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Contemporary Directions: Korean Folk Music Engaging the Twentieth Century and Beyond (review)

Contemporary Directions: Korean Folk Music Engaging the Twentieth Century and Beyond (review) Book Reviews Contemporary Directions: Korean Folk Music Engaging the Twentieth Century and Beyond, edited by Nathan Hesselink. Korea Research Monograph 27. Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, 2001. 262 pp., illus., index-glossary. $20.00 paper. Comtemporary Directions: Korean Folk Music Engaging the Twentieth Century and Beyond presents eight articles authored by prominent scholars in the field of Korean traditional music. This work, which includes authors from South Korea and the English-speaking sphere, contributes both insider and outsider perspectives to an understanding of the place of Korean folk music in today's society. In the introduction to the collected essays, the editor, Nathan Hesselink, states that the book is an "attempt to address and answer the question what is Korean folk music?" or "what is the nature of Korean folk music" (p. 1). He also mentions two issues that are explored in the book: (1) Korean folk music as a simple, unrestrained, fast, and emotional music genre and (2) that the concept of "folk" must be linked to the past (p. 2). Inevitably in a book about traditional genres, there are numerous names and designations that defy translation, so readers not previously acquainted with many of the Korean http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Korean Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Contemporary Directions: Korean Folk Music Engaging the Twentieth Century and Beyond (review)

Korean Studies , Volume 26 (2) – Dec 3, 2002

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Book Reviews Contemporary Directions: Korean Folk Music Engaging the Twentieth Century and Beyond, edited by Nathan Hesselink. Korea Research Monograph 27. Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, 2001. 262 pp., illus., index-glossary. $20.00 paper. Comtemporary Directions: Korean Folk Music Engaging the Twentieth Century and Beyond presents eight articles authored by prominent scholars in the field of Korean traditional music. This work, which includes authors from South Korea and the English-speaking sphere, contributes both insider and outsider perspectives to an understanding of the place of Korean folk music in today's society. In the introduction to the collected essays, the editor, Nathan Hesselink, states that the book is an "attempt to address and answer the question what is Korean folk music?" or "what is the nature of Korean folk music" (p. 1). He also mentions two issues that are explored in the book: (1) Korean folk music as a simple, unrestrained, fast, and emotional music genre and (2) that the concept of "folk" must be linked to the past (p. 2). Inevitably in a book about traditional genres, there are numerous names and designations that defy translation, so readers not previously acquainted with many of the Korean

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Published: Dec 3, 2002

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