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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


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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