Maurizio Riotto

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Maurizio Riotto
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Name in Latin Alphabet: Maurizio Riotto
Nationality: 이탈리아
Affiliation: Universita di Napoli L'Orientale


He has written more than 150 books and articles on Korea. He also translated several pieces of Classical and Modern Korean Literature. Among his most important books there are: The Bronze Age in Korea (Kyoto, 1989), An Introduction to Korean Language (Naples, 1990), Korean Folk Tales (Milan, 1994), A History of Korean Literature (Palermo, 1996). Wives, Husbands and Concubines (Palermo, 1998), Korean Religious Poetry (Turin, 2004), A History of Korea (Milan, 2005), The Possible Love: The Tale of Chunhyang (Palermo, 2008). His A History of Korean Literature and A History of Korea are the first example of books of such a kind ever written by a western scholar. Among his translations there are Yi Munyeol’s The Golden-winged Bird (Geumsijo), The Poet (Siin), Our Twisted Hero (Uridur-eui ilgeurojin yeongung) and The Winter of That Year (Geuhae gyeoul). He also translated Kim Seungok’s Record of a Journey to Mujin (Mujin gihaeng), Yi Gyunyeong’s The Other Side of a Dark Remembrance (Oduun gieog-eui jeopyeon) and Cho Jongnae’s Land of Exile (Yuhyeong-eui ttang). As for Korean classical literature he translated The Tale of Queen Inhyeon (Inhyeon wanghu-jeon),The Tale of Yi Chunpung (Yi Chunpung-jeon), The Tale of Ch’unhyang (Chunhyang-jeon), Kim Manjung’s A Nine Clouds’ Dream (Guunmong), Hŏ Kyun’s The Tale of Hong Gildong (Hong Gildongjeon) and Hyecho’s Record of a Pilgrimage to the Five Regions of India (Wangocheon chukkukjeon). Maurizio Riotto also won a KCAF (Korean Culture & Arts Foundation) translation award in 1995 for the translation into Italian of Yi Munyeol’s novel The Poet and the Sicily’s Cultural Award for his History of Korean Literature, in 1996. In 2011, he received, by decree of the President of the Republic of Korea, the Medal of Honor for Cultural Merits (문문문장) “for the exceptional contribution given, by means of his research and teaching, to the development and diffusion of Korean Studies". He has delivered lectures and conferences on Korean Studies-related subjects at Palermo, Erice, Naples, Rome, Milan, Venice, Turin, Genoa, Bologna, Benevento, Arezzo, Cremona, Florence, Como, Capo d’Orlando, Dourdan (Paris), Prague, Stockholm, Vancouver, Vienna, Dublin, Seoul, Seongnam, Sokcho, Gyeongju, Kyoto, etc.


Since 1990 Prof. Maurizio Riotto (1959-) has taught Korean Language and Literature at Naples’ “L’Orientale” University (established 1732), the first institution to have opened a course of Korean Studies in Italy and the oldest university in the western world specialized in Orientalism. After obtaining a Master Degree in 1982, at Palermo National University, he took a Ph.D Degree in 1988 at Rome National University. He also completed a Ph.D. course at the Department of Archaeology of Seoul National University. He is a member of AKSE(Association for Korean Studies in Europe), Korean Archaeological Society, Korean Historical Society (responsible for Europe), and IAKLE - International Association for Korean Language Education - (responsible for Italy). In 1991 and 1993 he was visiting scholar at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan). In 1994 and 2000 he was visiting scholar at Hanyang University (Seoul). In 2002/2003 and 2007/2008 he was visiting professor at SungKyunKwan University, Seoul, where he taught Comparative Cultures to MA and Ph.D. students. In 2009-2013, as visiting professor, he taught Pre-modern History of Korea and Politics in Traditional Korean Literature, Topics in Religion and History of Korea at Sŏgang University, Seoul. In 2013, as Visiting Professor, he taught Pre-Modern history of Korea at Ewha Woman’s University. His main fields of research are Pre-modern History of Korea, Cultural History of Korea, Korean Classic Literature and Comparative Studies.