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Rousing the Reader to Action: North Korean Wartime Literature

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The author first discusses how the stories function and how they were written in order to evoke a certain emotion that rouses the reader to action. He explains by focusing on Han Sŏrya's story Jackals and makes use of North Korean literary critics' essays about this story to explain how it was read in wartime North Korea. He focuses on the characters appearing in the North Korean wartime works and makes use of Martin Hurcombe's observations in his analysis of French patriotic novels written during the Great War. He points out that even in the nationalistic stories, the writer cannot solely paint an extremely positive picture of war, if he wants to be taken seriously by the reader, to address issues that deal with social concerns. This aspect is also visible in North Korea's wartime literature, and expresses some of the reader's wartime concerns.

Keywords: French patriotic novels; Han Sorya; Jackals; Martin Hurcombe; North Korea's wartime literature; social concerns

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