Korean Literature to 1900

Korean Literature to 1900
Korean literature from the earliest times to 1900. Emphasis on basic literary concepts.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 4.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesKOREA 302
 ProgramsContaining KOREA 340
Course Outcomes

Analysis of literature

Students in this course will gain proficiency in reading and analyzing traditional Korean literature.

pre-modern literature

Students will learn of the wide range of literary genre available in Korea prior to the 20th century.

Basic understanding of Chinese characters

Students will be able to use a Chinese character dictionary to identify the meanings of the characters in various literary contexts.

Basic understanding of premodern Korean script

Students will be able to understand texts written in premodern Korean script aided by glosses in modern Korean and English.


Students will learn at least five styles of poetry common in Korea from the Silla period to the late Joseon period, including hyangga, Chinese (Tang) poetry, sijo, gasa, and the poetry of the Yongbi-eo cheon'ga.


Fiction, in the form of tales, legends, fables, and uniquely Korean "pansori" novels will become familiar to students in this course.


Students will learn how to romanize Korean according to the McCune-Reischauer system and the Revised Romanization of Korean system.

Writing skills

Students will be able to write research papers of varying length on the literature of Korea before 1900. They will be able to locate library sources and use MLA format to compile a bibliography and properly cite sources used in their paper. They will write an organized paper with a well-developed topic.

Presentation skills

Students will be able to present their final paper in a thought-provoking and organized manner. They will learn to keep their presentation to a specified time limit.