Opening the Chrysalis: Willard D. Straight's Sketches, Photographs, and Accounts of Korea's Interaction with the Outside World, 1904-5

Willard D. Straight - architect, diplomat, photographer, publisher, sketcher, and writer - arrived in Korea in 1904 as a correspondent during the Russo-Japanese War, and became the US vice consul in Seoul in 1905. By utilizing a number of images from the Willard Dickerman Straight Papers of Cornell University Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, and by referring to other relevant sources of/about Straight, this essay presents a textual analysis and comprehensive visual reading about the country which Straight observed in a very crucial transition period in global history. It provides a glimpse at the perspective of an early twentieth-century American diplomat, eyewitness, photographer, and writer on the cultural, industrial, and technological transformations that Korea experienced in the early 1900s as a consequence of its interaction with major world powers.


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B. Gürsel, “Opening the Chrysalis: Willard D. Straight’s Sketches, Photographs, and Accounts of Korea’s Interaction with the Outside World, 1904-5,” NEW GLOBAL STUDIES, pp. 0–0, 2021, Accessed: 00, 2022. [Online]. Available: