Week 4: Library, and early Korean art

Make sure you have completed your assignments covering week 3 by the start of Wednesday’s class!


Username and password can be found on the Canvas Homepage

Remember you can post questions, queries, musings and ideas on the Pad.

Wed. Feb. 5: Information literacy session at library

Meet in TREXLER LIBRARY B01, bring an electronic device (preferably large screen: laptop or tablet)

  1. You will receive an email with an assignment, please prepare before class. In addition, check out our dedicated library subject guide, and bookmark it. It will become another useful resource, together with the resources tab on the class website, for your personal exploration of Korean history.
  2. You will get a chance to look for resources on a topic of your choice:
          • You are not locked into this topic: it could become your final project, but you can also help locate course materials
          • Remember what made you interested in the topics you put on the index cards last Friday. Pick one, and make sure you have some basic information: time or date range, Korean term, alternative terms or transcriptions,…
  3. At the end, share the resources you found in this Google Doc. If possible, add a brief note what made them attractive to you.

Fri. Feb. 7: early Korean art and archaeology

  • Barnes, Gina L. “The Yellow Sea Interaction Sphere: (400 BC – 300 AD).” In Archaeology of East Asia: The Rise of Civilization in China, Korea and Japan, 309-30. Oxbow Books, 2015. Accessed February 5, 2020. www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt19893vd.19.
          • Read chapter to p. 322; the remainder is about Japan.
          • Note: pp. 309-317 does contain a review of parts we discussed already earlier, but through the lens of material culture. Make connections with the course materials from week 2. How are you understanding that material better/differently now?
  • YI, KISUNG. “Transition from the Prehistoric Age to the Historic Age: The Early Iron Age on the Korean Peninsula.” Asian Perspectives 54, no. 1 (2015): 185–206.
          • Trexler library link
          • Read pp. 185-188: what are the problems in periodization? How does this affect our plan for the course?
          • Photographs with the list of course topics: February, March, April
  • Slides (Gdrive link)

And now for something lighter: did you know pizza was invented in Korea? (Neither did I…)