Korea: Giving Up On The Humanities?

A professor at Seoul National Universityt laments that the humanities are not being studied in Korea. Humanities and literature have turned to ‘cultural studies’ that emphasize the interrelationship of ethnic identities, gender studies, postcolonial studies, and film studies. This means that the humanities and literature are now almost always explored and discussed in relation to their cultural and social implications, hegemony, ideology, and history. In many countries this cultural approach seems to succeed, at least partially, in bringing students’ interest back to the humanities and literature. But alas! Not in Korea, where highbrow culture and traditional values are esteemed more than any other country on earth.