses, since the 1990s, against the canonical history of literature centered on nationalism, male-ness, and the elite, Baik also frankly exposes weaknesses behind these currents as well. She emphasizes that literary criticism would be essential to the advancement of feminist studies, as the field responds sensitively to complex layers in literary texts.