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MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Henry J. Antkiewicz
William D. Burgess, Tom Lee
Korea had traditionally confined literacy to a small elite ruling class, who were trained to read and write in Chinese characters until the end of the nineteenth century. Literacy education must be made both easier and more accessible, argued Korean intellectuals who endorsed the promotion of hangul, a phonetic native Korean alphabet that had only been circulating among the less privileged. The notion that hangul should become the standardized national script of Korea has also been voiced by Western missionaries in the country. Korean nationalists who became heavily influenced by Christianity further elaborated this goal. A nationalistic movement to promote mass literacy and to reclaim Korea’s lost cultural legacy had a foreign origin that had been overlooked for a long time. This thesis seeks to analyze the degree to which foreign influences had on the inception of Korea’s scripto-nationalism.
Thesis - restricted
Lu, Emily Q., "Hangul Nationalism: Missionary and Other Outside Influences in Nineteenth-Century Korean Writing Reform" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3778. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/3778
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