JaHyun Kim Haboush
- Columbia University
This project studies the nature and modes of the discourse of nation in premodern and early modern Korea. Focusing on two epochal wars—the Imjin War, 1592-1598, that involved three East Asian countries, and the Manchu invasion of 1636-1637—I examine the way in which "nation” was imagined during the war years, and the ways in which competing agencies utilized the trope of war in the postwar culture of commemoration. This study provides a new way of conceptualizing a non-Western, premodern “historical nation” by tracing a multi-layered and multi-stranded discourse through time and linguistic space (literary Chinese, vernacular Korean, and orally-based texts), genres (from historiography through fiction), media, and commemorative activities and their agencies.