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A Study of Hypertexts of «Kuunmong» 九雲夢, Focusing on «Kuullu» 九雲樓 / «Kuun’gi» 九雲記

Nine Clouds in Motion

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Dennis Wuerthner

This case study deals with late Chosŏn dynasty works of narrative fiction modelled after Kuunmong (A Dream of Nine Clouds) by Kim Manjung (1637–1692). The focus lies on a novel extant in two manuscripts: Sinjŭng Kuullu (Revised augmented edition of the Nine Cloud Tower) and Sinjŭng chaeja Kuun’gi (Revised augmented caizi edition of the Story of Nine Clouds), short Kuullu/Kuun’gi. While this study specifically discusses late premodern hypertexts of Kuunmong, it is also concerned with a set of broader questions regarding the diffusion, circulation, reception, and creative transformation of literary products of different languages on the eve of modernity in Sino-centric East Asia.

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I am indebted to many people who taught and helped me over the years. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Marion Eggert. Without her tremendous guidance and support, the present study would never have been possible. I also wish to thank Jörg Plassen. I was incredibly fortunate to have had two such extraordinary teachers. I would like to offer my special thanks to Rüdiger Breuer for his assistance in the supervision of this study. Moreover, I would like to express my appreciation to my seniors at Ruhr-University Bochum: Myoungin Yu, Thorsten Traulsen, Andreas Müller-Lee, Dorothea Hoppmann, and Hanju Yang. Thank you to Felix Siegmund, Barbara Wall, Florian Pölking, Gwendolin Kleine Stegemann, Gunhild Stierand-Kim and Jürgen Mühl, who offered encouragement and valuable critiques during our colloquia. I am particularly thankful for the assistance and material provided by Yang Sŭngmin. Also, the help offered by Vladimir Glomb was greatly appreciated. I am immensely grateful for the financial support by the Academy of Korean Studies. I would also like to thank Elsa Küppers and Robert Duncan McColl for their help on the manuscript. And I wish to thank my wife, Jiwon, and our kids Joan and Lian for everything, especially for their incredible patience. Finally, I would like to deeply thank my parents and sisters for all they have done for me.

Illustration contained in: Gale, The Cloud Dream of the Nine, 296.

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