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Title: Korean Sijo music and poetry : transmission and aesthetics
Author: Lamp, Sebastian
ISNI:       0000 0004 7655 9505
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis explores Korean 'sijo', as both poetry and music. It surveys the different bodies of research on the topic that are the result of 'sijo' long being treated from one or other of the perspectives of literary and musicological scholarship by both Western (e.g. Rutt 1971, McCann 1988, O'Rourke 2002) and Korean scholars (e.g. Chang Sa-hun 1986, Kim Tae-Haeng 1986, Cho Kyu-Ick 1994). Placing both literary and musicological aspects together, this thesis discusses the form, origins and content of 'sijo'. The synthesis of the two aspects forms the basis of my exploration of 'sijo' performance during the 20th century. My focus is on the transmission of 'chongga' - 'sijo', along with 'kagok' and 'kasa', that together form Korea's classical vocal music tradition - during the turbulent times from the late 19th century through the colonial period to the post-liberation era. The important actors, that is, the singers, scholars and relevant institutions - governmental and private - have been discussed at least partially in various publications (e.g. Hahn Man-young 1990, Yi Pohyong 2004, Song Bang-Song 2007, Kim Minjong 2015, Moon Hyun 2015), but this thesis provides the first thorough account of 'chongga' in the 20th century, its teaching genealogies, institutions, aspects of its preservation, and its regional variants. This thesis demonstrates that the subtle aesthetic of 'chongak' literati music lies at the heart of what constitutes 'sijo' as a genre; reference to Confucian and sometimes Daoist influence on the aesthetic of literati music is frequent, but the nature of such influence has not been adequately discussed. I survey academic writings by Korean and Western scholars (e.g. Donna Kwon 1995, Lee Byong Won 1997, Byung-ki Hwang 2001) to address terminology and concepts relevant in the context of 'chongga' and then, based on my personal fieldwork, and in order to provide a comprehensive account of 'chongga' aesthetics, I complement previous writing by incorporating the views of contemporary 'chongga' singers.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral