The stories vary in style and mood, and in form and perspective. The longest, Yi Sun's 1979 novella "A Dish of Sliced Raw Fish", is "a self-narrative told in memory mode"; the shortest, Kim Won-ju's 1926 "Awakening", is epistolary, with the protagonist writing about her marriage to a friend. Yi Sok-pong's "The Light at Dawn" is a sad story of a couple's misunderstanding. Ch'oe Yun's "Stone in Your Heart" combines a woman's attempt to understand her husband's death in a car crash with her employer's attempt to understand the massacre of his entire family in the Korean War.
Editor Kim Yung-Hee includes a general introduction, surveying the history of women's writing in Korea, and a separate introduction for each individual story, giving a brief biography of the author and the historical context of their life and work. This material is aimed at those without any background knowledge of the country. Each story also has an afterword, explaining the plot and themes of the story. All this gives the volume something of a "textbook" feel, but that doesn't spoil the stories themselves, which can be read and appreciated by themselves.
Its temporal reach and explanatory additions make Questioning Minds a good entry to Korean women's writing for those — perhaps students of women's studies or world literature — after a historical or political overview. For those with a more literary bent, the more contemporary anthology The Future of Silence might work better.
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