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Poetry of the Last Korean Dynasty

Translating the Brief Songs of the Kisang Courtesan with Constantine Contogenis

Mar 16, 1996 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Songs of the Kisaeng book cover

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.

Location Poets House, Spring Street Sponsored By Poets House


Mar 16, 1996
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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