* Date : 2016-10-22
In a surprise move, the Swedish Academy announced Bob Dylan as this year's recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Dylan's song lyrics have long been recognized as having literary value, prompting many to congratulate the artist on his achievements and commend the act as transcending the boundaries of conventional literature. However, others also raised questions as to whether an award designed to unearth less-known authors should have gone to Dylan. Should Bob Dylan have been awarded one of the most prestigious awards in literature?
The Nobel Prize is awarded to those who are believed to have made the greatest contribution to mankind in a number of key fields. For the prize of literature, it can be awarded to authors regardless of the language and format in which their works are written. Korea has yet to produce a Nobel laureate in literature, but news that author Han Kang was awarded the prestigious Man Booker International Prize this year has stirred up more excitement about the prospects of Korean authors gaining greater global recognition. Following neighboring countries like China and Japan, will Korea also be able to produce a Nobel laureate in literature in the near future?
We sit down to discuss these issues and more.