Poetry of the Last Korean Dynasty
Translating the Brief Songs of the Kisang Courtesan with Constantine Contogenis
Date and Time:
March 16, 1996 - 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Poets House, Spring Street
Constantine Contogenis, co-editor of Brief Songs of the Kisang, poems written by Korean courtesans, will read and discuss the rare blend of emotional freedom, ironic perspective, and technical mastery of these little-known works. He will also present a new, usable theory of literary translation. The kisang (sometimes called “skilled women”) were lower-class Korean women who were forced into artistic (and sometimes sexual) servitude to the 16th and 17th century Korean governments.
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