Korean Studies

Korean Studies
Volume 27, 2003

CONTENTS

Articles

    Allen, Chizuko T.
  • Prince Misahŭn: Silla's Hostage to Wa from the Late Fourth Century
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    Subject Headings:
    • Korea -- Foreign relations -- Japan.
    • Japan -- Foreign relations -- Korea.
    • Korea -- Foreign relations -- To 935.
    • Japan -- Foreign relations -- To 794.
    Abstract:
      Three of the oldest extant chronicles of Korea and Japan, the Samguk sagi, the Samguk yusa, and the Nihon shoki, recount the story of the Silla prince Misahŭn's escape from extended captivity in Wa. Regarding Wa as the early Yamato confederacy based in western Japan, this article clarifies the chronology and characteristics of the Misahŭn incident in reference to the series of related events described by the inscription on the Koguryŏ king Kwanggaet'o's stele. Between 391 and 399, Silla succumbed to Wa's military attacks and sent Misahŭn to Wa as a means of appeasement. Silla, however, soon chose to return to Koguryŏ's sphere of influence to ward off further Wa assaults. After Koguryŏ annihilated the Wa forces, Silla managed to retrieve the prince from Wa with a clever scheme. Unlike Paekche's reciprocal relationship with Wa, Silla's relationship with Wa was unilateral, based on the latter's incessant demands.
    McBride, Richard D.
  • The Vision-Quest Motif in Narrative Literature on the Buddhist Traditions of Silla
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    Subject Headings:
    • Iryon, 1206-1289. Samguk yusa.
    • Knowledge, Theory of (Buddhism)
    • Shamanism -- Korea.
    Abstract:
      Iryŏn's Samguk yusa preserves several accounts of Buddhist monks of the ancient Korean state of Silla encountering supernatural beings in what may be termed vision-quests. Information of this kind has hitherto been understood by scholars as evidence of the persistence of ancient Korean shamanism. As context, this article problematizes the idea of shamanism and its relationship to Tantric Buddhism and provides evidence for the visionquest motif in Sino-Indian Buddhist literature. It focuses on examples of this motif in the Samguk yusa to suggest that connections between ancient Korea, China, and India are closer than previously believed. The motif does not demonstrate the rapprochement between indigenous shamanism and Buddhism so much as attest to an ancient approach to religious experience.
    Breuker, Remco E.
  • Koryo as an Independent Realm: The Emperor's Clothes?
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    Subject Headings:
    • Korea -- Politics and government -- 935-1392.
    • Korea -- Kings and rulers -- Clothing.
    Abstract:
      This article examines the status of the mid-Koryŏ polity as an independent realm. Often ideological extremes are contrasted with one another, and one or the other is seen as representing Koryŏ's defining quality, but this article argues the necessity of examining Koryŏ from a pluralist point of view. Koryŏ's pluralist ideology is reflected in the way it looked at itself and its neighbors and in its policies. In order to clarify middle Koryŏ's status as an independent realm, issues closely connected to Koryŏ identity, such as the clothes of the ruler, state rituals, foreign policies, and ruling ideologies, are scrutinized.
    Vovin, Alexander.
  • Once Again on Lenition in Middle Korean
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    Subject Headings:
    • Korean language -- Middle Korean, 935-1500 -- Consonants.
    • Korean language -- Middle Korean, 935-1500 -- Mutation.
    Abstract:
      The present article attempts a revision of the traditional lenition theory for the Middle Korean language by presenting internal and typological evidence in favor of interpreting non-leniting Middle Korean consonants as originating from original *nC (sometimes possibly *lC) clusters and providing further support for the fact that leniting consonants were just plain voiceless obstruents.
    Kim, Kichung, 1934-
  • Unheard Voices: The Life of the Nobi in O Hwi-mun's Swaemirok
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    Subject Headings:
    • O, Hi-mun, 1539-1613. Swaemirok.
    • Slavery -- Korea.
    Abstract:
      Many things are known about the nobi and the nobi system in premodern Korea, such as their demographic data and their social and legal status during the Chosŏn dynasty (1392-1910). But we know little about the private and personal side of their lives, what their day-to-day life was like as individuals or families, the personal and social relationships among the nobi, and nothing at all of their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. The sole purpose of this study is to cast a little light on the human face of the men and women who were nobi.

Book Reviews

    Dennehy, Kristine.
  • The North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Armstrong, Charles K. North Korean revolution, 1945-1950.
    • Revolutions -- Korea (North) -- History -- 20th century.
    Song, Changzoo.
  • Perspectives on Korean Unification and Economic Integration (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Choi, Young Back, 1949-, ed. Perspectives on Korean unification and economic integration.
    • Korea (South) -- Foreign economic relations -- Korea (North)
    Kihl, Young W., 1932-
  • Korean Endgame: A Strategy for Reunification and U.S. Disengagement (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Harrison, Selig S. Korean endgame: a strategy for reunification and U.S. disengagement.
    • United States -- Foreign relations -- Korea (North)
    Kendall, Laurel.
  • Korean Shamanism: The Cultural Paradox (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kim, Chongho, 1954- Korean Shamanism: the cultural paradox.
    • Shamanism -- Korea.
    Kane, Daniel.
  • Korea, A Century of Change (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kleiner, Jürgen. Korea, a century of change.
    • Korea -- Economic conditions -- 1910-1945.
    Pettid, Michael J.
  • A History of Korean Literature (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lee, Peter H., 1929-, ed. History of Korean literature.
    • Korean literature -- History and criticism.
    Lee, Timothy S.
  • Protestantism and Politics in Korea (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Park, Chung-shin. Protestantism and politics in Korea.
    • Christianity and politics -- Korea -- History.
    Matray, James Irving, 1948-
  • Eye on Korea: An Insider Account of Korean-American Relations (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Young, James V., 1941- Eye on Korea: an insider account of Korean-American relations.
    • Korea (South) -- History.
    Palmer, Brandon.
  • Beyond the Shadow of Camptown: Korean Military Brides in America (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Yuh, Ji-Yeon. Beyond the shadow of Camptown: Korean military brides in America.
    • Korean American women -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
    Lankov, A. N. (Andrei Nikolaevich)
  • Red Wings over the Yalu: China, the Soviet Union, and the Air War in Korea (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Zhang, Xiaoming, 1951- Red wings over the Yalu: China, the Soviet Union, and the air war in Korea.
    • Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Aerial operations, Chinese.

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