Records Written in Silence
March 4, 2022 9:07 PM Subscribe
Ed Park (Village Voice), "The Family Plot": "[I]f it is your husband who lies within, you might understandably refer to the chest, four decades hence, as 'that thing.'" JaHyun Kim Haboush's introduction [PDF] to her translation of The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyeong provides context for a "tragic episode" in a "literary masterpiece and an invaluable historical document"--one adapted numerous times, e.g. in the 2015 film The Throne (winner of many awards and selected for Oscar consideration; currently available in the US on Tubi [ad supported]). Yang Hi Choe-Wall's thesis Hanjungnok: Memoirs of an Yi Dynasty Court Lady translates relevant memoirs of Lady Hyegyeong: in chapter 1, much of the memoir of 1795, and in chapters 2 and 3, the memoir of 1805. Also, from a few years later, the royal manuscript Gisa jinpyori jinchan uigwe depicts ceremonial details, flower arrangements, etc. for an occasion honoring Lady Hyegyeong (more info).
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