Organized Panel Session
This panel, comprised of specialists in art history and literature, examines the growing interest and appreciation of cultural objects and environments in 17th-19th century Korea. Presenting intriguing cases which unveil how Koreans developed a culture of appreciating objects during that time, the panel inquires into Koreans’ changing perceptions of and attitudes toward their material surroundings, revealing their increased awareness of the utility and power of objects in enriching culture and creating nurturing human environments.
Jungeun Lee investigates the emergence of decorative paintings of cultural objects, probing the way they express the shifting cultural trends and patronage of the time. Jeongsoo Shin, attending to geography and modes of circulation, examines the development and characteristics of miniature rock connoisseurship among elite literati. Dongjae You scrutinizes the popularity of the paintings of One Hundred Boys, focusing on how they address the values and wishes of late Chosŏn people. Sookja Cho explores cartography as a window on Koreans’ avid efforts to locate themselves in an expanding cultural sphere, both real and imaginary.
Each paper instructs us in the significance and power of objects in shaping reality and cultivating humanity, exposing the creative hearts and archival minds which Koreans kindled in themselves. The vignettes of Korean lives we present here also illuminate the intensity and complexity of Koreans’ sensibilities toward the advancement of their cultural surroundings in an emergent, enlarged world, rich with new knowledge and information. We hope this panel contributes to a more nuanced and sophisticated cultural history of late Chosŏn Korea.