Seoul [South Korea], 17th June (ANI/WAM): In a panel discussion held at the 65th Seoul International Book Fair as part of the Sharjah VIP Programme, prominent Emirati and Korean authors highlighted the role of literary salons in nurturing cultural development and promoting intercultural key role in communication. cultural connection.
The conference sheds light on the historic significance of these intellectual gatherings that have helped nations make great literary progress, produce outstanding works, and pave the way for vibrant literary landscapes that reflect their rich identities, histories, and civilizations.
The session titled ‘Emirati and Korean Literature Salon and Its Social Significance’, chaired by Baek Hyewon, Professor of Literature and Translation, was moderated by Emirati author Aisha Sultan and Korean poet Kim Seunghui. Panelists highlighted the prominent role women play in establishing, nurturing and growing these cultural platforms.
The Sultan emphasized that the literary salon culture in the UAE is shaped by the country’s open and progressive society, the active participation of women in the cultural sphere, and the supportive legislation implemented by the government to foster a reading culture in the community.
Tracing the history of UAE literary clubs, the authors highlight their origins in the early 20th century, when intellectuals would gather to discuss literature and culture at gatherings hosted by influential figures such as pearl merchants.
For her part, Korean poet Kim Seunghui delves into the evolution of Korean literary salons, highlighting the transformative journey that brought them to the forefront of shaping Korean intellectual literature and social consciousness.
She emphasized that literary salons play a vital role in shaping Korean literature and cultivating leading figures. (ANI/WAM)
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