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Kori: The Beacon Anthology of Korean American Fiction Hardcover – June 15, 2001

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From Publishers Weekly

Edited by Heinz Insu Fenkl and Walter K. Lew, Kori is the first anthology of Korean-American fiction; as such, it identifies a literary void, but barely begins to fill it. Featured are works by 16 writers, including Chang-Rae Lee and Susan Choi. All but three are excerpted from previously published books. Themes of assimilation, racism and immigration prevail, and the selections are of uniform high quality. But the short essays preceding each entry, while instructive, often assume the stilted tone of a doctoral dissertation: the editors seem to be trying too hard to drive home ideas that the authors articulate with more grace and style.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

With just 16 entries, this anthology of Korean American prose written in English nevertheless ranges from early 20th-century writers (e.g., Younghill Kang and Willyce Kim) to contemporary writers (Chang-Rae Lee and Susan Choi being the best known). The editors themselves (both authors and professors of writing) are included in the anthology. Each entry focuses on some aspect of being Korean, but there is a wide range of writing styles and of attitudes and situations. Unfortunately, 13 of the works are excerpts for which the editors must give synopses or background information, inevitably making the reading less compelling. However, one- to two-page biographies of the authors and a list of suggested readings point readers to the complete works, making this a helpful tool for further exploration. Recommended for all public libraries. Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: Beacon Anthology
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; First Edition edition (June 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807059161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807059166
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,149,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob Wilson on August 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a splendid and useful anthology, tastefully deployed and edited with historical range, literary verve, and critical care. The generational waves and generic diversity of Korean American writing is captured in a way that leaves the future open to a range of forms and possibilities that can draw upon everything from the ur-realism of Ty Pak to the transcendental deconstructions of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
There has been major growth in the popularity of Korean-American literature lately, and Kori represents the first anthology to provide a comprehensive collection of 20th century works by Koreans from the 1930s to the 1990s. Prominent Korean-American scholars and writers edit and present the 16 entries in this excellent and recommended collection.
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