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KOREAN 50: Korean Civilization (Spring 2007) Problem Set 1 The following questions will be discussed in your discussion section either April 10 (Tue) or 12 (Thu). Read the assignments below and be well prepared for the discussion. Readings (a) James H. Grayson, “The Myth of Tan’gun: A Dramatic Structural Analysis of a Korean Foundation Myth,” Korea Journal , (Spring 1997), pp. 35-52. (b) Peter H. Lee, et al, ed., Sourcebook of Korean Civilization, Vol. I, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1993), pp. 4-7, 24-35. Questions Q 1-1 : The author, James Grayson, divides the story of Tan'gun into six scenes based on the dramatic structure and theme and tries to draw plausible historical implications from each scene about the foundation of Old Choson. Do you agree with him? If so, why?
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Unformatted text preview: And can you add your own interpretation to Grayson's? If not, why not? Refer to (a) . Q 1-2 : Grayson characterizes the foundation myth of Tan'gun as the expulsion-flight type or exodus-migration type, which strongly implies that the founders of Old Choson might have been migrants rather than natives. Can we find the very similar pattern (type) of foundation myth from other cases such as Koguryo, Paekche, and Silla? In connection with this, what does Grayson imply at the end of his article? Is his implication convincing and interesting to you? If so, why? If not, why not? Refer to the related pages of (a) and (b) .- S. Kye -...
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