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Beyond the State Examinations
Evaluations of Knowledge in Premodern Korea
editor(s): Gehlmann, Martin / Glomb, Vladimir
volume: 34
pages/dimensions: XII, 184 pages, 8 ill.
language: English
binding: Book (Hardback)
dimensions: 17.00 × 24.00 cm
weight: 506g
publishing date: 14.03.2024
prices: 58,00 Eur[D] / 59,70 Eur[A]
ISBN: 978-3-447-12147-7
DOI: 10.13173/9783447121477
58,00 Eur

Based on the assumption that every transfer of knowledge, whether it is implicit or explicit, is accompanied by an evaluation of its efficiency, the contributions of Beyond the State Examinations strive to explore various types of knowledge evaluation in premodern Korea.
While most previous research in this area focused on the backbone of the civil and military structure of the Chosŏn state (1392–1910), the government service examination system, the volume explores new perspectives on both formal and informal modes of knowledge evaluation employed in Buddhist communities, literati gatherings, educational settings, military circles or among women. It shows that the male, elite-centered state examination system and its top-down hierarchy was only one type of knowledge assessment practices in Chosŏn society, even though it was often critically questioned. A broader understanding of knowledge evaluation raises several questions on who assessed Buddhist enlightenment, how military prowess was measured, or why knowledge of literary allusions could not only bring success or failure in the state examinations, but was also a notable form of entertainment for its participants.