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Howard, Keith (2016) 'Christianity and Korean Traditional Music.' In: Reily, Suzel Ana and Dueck, Jonathan, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 629-648.

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Keith Howard offers an account of how Korean Christians who are professional musicians specializing in traditional music (kugak) have been attempting to construct a relationship between their faith and Korean traditional music, by incorporating Christian narratives into traditional musical forms, such as p’ansori. Howard notes that both Christianity and Korean traditional music constitute powerful symbols of the place of Korea (for Koreans) in the globalized world; however, because of the contradictory logics of two transnationally imagined identity politics—one imagining Korea as modern and privileging the Western, and the other focusing on Korean “heritage” and privileging the “Korean”—the institutional spaces of Korean traditional music and Christian music have remained separate and distinct.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Korea, music, Christianity, folklore
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Music
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
ISBN: 9780199859993
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2016 14:36

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