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Literary Criticism  19th Century

Score One for the Dancing Girl, and Other Selections from the Kimun ch'onghwa

A Story Collection from Nineteenth-Century Korea

edited by Ross King & Si Nae Park

translated by James Scarth Gale

notes by Donguk Kim

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2016
Category
19th Century, General, General
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781442647336
    Publish Date
    Oct 2016
    List Price
    $125.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487510497
    Publish Date
    Nov 2016
    List Price
    $113.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442667921
    Publish Date
    Nov 2016
    List Price
    $113.00

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Score One for the Dancing Girl presents more than a hundred stories from an early-nineteenth-century collection of yadam stories, the Kimun ch’onghwa (“Compendium of Records of Hearsay”). Prose tales that feature historical people and places but may also include fantastical elements, the yadam stories in this volume feature ghosts and magic, courtesans and sex, and court politics. They constitute both an entertaining literary collection and a rich treasure trove of information about life in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Korea.

The first volume in an ongoing series of translations of classic Korean literature by the Canadian missionary James Scarth Gale (1863–1937), Score One for the Dancing Girl includes the original literary Sinitic (hanmun) text and Gale’s English translation. Both the hanmun and English are extensively annotated.  Introductory essays by Ross King and Si Nae Park discuss the yadam genre, Gale’s life and career, and the ways in which his background as a Christian missionary affected the translations.

About the authors

Ross King, born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, is the Canadian author of three books on Italian history and Art: Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power and Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture, which won the 2001 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Adult Nonfiction. His study of French Impressionism, The Judgment of Paris, won the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction in Canada. He lives in England, near Oxford.

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Si Nae Park is an assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.

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James Scarth Gale (1863–1937) spent forty years in Korea as a missionary, scholar, and translator.

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James Scarth Gale (1863–1937) spent forty years in Korea as a missionary, scholar, and translator.

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