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Date 2021-03-18


The "Seditiousness" of Modern Poetry and Censorship in Colonial Korea-An Analysis for The Poetry in Korean Newspapers(諺文新聞詩歌, 1931)


Han, Kee-Hyung

Translator: Chen, Yun-Yuan

Professor, Academy of East Asian Studies, Sungkyunkwan University

Translator: Ph.D Student, Graduate Institute of Taiwanese Literature, National Chengchi University


This paper intends to comprehensively elucidate the mechanism between authorities and media, and between literature and the public in colonial Korea. The Poetry in Korean Newspapers—by Publications Department of Police Bureau in the Government-General— provides us a persuasive base and inspiration for it . This source book was a result from the objectification process of setting censorship criteria for the poetry literature in Korea. Some censorship criteria became indispensable due to the expanding political disquieting resonance from the poetry connotation—caused by increasing relationship between poetry literature, media and people in Korea. Especially, there was a situation perception for rapid intimacy between literary sphere and socialism through this medium—Korean poetry.

In that sense, The Poetry in Korean Newspapers would be an important document reflecting structural conflict and contradiction of culture phenomena brought out in various forms. Compilation of this source book made the moment to practice censoring Korean poetry and it is reasonable to infer that a large number of poems were expurgated on the basis of these criteria. However, through the setting criteria, could it be ever possible to perfectly control the 'seditiousness' in Korean poetry? This paper is aiming at establishing a theoretic hypothesis for studying this question.

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