The modern city from imperial and colonial eyes : focusing on Yokomitsu Riichi's Shanghai 1932 and Kim Kirim's The Weather Map 1936
The modern city from imperial and colonial eyes : focusing on Yokomitsu Riichi's Shanghai 1932 and Kim Kirim's The Weather Map 1936 / Kim Han Sung
p. 165-184 ; 23 cm
수록자료: Seoul journal of Korean studies. Institute of Korean Studies, Seoul National University. Vol.30 no.2(2017 December), p. 165-184 30:2<165 ISSN 1225-0201 저자: Kim Han Sung, Assistant Professor in the Division of Korean Languange and Literature at Sookmyung Women's University
Yokomitsu Riichi’s Shanghai (Shanhai; 1932) and Kim Kirim’s The Weather Map (Kisangdo; 1936) share commensurable points of comparison within East Asian literary modernism despite the geopolitical incommensurability between imperial Japan and colonial Korea and the genre differences between fiction and poetry. Both texts provide historical background to the turmoil of 1920s and 1930s Shanghai, where the conflict between disparate cultural hegemonies led to the May Thirtieth Movement of 1925 and the Shanghai Incident of 1932, respectively. In addition to their two authors’ experimental writing styles, both texts address the hegemonic struggles between East and West and between Japan and China. These two works will be compared and contrasted to demonstrate how hegemonies competed within the transition period when the initiative in East Asia was shifting from the legacy of premodern China to the emerging power of Japan and the West. This article seeks to explore how both Yokomitsu and Kim, through their own senses of history, positioned the Japanese expatriates in Shanghai and Seoul citizens portrayed in their literary creations at the nexus of the legacy of Chinese civilization, expanding Japan, and the Western powers.