Reading Colonial Korea through Fiction: The Ventriloquists is an English translation of a collection of essays written by Kim Chul, one of the most influential Korean scholars of Korean literature. The thirteen essays originally appeared between 2004 and 2007 in the journal Sae Kugŏ Saenghwal, published by the National Institute of Korean Language, and were later issued as a collection by Munhak kwa Chisŏngsa in 2008. This is the first volume of a newly launched project to introduce translated Korean academic works to English-language readers. It seems reasonable to publish Kim Chul's work, which demands the rethinking of commonly accepted approaches to Korean literature, as the opening volume in the series.

Because the essays in Reading Colonial Korea through Fiction initially were published at different times, they do not present one overarching argument, but rather are organically connected with each other in the sense that each chapter questions and...

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