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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2007

ANS 361 • Korean Anthropologies-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30530 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
RAS 312
Oppenheim, R.

Course Description

This course will focus on the multiple histories of anthropological and quasi-anthropological writing about Korea. Where has such writing been located, intellectually and institutionally, what problems have been central for anthropologists, and what view on Korean social and cultural processes have they provided? Although we will seek to contextualize some of the present trends in Koreanist anthropology, I hope in this course to read some of the past "classics" (and not-so-classics) of the field work that is barely remembered, let alone commonly read and to open the question of whither study of Korea should go in the future. We will pay attention to questions of knowledge and politics, and to how area traditions form within disciplines; we will try to place Korea in the context of other writing on the history of anthropology. Specific topics will include travel writing, cultural nationalism, Orientalism, colonialism, modernization theory, and Cold War dynamics.


Schmid, Korea Between Empires, 1895-1919 Pai, Constructing "Korean" Origins Osgood, The Koreans and their Culture (1951) Brandt, A Korean Village: Between Farm and Sea (1971) A variety of unpublished dissertations and primary materials


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