Корейский полуостров в ожидании мира и процветания
The collection of articles by Russian scholars focuses on the positive changes on the Korean Peninsula that occurred during 2018. The results of the North Korean leader's summits with the leaders of China, the USA and South Korea held in 2018 are analyzed. The impact of these meetings on the prospects of resolving the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula is considered. The problems of creating a new mechanism for maintaining peace on the peninsula, taking into account the security interests of Russia, are studied. The issues of relations between the two Korean states and their neighbors in the NEA region are considered. Much attention is given to the state and prospects of trade and economic relations between the Republic of Korea and Russia, the analysis of some aspects of the experience of economic development of the ROK in terms of its use in Russia. Separate chapters are devoted to the issues of Korean historical and cultural heritage and its connection with the modern days, in particular, to the 100th anniversary of the March 1st movement of 1919 for the independence of Korea
Traditional motives in contemporary South Korean literature (referencing Cheon Myun-Gwan's novel "Whale")
This article analyzes Cheon Myun-Gwan's novel "Whale", named by critics as "unusual" for its originality, frequent time shifts, and odd - if not fantastic - characters. Reality quietly morphs into fantasy, romantic stories absorb naturalistic scenes, lines of poetry augment descriptions of tragic events. The author himself is present in this fictional universe. Rarely does Korean fiction admit author's digression, yet in "Whale", the author addresses the reader and offers his own opinion on characters' actions and background events making reference to related historical episodes.
This article explores traditional motives related to folk beliefs, shamanism, Confucianism, and one of the forms of the Tao teachings. The unusual characters resembling those from the Korean medieval novellas paeseol can, too, be called traditional. Special attention is given to the main idea going through the entire novel — the life and death opposition — which has concerned philosophers and ordinary people alike since ancient times. The author repeatedly mentions the laws of the universe (the laws of love, flesh, heredity, crime, etc.) that govern the lives of the novel characters, and those laws are distant from the Confucian laws, which in turn regulate relationships between people in traditional Korean society.