The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong: The Autobiographical Writings of a Crown Princess of Eighteenth-Century Korea

The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong: The Autobiographical Writings of a Crown Princess of Eighteenth-Century Korea

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by JaHyun Kim Haboush, L. Hyegyong
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520200543

ISBN-13: 9780520200548

Pub. Date: 04/22/1996

Publisher: University of California Press

Lady Hyegyong's memoirs, which recount the chilling murder of her husband by his father, is one of the best known and most popular classics of Korean literature. From 1795 until 1805 Lady Hyegyong composed this masterpiece, which depicts a court life whose drama and pathos is of Shakespearean proportions. Presented in its social, cultural, and historical contexts,

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Lady Hyegyong's memoirs, which recount the chilling murder of her husband by his father, is one of the best known and most popular classics of Korean literature. From 1795 until 1805 Lady Hyegyong composed this masterpiece, which depicts a court life whose drama and pathos is of Shakespearean proportions. Presented in its social, cultural, and historical contexts, this complete English translation opens a door into a world teeming with conflicting passions, political intrigue, and the daily preoccupations of a deeply intelligent and articulate woman.

JaHyun Kim Haboush's accurate, fluid translation captures the intimate and expressive voice of this consummate storyteller. The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong is a unique exploration of Korean selfhood and of how the genre of autobiography fared in premodern times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520200548
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/22/1996
Pages:
329
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
The Author and Autobiographical Discourse1
Narrating Lives and the Sense of Self6
The Genres11
The Individual Memoirs: Themes and Issues15
Texts32
Translator's Note37
Principal Persons39
The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong47
The Memoir of 179549
The Memoir of 1801137
The Memoir of 1802197
The Memoir of 1805241
Appendix 1: Genealogical Table of the Yi Royal House338
Appendix 2: Genealogical Table of the Hong Family340
Appendix 3: Genealogical Table of the Kyongju Kim Family342
Notes343
Glossary355
Index363

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The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong: The Autobiographical Writings of a Crown Princess of Eighteenth-Century Korea 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Possibly one of the least appealing textbooks I've ever had to read. While historians may find Lady Hyegyong's whining tale of depressed theatrics an important piece of history, I, as a student, do not. It was a chore to plow through this woman's anguished whingeing of her 'unfortunate' life; and that was only the first section. She is prone to dramatics and exaggeration so her memoirs serve very little use to the knowledge-seeker. Save yourself the trouble and look elsewhere because I can guarantee that even the dullest Korean History textbook is like a playground in comparison to this useless buy.