Finding a New Seoul in the Old Buildings of Kim Swoo-geun, Architect of Modern Korea

By Colin Marshall Like many a Westerner with an interest in Korea (and without any stake in the relevant historical …

Heroes, Fantasies, and Families: What Went Into the First Korean Novels?

By Charles Montgomery The LARB Korea Blog is currently featuring selections from The Explorer’s History of Korean Fiction in Translation, …

Hagwon Horror Stories: Kevin M. Maher’s English-Teaching Expat Novel “No Couches in Korea”

By Colin Marshall Korea has inspired several volumes of English-language travel writing, even narratives of extended sojourn in or repeat …

Working the Spaces Between: an Interview with Korea Lit founder Hannah E. Carson

By Charles Montgomery In the last dozen years or so, Korea has made a concerted effort to increase its cultural …

Watching Korea Develop Through Sixty Years of Commercials

By Colin Marshall Not long after I moved to Korea, an American expat of decades’ standing described the country to …

Why Does Korean Literature Use an Alphabet?

By Charles Montgomery The LARB Korea Blog is currently featuring selections from The Explorer’s History of Korean Fiction in Translation, …

Wangsimni, My Hometown: a Gangster (and a Filmmaker’s) Pledge of Devotion to Korea

By Colin Marshall This is one in a series of essays on important pieces of Korean cinema freely available on …