Redemption and Regret: Modernizing Korea in the Writings of James Scarth Gale

By James Scarth Gale
Edited by Daniel Pieper

© 2021

Redemption and Regret presents two previously unpublished typescripts of James Scarth Gale, a Canadian missionary to Korea for four decades (1888–1927). During his time in Korea, Gale developed into the foremost Western scholar of Korean history, language, and literature, completing the first translation of Korean literature into a Western language, the first translation of English literature into Korean, and the first comprehensive Korean-English dictionary. In addition to these translations, the typescripts entitled Pen Pictures of Old Korea (ca. 1910) and Old Corea (ca. 1925), each presented here with introductory essays, contain Gale’s observations of various cultural artifacts, behaviours, and practices.

Gale lived in Korea during a tumultuous and transformative period that witnessed the transition of the country from a "hermit" suzerain kingdom to an independent empire, and finally to a colonial possession of Japan. Pen Pictures of Old Korea and Old Corea preserve what Gale viewed as inevitably fated for extinction. This realization imbues his writings with a sense of ambivalence towards the "passing" of traditional Korea – owing to the conflict between his profound admiration for pre-modern Korean culture and his Western missionary identity, which demanded that the country adapt to a modern, Christian world.

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  • Series: James Scarth Gale Library of Korean Literature
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 600 pages
  • Illustrations: 21
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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This work presents the unpublished and largely unknown writings of the missionary James Scarth Gale, one of the most important scholars and translators in modern Korean history.

Redemption and Regret: Modernizing Korea in the Writings of James Scarth Gale

By James Scarth Gale
Edited by Daniel Pieper

© 2021

Redemption and Regret presents two previously unpublished typescripts of James Scarth Gale, a Canadian missionary to Korea for four decades (1888–1927). During his time in Korea, Gale developed into the foremost Western scholar of Korean history, language, and literature, completing the first translation of Korean literature into a Western language, the first translation of English literature into Korean, and the first comprehensive Korean-English dictionary. In addition to these translations, the typescripts entitled Pen Pictures of Old Korea (ca. 1910) and Old Corea (ca. 1925), each presented here with introductory essays, contain Gale’s observations of various cultural artifacts, behaviours, and practices.

Gale lived in Korea during a tumultuous and transformative period that witnessed the transition of the country from a "hermit" suzerain kingdom to an independent empire, and finally to a colonial possession of Japan. Pen Pictures of Old Korea and Old Corea preserve what Gale viewed as inevitably fated for extinction. This realization imbues his writings with a sense of ambivalence towards the "passing" of traditional Korea – owing to the conflict between his profound admiration for pre-modern Korean culture and his Western missionary identity, which demanded that the country adapt to a modern, Christian world.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: James Scarth Gale Library of Korean Literature
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 600 pages
  • Illustrations: 21
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    James Scarth Gale was a Canadian Presbyterian missionary, educator, and Bible translator in Korea.


    Daniel Pieper is a Lecturer in East Asian Languages and Cultures at Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Table of contents

    Series Preface
    Illustrations
    Tables
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction

    Part I: Pen Pictures of Old Korea

    Korean Songs and Verses
    Eternal Life
    Tobacco in Korea
    Concerning the Occult
    A Note of Warning
    On and Off the Street Car
    A Sample of Korean Labour Song
    Marriage in Korea
    Pak’s Experiences
    The Mystery of It
    The Family Line
    Korea’s Electric Shocks
    “Broken Earthenware”
    Unconscious Korea
    Korean Literature
    A New Style of Courtship
    Korea’s Receding Pantheon
    Stone Fights
    Standing for One’s Rights
    That Old Dragon
    Happy Yi
    My Lord the Elephant
    The Displeasure of the Rain God
    Korean New Year’s
    The Korean Woman
    Korea’s Preparation for the Bible
    The Waning Eunuch
    A Freak of Language
    An Affair of State
    Private Minting
    A New Korean
    The Burning of the Temple
    A Royal Funeral
    Belong Small Boxer
    The Foreign Squeezer
    The Awful Kim
    Exit Kim
    The Opening of War
    Prospective
    All Good Things Are Three
    Japan’s Task in Korea
    Where Are We?
    As Regards the Fate

    Part II: Old Corea

    Corean Literature and History

    Corea’s Noted Women
    Yowa Ssi
    Ahwang and Yoyong 
    T’aeim and T’aesa
    Wang Sogun
    Princess Yang

    The Corean’s View of God
    The Mirror of the Heart
    The Worship of Confucius
    Corea’s Filial Piety
    How She Moved to God
    Father and Son

    Social and Allied Subjects
    Prohibition in Corea
    Tea
    Tobacco in Corea
    Corean Paper
    Corean Clothes
    Corean Artists
    Corean Chess
    Teeth

    Ancient Remains
    The Tombs of Uhyolli
    Ancient Burial Remains
    When Kings Die
    Hollanders in Corea

    Superstitions
    Guardians of the Year
    One of the Immortals
    The Spirit Medium

    Short Stories
    The Spoiled Boy
    Yi Changgon
    A Question of Conscience
    Worthy Prince and Lucky Girls
    Powers of Imitation
    The Tartar Hunter

    Miscellaneous
    The Dancing Girl
    Music
    Corean Transportation
    Flies
    The Rainy Season
    A Trip to Sorae Beach

    Poems
    My Shadow by Yi Talch’ung
    Clouds and Mountains by Yi Talch’ung
    The Good and Bad of It by Yi Talch’ung
    The Falling Flowers by Won Kam
    The Joys of Nature by Yi Talch’ung
    A Spell against the Tiger by Hong Yangho
    Tribute to a Needle by Mrs. Yoo
    The Wild Goose by Hong Yangho
    A Far-Eastern Francis of Assisi by Song Hyon
    The Snow by Yi Chehyon
    The Cackling Priest by Yi Chesin

    The Story of Unyong

    Conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index

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