After the 1990s, Korean society entered a new phase that was different from the past. People began agreeing that Korea was a rare case among developing countries in that it had accomplished both industrialization and democratization. Upon the realization of industrial and democratic goals, matters of individual desire begin to precede attitudes emphasizing public ideology.
Due to the intimate relationship between literature and society, this kind of social change has been organically reflected in novels. The concern of novels has gradually shifted from the public sphere to the private sphere. The position of nation, people, and ideology in novels has been replaced by matters of domesticity and private life such as issues of family, sexuality, social minorities, and so forth.
The changes are evident in the form of the novel. Varieties of media became more prominent, and the walls between high culture and low culture have broken down. With these social changes, the boundary between literature and other media has continued to collapse. Traditionally accepted aesthetics has lost its ground in contemporary Korean novels.
1 Goodbye Mr. Yi Sang Kim Yeonsu, Munhak Dongne Publishing Corp., 2007, 278p ISBN 978-89-8281-358-6 03810
2 The Last Fan Club of the Baseball Team, Sammi Superstars Park Min-gyu, Hankyoreh Publishing Company 2008, 304p, ISBN 978-89-8431-104-6 03810
3 Having Been at a Loss, I Knew IT Went That Way Lee Kiho, Munhak Dongne Publishing Corp. 2007, 328p, ISBN 978-89-546-0228-2 03810
4 Human Myth Son Honggyu, Munhak Dongne Publishing Corp., 2005, 328p ISBN 978-89-546-0000-X 03810
5 So Quoth Bongseop Son Honggyu, Changbi Publishers, Inc. 2008, 335p, ISBN 978-89-364-3705-3 03810