There seems to be no general agreements about the identity of modernism and the proper methodology to understand it, though many definitions of modernism have been suggested. This critical attitude might easily arise in the research of non-european modernism including Korean modernism in the 1930's. This seminar will be the chance to consider the problematique of the categorization of modernism. For that, two historical surveys will be suggested: the history of the researches on the (alleged) modern Korean modernism in the 1930's and that of the european modernism researches. These surveys will show that both the identity of modernism and the categorization of it are still the present subjects of research. This presentation aims to share the aforementioned problematique and the opinions about the effective and productive ways to understand many modernism movements properly.
Dr. SangJoon Park is Professor at the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea. He is the editor of the Journal of Modern Korean Literature"(2016-present) and member of the Science Culture Committee at the Asia Pacific Center of Theoretical Physics (2005-2017). His research interests include the history of modern Korean novels as well as criticisms, humanities, science fiction, and science culture. Dr. Park received his PhD in Korean Literature from Seoul National University.