July 25, 2021

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Korean Literature still lost in translation

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South Korean pop stars and actors are still riding the Hallyu wave, feeding international audiences on Billboard chart-toppers, addictive dramas and horse-riding dances. But despite the seeming enthusiasm around all things Korean, the nation’s beloved literature has remained niched, out of the limelight and still struggling to find its place in the American market.

Translated literature, in general, only makes up 3 percent of the American literary market to begin with, and literary fiction and poetry comprises about 0.7 percent of that. Nonetheless, as editor and professor Charles Montgomery points out, people can still rattle off the titles of numerous foreign writers from other countries.

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