Aims & Scope
Chunwon Research Journal is the journal of Chunwon Research Society, an academic society established with the purpose of doing research on Yi Kwangsu (also notated in romanization as Lee Kwang-soo, etc.) and his literature. Until recently, it has been the goal of our society to publish research papers on Yi Kwangsu and his literature, and other meaningful materials that are directly related to this topic. As time passed by, however, we felt the need for other ways to support research on Yi Kwangsu and his literature that would help enrich the research on this topic. While Yi Kwangsu and his literature secure an indispensable place in the history of modern Korean literature, they have also been objects of many controversies and debates, entailing both advocacy and criticism. We aim at contributing to the research of modern Korean literature by pursuing research on Yi Kwangsu and his literature without bias but with fairness, which are critical values in literary research and criticism. With this goal on mind, we have decided to henceforth include in our Chunwon Research Journal academic papers on any topic that deals with exploring Yi Kwangsu and his literature. As Yi Kwangsu was a writer who opened up Korea’s last stage of transition into the modern world, his literature contains both the themes of modernity and postmodernity. And because he was active in many areas and had a long literary career, he was associated with many literary networks accordingly to his masterly status. We have thus decided to accept academic papers on ‘all’ topics of discussion, inclusive of other writers surrounding Yi Kwangsu and his literature, their contemporaries, and their works; for instance, topics about understanding modern Korean history, debates on the so-called ‘colonial reality,’ among others. With this decision, we strive to take a step forward and take on a more active role for improving the quality and quantity of research in modern Korean literature. Indeed, Yi Kwangsu is not the single converging point of the history of modern Korean literature. Problems he raised were not resolved during his times, either. Notwithstanding, at large, even today’s modern Korean literature is not unrelated to the ‘phenomenon’ of Yi Kwangsu. Hereupon, Chunwon Research Journal will continue to contribute to the modern Korean literature academia by accepting academic papers on all sorts of general debates in the history of modern Korean literature, while prioritizing research on Yi Kwangsu and his literature.