At the outset, modernization in the Korean culture was viewed as the acceptance or following of western model. Modernization in early twentieth century in Korea was viewed as it was explained by Kim Uchang in “Modernization brought a cultural crisis-of a dimension incomparably greater than any other in Korean history; it involved a fundamental expansion or change of the horizon of existing cultural values and models”.Kim further analyses the initiation of modernity and envisaged modernity in the early twentieth century as a problem of the Cultural Revolution. The actual feeling related to the concept “being Koreans” emerged from this sense of cultural crisis and quest for identity during the early twentieth century in Korean literature. While traversing the path of Korean literature, during the early twentieth century, the example of romantic love, and the kind of role it exercised in constituting the self or identity was perceived as the requirement of the exigencies of modernity. The entire process is placed in the colonial context and romantic love was viewed in the light of the process assimilation of a foreign culture which was completely alien to the natives and this concept prevailed until romance became the integral and naturalized part of the modern self in Korea.Romantic love was introduced as an extravagant idea in most of the literary works of. Korean Literature.
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Uchang, Kim, “Extravagance and Authenticity: Romantic Love and the Self in Early Modern Korean Literature”, May 08, 2010. Korea Journal. No date. <http://www.ekoreajournal.net/archive/detail.jsp?BACKFLAG=Y&VOLUMENO=39&BOOKNUM=4&PAPERNUM=5&SEASON=Winter&YEAR=1999>
Uchida, Yoshiko, Picture Bride. University of Washington Press, 1997.
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