Classic Korean Tales with Commentaries


Classic Korean Tales with Commentaries

11 Classic Korean Narratives including Myths, Folktales, Sino-Korean Novels and Poetry

Delight in this book of eleven Korean literary classics which provides a window into the culture, history and thoughts of Korean people.  Stories are organized into Origin Stories, Stories of Love and Marriage, Beauty and Fantasy. Each piece is followed by thoughtful commentary that helps readers unlock their universality and historicity.

A lonely boy becomes a hero who establishes a nation; an abandoned daughter becomes a goddess who manages death; an ordinary wife and husband become a queen and king in a foreign country. These stories reveal the value of merit vs position or power.  They show that if people take advantage of their merits and use their power in support of others, they can accomplish wonderful things and gain happiness even when they possess nothing special. The reason these stories endure through time and continue to move the hearts and minds of readers is that people consider the thoughts and emotions in these stories to be precious.

A Way of Communicating with Time: The World of Classical Imagination

Reading the classics allows readers to reach across time. The world of classics, which appears interesting and mysterious, also contains the dreams and hopes of contemporary people. Even though the past has disappeared, we are encountering the dreams and hopes of people from olden times as you read the classics and fall into the world of these stories.



Narratives about Origins and the World of Myths
– The Myth of King Dongmyeong
– The Myth of Princess Bari
– Yeonohrang and Seonyeo

Stories of Love and Marriage
– Seodong and Princess Seonhwa
– The Idiot Ondal and Princess Pyeonggang
– Domi and His Wife

Beautiful Person, Beautiful Mind
– Madam Suro
– The Filial Daughter Jieun

The World of Fantasy
– Josin’s Dream
– Kim Hyeon Gam Ho: The Love between Kim Hyeon and a Lady Tiger
– Yi Saeng Gyu Jang Jeon: The Story of Yi Saeng Peering Over the Wall



Choe, Key-sook

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240 pp.
LC# 2017963342
Softcover 21 x 14 cm.
ISBN-13: 9781565914896
ISBN-10: 1565914899