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KLTI U.S. Forum: Rediscovering Korean Literature

(from left above, clockwise) Mah Chonggi, Gong Jiyoung, Cheon Woon-young, Lee Kwang Ho, Susan Choi, Ben Ryder Howe (Photos courtesy of the Korean Cultural Service in New York)

The Korea Literature Translation Institute (KLTI) Forum returns to the U.S. this October, following its west coast session held in California this spring. The second part of this year's KLTI U.S. Forum offers a series of academic seminars at Binghamton University on October 25, covering the east coast region, followed by a “Meet the Authors” event at the Korean Cultural Service institute in New York on October 28.

On the first day, the different stakeholders assessed the current status of Korean literature in the States under the slogan “Rediscovering Korean Literature -- The Diversity of Contemporaneous Korean Literature.” Among the participants were Korean authors Mah Chonggi, Gong Jiyoung, and Cheon Woon-young, as well as literary critic Lee Kwang Ho, alongside local scholars, publishers, and translators.

Professor Michael J. Pettid from Binghamton University shared his exploration of the relationship between history and contemporary literature by putting a particular focus on the cultural and social dimensions of the late Joseon period. David Stahl and Nicholas A. Kaldis as well as publisher-translator Robert E. Hawks gave insights and exchanged ideas and practices to further foster the growth and development of Korean literature in the U.S. market.

Starting at 7 p.m. on October 28, the “Meet the Authors” event will be held at the Korean Cultural Service institute in New York. The event brings the three Korean authors back to the stage with two American artists, Susan Choi and Ben Ryder Howe. The writers will introduce their own work and give recitals, followed by a Q & A session with the audience.

This year, the annual forum series marks its third appearance. Since its launch in 2009, the forum has become a global gateway for promoting Korean literature with the participation of Korean authors, literary critics, and an international array of academics. Starting with the U.S. forum in California earlier this year, the 2011 forum toured across France, Spain, China, Germany, and Japan before moving back to the U.S. for its east coast session.

For more information, please visit the official website at: www.klti.or.kr (Korean and English); www.koreanculture.org (Korean and English).

By Hwang Dana
Korea.net Staff Writer

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