The 25th Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities

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The Tale of Ch’unhyang Beyond Korea:

Translation, Narrative, and Performance

October 20 & 21, 2017

The 25th HMS Colloquium examines The Tale of Ch’unhyang, one of the most famous classical novels written during the Chosŏn period (1392-1910). Scholars of Korean literature will analyze how the novel has been translated inside and outside of Korea since the turn of the twentieth century. They will explore the challenges of translation in multiple languages such as Japanese, Chinese, English, and French, and how the story evolved in various cultures in ways that diverged from the original version. We will also examine how the Tale of Ch’unhyang has been reconstructed in other genres such as p’ansori (Korean musical storytellilng) and film. The 25th HMS Colloquium is organized by GW Institute for Korean Studies and co-sponsored by organizations listed below.

This event will be held in a span of two days with the p’ansori performance on the first day followed by the talks on the next day.

Friday, October 20, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Florence Hollis Hand Chapel (Mount Vernon Campus)

2100 Foxhall Road NW, Washington, DC 20007

Reception Dinner & P’ansori Performance “Ch’unhyang-ga: Highlights”

P’ansori Singer: Hyeun Bin Lim

Drummer: Taeyoung Kim

M.C.: Hilary Finchum-Sung, Seoul National University

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Harry Harding Auditorium, Elliott School of International Affairs

1957 E Street, NW, Room 213, Washington, DC 20052

Featured Speakers:

Key-Sook Choe, Yonsei University

Serk-Bae Suh, University of California, Irvine

Sookja Cho, Arizona State University

Immanuel Kim, Binghamton University (SUNY)

Janet Y. Lee, Keimyung University

Yumi Han, University Paris-Sorbonne & Korean Cultural Center in Paris

Chan E. Park, The Ohio State University

The 25th HMS Colloquium is open to the public FREE OF CHARGE. However, reservations are required. Please RSVP at

For questions regarding the colloquium, please contact Jisoo Kim, Ph.D., ( or Ann Yang (


HMS 25 Program

The Tale of Chunhyang Poster