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A position to Live brings jointly in one quantity an creation to Yi Chung-hwan’s (1690–1756) T’aengniji (Treatise on selecting Settlement)—one of the main greatly learn and influential of the Korean classics—and an annotated translation of the textual content, together with the author’s postscript.

Yi composed the T’aengniji within the 1750s, a time whilst, regardless of King Yŏngjo’s (r. 1724–1776) coverage of impartiality, the scholar-gentry classification endured to identifiy strongly with literati factions and to take part within the political scene as such. A in demand secretary who had his profession lower brief as a result of suspected involvement in a single of the most important literati purges at court docket, Yi continued lengthy sessions of dwelling in exile earlier than completing the T’aengniji in his early sixties. The treatise, his basically colossal paintings, is predicated mostly on his travels in the course of the Korean peninsula and provides not just his perspectives at the desirability of areas for payment, but in addition his reviews on modern concerns and feedback of presidency coverage. for that reason, the T’aengniji circulated as an nameless paintings for a few years. using the most recent study on T’aengniji manuscripts, translator Inshil Yoon keeps in her creation that the unique name of the treatise used to be Sadaebu kagŏch’ŏ (Livable areas for the Scholar-Gentry); she is going directly to speak about intimately its reception by means of premodern and modern students and the treatise’s ongoing attractiveness as evidenced via the various types and translations performed during this and the former century, its having been made right into a novel, and present utilization of “t’aengniji” as a noun that means “regional geography” or “travelogue.”

The current translation is predicated at the Chosŏn Kwangmunhoe edition.

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