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Figuring Korean Futures: Children's Literature in Modern Korea

Dafna Zur


This book is the story of the emergence and development of writing for children in modern Korea. In the 1920s, a narrator-adult voice began to speak for the first time directly to a child-reader whose mind was deemed knowable and moldable. Writers and educators saw the qualities of this unique child audience manifest in a new concept called the child-heart, or tongsim. This book examines children’s literature at the moment the child emerged as a powerful metaphor of Korea’s future, through the colonization of Korea, and up until the ideological entrenchment that intensified in the post-liberat ... More

Keywords: child-heart, children’s literature, Korea, modernity, colonialism, periodicals, nature, nation, liberation, science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781503601680
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503601680.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dafna Zur, author
Stanford University