Intimate Empire: Collaboration and Colonial Modernity in Korea and Japan
A Minor Writer
This chapter addresses the question of the “minor writer,” with a nod to Deleuze and Guattari’s formulation of minor literature. Focusing on the colonial writer Kim Saryang, this chapter demonstrates the struggles accompanying the attempt to write in Japanese, the ways in which an “internal linguistic division” marks the inhabiting of the metropolitan language. The chapter shows how the colonial Korean writer finds himself negotiating the desire for recognition by the metropolitan literary establishment and audience (a readership that projects its own exoticizing desires onto his text), the writer’s own sense of responsibility toward the representation of Korea and Koreans,...