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date: 16 November 2019

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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.

Keywords: Christianity, music, Korea, traditional Korean music, p’ansori, kayagum, composition, heritage, identity, globalization

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