Korean Studies, vol. 40 (2016)

This issue of Korean Studies contains the following works or scholarship.


Globality and Universality: Toward a New Horizon Beyond East and West: Observations on Moral Pragmatics, Its Rhetoric and Domain
Kim Uchang

Confucianism and Civilization: Tasan Chŏng Yagyong’s Views of Japan, the Ryūkyūs, and Tsushima
Don Baker

Funeral Capitalism: Commodification and Digital Marketing of Funeral Services in Contemporary Korea
Gil-Soo Han

Pak Tonji and the Vagaries of Government Service in Koryŏ and Chosŏn, 1360–1412
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Archives of Asian Art, vol. 66, no. 2 (2016)

From this issue: Sekino Jun’ichirō, Fukuroi: Annual Growth Rings / Fukuroi: nenrin, from New Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō / Shin Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi, no. 28, 1960. Woodblock print. Palmer Museum of Art of Pennsylvania State University, Gift of Bruce and Marilyn Shobaken, UC.

Archives of Asian Art, volume 66, number 2 features the the following essays and works:

Chinese Glass Paintings in Bangkok Monasteries
Jessica Lee Patterson, 153

The Pagoda in Kherlen-Bars: New Understandings of Khitan-Period Toweing Pagodas
Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt, 187

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Acclaimed Poet Ko Un Reading at Library of Congress with Mānoa journal

Ko Un

Poet Ko Un

The Library of Congress International Literature Series presents a Sept. 19 reading and discussion with accomplished Korean poet Ko Un, who was featured in the recent Mānoa issue, The Colors of Dawn: Twentieth Century Korean Poetry. Ko Un, frequently mentioned as a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature, will be joined by Mānoa editor Frank Stewart and one of the volume translators, Brother Anthony.

The Library of Congress event is free and open to the public and is presented in partnership with the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI). Learn more about the event the Library of Congress website.

The following day, Sept. 20, George Washington University will also host a bilingual reading with Ko Un and Brother Anthony.  More information, including an event schedule, can be found at the reading’s event page.

About Ko Un

Ko Un is one of Korea’s most prolific and popular poets. He has published 155 books, of which about 70 are poetry books. More than 50 volumes of his work have been translated into over 30 languages. Winner of some 20 prestigious literary awards, he is frequently mentioned as a contender for a Nobel Literature prize.

About The Colors of Dawn:

The Colors of DawnThroughout the twentieth century, few countries in Asia suffered more from foreign occupation, civil war, and international military conflict than Korea. The Colors of Dawn brings together the moving and powerful voices of over forty Korean poets from these turbulent years. In the midst of internal and external conflicts, Korea’s poets―threatened by the authorities with torture, imprisonment, and death―found ways to express their fierce desire for freedom and self-governance. Order a copy of The Colors of Dawn.

Asian Theatre Journal, vol. 33, no. 2 (2016)

The yueju production of The Good Person of Jiangnan presents the Haipai culture style, with its elaborate costumes and magnificent sets and props. (Photo: Zhejiang Xiao Baihua Yueju Company)

The fall 2016 edition of the Asian Theatre Journal includes the following works:


Celebration of Life for James R. Brandon by Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak

Asep Sunandar Sunarya: Dalang of Wayang Golek Sunda (1955–2014) by Arthur S. Nalan


Timizi nu in (The Bond of Water in Hands): An Early Modern Ryūkyūan Kumi Odori, as Staged by the National Theatre Okinawa by James Rhys Edwards and Nakazato Masao Continue reading

China Review International, vol. 21, no 1 (2014)

China Review International, vol. 21, no. 1, includes the following works:


A Reconsideration of the Homoerotic in Ming-Qing Texts (reviewing Giovanni Vitiello, The Libertine’s Friend: Homosexuality and Masculinity in Late Imperial China)
Reviewed by Robert Hegel

Ideology and Politics at Top and Bottom: Commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Cultural Revolution (reviewing Andrew Walder, China under Mao: A Revolution Derailed; Yiching Wu, The Cultural Revolution at the Margins: Chinese Socialism in Crisis)
Reviewed by Liu Kang

Rediscovering an Extraordinary Woman: A Reinterpretation of the Late Qing Reforms (reviewing Nanxiu Qian, Politics, Poetics, and Gender in Late Qing China: Xue Shaohui and the Era of Reform)
Reviewed by Yanning Wang

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Journal of World History, vol. 27, no. 2 (2016)

Double carpet- page with swimming fishes. Pentateuch. Sana’a (Yemen), 1469. London, British Library, Ms. Or. 2348, fols. 38v–39. © The British Library Board. Patterns of Artistic Hybridization in the Early Protoglobalization Period*

Double carpet-page with swimming fishes from Patterns of Artistic Hybridization in the Early Protoglobalization Period this issue. Pentateuch. Sana’a (Yemen), 1469.
© The British Library Board.

March’s  Journal of World History volume 27 number 2 features the following articles by world history scholars:

  • The Kingdom of Kongo and the Thirty Year’s War by John K. Thornton
  • Patterns of Artistic Hybridization in the Early Protoglobalization Period by Luís U. Afonso
  • The Global Origins of a “Paraguayan” Sweetener: Ka’a He’e and Stevia in the Twentieth Century, by Bridget María Chesterton and Timothy Yang
  • Reconsidering the Yokohama “Gold Rush” of 1859, by Simon James Bytheway and Martha Chaiklin
  • The Global Construction of International Lay in the Nineteenth Century: The Case of Arbitration, by Steven M. Harris
  • Book Reviews

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Biography Vol. 39 No. 1 (2016)

Biography vol. 39 no. 1 is a special issue dedicated to verse in life writing. The issue opens with guest editor Anna Jackson’s introduction:

Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pittura), by Artemisia Gentileschi. Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2016.

Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pittura), by Artemisia Gentileschi. From Articulating Artemisia by Helen Rickerby in this issue.

While the verse novel is now established as a literary genre, the verse biography has not been similarly acknowledged, even though many of the formal tensions and strategies are similar. Recognizing that the work of “life writing” that such texts perform, and the relationship between historical fact and poetic representation that they negotiate, are distinct to the verse biography, this Special Issue opens up the genre as a field of study, within the context of biography and life writing studies more generally.

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