By Yung-Hee Kim
On hand for the 1st time in English, the 10 brief tales by way of sleek Korean ladies gathered right here contact in a single method or one other on concerns relating to gender and kinship politics. all the protagonists are girls who face own crises or defining moments of their lives as gender-marked beings in a Confucian, patriarchal Korean society. Their own desires and values were compromised through gender expectancies or their very own illusions approximately girl life. they're pressured to invite themselves "Who am I?" "Where am I going?" "What are my choices?" every one tale bears colourful and compelling testimony to the lifetime of the heroine. a few of the tales rejoice the vital character’s breakaway from the patriarchal order; others disclose sexual inequality and spotlight the fight for private autonomy and dignity. nonetheless others display the abrupt awakening to mid-life crises and the pro knowledge that incorporates accepting the boundaries of previous age.
The tales are prepared in chronological order, from the earliest paintings by way of Korea’s first glossy girl author in 1917 to tales that seemed in 1995—approximately one from every one decade. lots of the writers provided are well-known literary figures, yet a few are lesser-known voices. The advent offers a old assessment of traditions of recent Korean women’s fiction, situating the chosen writers and their tales within the greater context of Korean literature. every one tale is followed by way of a biographical be aware at the writer and a short severe research. a particular bibliography is supplied for additional analyzing and examine.