Voices from the Straw Mat: Toward an Ethnography of Korean Story Singing

Hardback: $51.00
ISBN-13: 9780824825119
Published: February 2003

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352 pages
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  • About the Book
  • From its humble “straw mat” origins to its paradoxical status as a national treasure, p'ansori has survived centuries of change and remains the primary source of Korean narrative and poetic consciousness. In this innovative work, Chan Park celebrates her subject not as a static phenomenon but a living, organic tradition adapting to an ever-shifting context. Drawing on her extensive literary and performance backgrounds, Park provides insights into the relationship between language and music, singing and speaking, and traditional and modern reception. Her “performance-centered” approach to p'ansori informs the discussion of a wide range of topics, including the amalgamation of the dramatic, the narrative, and the poetic; the invocation of traditional narrative in contemporary politics; the vocal construction of gender; and the politics of preservation.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Chan E. Park, Author