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

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

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

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Overview

Lady Hyegyong's memoirs, which recount the chilling murder of her husband by his father, form one of the best known and most popular classics of Korean literature. From 1795 until 1805 Lady Hyegyong composed this masterpiece, depicting a court life Shakespearean in its pathos, drama, and grandeur. Presented in its social, cultural, and historical contexts, this first 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. Reissued nearly twenty years after its initial publication with a new foreword by Dorothy Ko, The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong is a unique exploration of Korean selfhood and an extraordinary example of autobiography in the premodern era.

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Lady Hyegyong married Crown Prince Sado when they were both nine years old. The prince descended into violence and insanity in adulthood, and was killed by his father. Lady Hyegyong chose to live, and her son was later crowned king. She wrote the collected four memoirs in an attempt to weather the storms of political intrigue surrounding her. Contains introductory material, a glossary, and genealogical tables. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520280489
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/2013
  • Edition description: First Edition, Reissue, With a New Foreword by Dorothy Ko
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 889,280
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

JaHyun Kim Haboush was Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and History at the University of Illinois.

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Table of Contents

FOREWORD
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION
The Author and Autobiographical Discourse
Narrating Lives and the Sense of Self
The Genres
The Individual Memoirs: Themes and Issues
Texts

TRANSLATOR'S NOTE
PRINCIPAL PERSONS

THE MEMOIRS OF LADY HYEGYONG
The Memoir of 1795
The Memoir of 1801
The Memoir of 1802
The Memoir of 1803

APPENDIX 1: GENEALOGICAL TABLE OF THE YI ROYAL HOUSE
APPENDIX 2: GENEALOGICAL TABLE OF THE HONG FAMILY
APPENDIX 3: GENEALOGICAL TABLE OF THE KYONGJU KIM FAMILY

NOTES
GLOSSARY
INDEX

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

    Agonizing

    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.

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