H-160. The History of Books and Printing in Korea - Advance Reading List

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  • Preliminary Advices

    Please note: Some readings will be made available to admitted students via Dropbox.

  • Required Reading

    Fujimoto, Yukio. “Old Korean Books Preserved in Japan.” The Memoirs of the Toyo Bunko 69 (2011): 1–17.

    Ok, Young Jung. Early Printings in Korea. Seongnam: The Academy of Korean Studies Press, 2013.

    Pak, Youngsook. “Goryeo Illuminated Buddhist Scriptures: Transmission of Text and Images.” In Goryeo Dynasty: Korea’s Age of Enlightenment, 918–1392, edited by Tom Christensen, 95–105. San Francisco: Asian Art Museum, 2003.

    Park, Byeng-Sen. Korean Printing From its Origins to 1910. Seoul: Jimoondang, 2003.

    Sohn, Pow-key. Early Korean Typography. Seoul, n.p., 1982.

    Song, Minah. “The History and Characteristics of Traditional Korean Books and Bookbinding.” Journal of the Institute of Conservation 32:1 (2009): 53–78.

    Tsien, Tsuen-Hsuin. Paper and Printing. Joseph Needham, Science and Civilisation in China, vol. 5, pt. 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985 (Third printing, revised 1987, and later printings). Read pp. 319–331 and other sections relating to Korea.

    Note: the three essays below are conveniently available in Michael F. Suarez, S.J. and H. R. Woudhuysen, eds. The Book: A Global History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013 (pp. 573–621).

    McKillop, Beth. “The History of the Book in Korea.” In The Oxford Companion to the Book, edited by Michael F. Suarez, S.J. and H. R. Woudhuysen, 366–373. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

    Edgren, J. S. “The History of the Book in China.” In The Oxford Companion to the Book, edited by Michael F. Suarez, S.J. and H. R. Woudhuysen, 353–365. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

    Kornicki, P. F. “The History of the Book in Japan.” In The Oxford Companion to the Book, edited by Michael F. Suarez, S.J. and H. R. Woudhuysen, 375–385. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

  • Recommended Reading

    Chong, Hyung-u. “Kim Chong-ho’s map of Korea.” Korea Journal 13:11 (1973): 37–42.

    Courant, Maurice. Bibliographie Coréenne. Paris, 1894–1901. Four volumes. Available online via HathiTrust: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Supplément.

    Courant, Maurice. “Introduction to Courant’s Bibliographie Coréenne.” Translated by W. Massy Royds in Transactions of the Korea Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society XXV (1936): 1–100.

    Kim, Man-jung. “A Nine Cloud Dream.” In Virtuous Women: Three Classic Korean Novels: A Nine Cloud Dream, The True History of Queen Inhyŏn, The Song of a Faithful Wife, Ch’un-hyang. Seoul: Royal Asiatic Society, 1983 (third printing).

    Kim, Won-young. Early Moveable Type in Korea. Seoul, National Museum of Korea, 1954.

    Kim Haboush, JaHyun. “Creating a Society of Civil Culture: The Early Joseon, 1392–1592.” In The Art of the Korean Renaissance, 1400–1600, edited by Soyoung Lee, 3–13. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009.

    Kim Haboush, JaHyun, trans. The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyŏng: The Autobiographical Writings of a Crown Princess of Eighteenth-Century Korea. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996 (second edition, 2013).

    Kim-Renaud, Young-Key, ed. King Sejong the Great: The Light of 15th Century Korea.  Washington, D.C.: International Circle of Korean Linguistics, 1992.

    Kornicki, Peter Francis. Languages, Scripts, and Chinese Texts in East Asia. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

    Ledyard, Gari. “Cartography in Korea.” The History of Cartography Volume 2, Book 2, edited by J. B. Harley and David Woodward, 235–345. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.

    Lee, Ki-baik. A New History of Korea. Translated by Edward W. Wagner and Edward J. Schultz. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1984 and later editions.

    McGovern, Melvin. “Early Western Presses in Korea.” Korea Journal 7:7 (July 1967): 21–23.

    McGovern, Melvin. Specimen Pages of Korean Movable Types. Dawsons Book Shop: Los Angeles, 1966.

    National Museum of Korea. Book Culture of Korea, Hanguk-ŭi chaek munhwa. Seoul: The Museum, 1993. Exhibition catalogue in Korean with English caption translations and summary.

    Oh, Young Kyun. Engraving Virtue: The Printing History of a Premodern Korean Moral Primer. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

    Pal, Pratapaditya and Meech-Pekarik, Julie. Buddhist Book Illuminations. New York: Ravi Kumar Publications, 1988. Read chapter 6, “China and Korea.”

    Pratt, Keith and Richard Rutt. Korea: A Historical and Cultural Dictionary. Richmond: Curzon Press, 1999 (also London: Routledge, 2013).

    Shin, Michael D., ed. Korean History in Maps: From Prehistory to the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

    Sohn, Pow-key. Early Korean Printing. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1984.

    Sohn, Pow-key. “Invention of the Movable Metal-type Printing in Koryo: Its Role and Impact on Human Cultural Progress.” Gutenberg Jahrbuch 73 (1998): 25–30.