In this 51st Installment of Koihime Musou Girls and Famous Koreans, we will introduce Professor Ma Kwang-soo, the most controversial professor in Yonsei University and the author of 'I Like Sexy Women' and 'Let's go to the Rose Inn' - these works are adapted to X-rated Korean Movies.
Ma Kwang-soo (Hangul/Hanja: 마광수/馬光洙; Born: April 14th 1951 in Seoul) is a professor of Korean Language and Literature in the College of Liberal Arts of Yonsei University. Apart of his professorial duties, he is a critic, poet, novelist and journalist that focused on fighting against censorship in Korean Republic. He is famous for 'Let′s Go to the Rose Inn (가자, 장미여관으로/Gaja Jangmi Yeogwan-euro)', a book of poetry with sexually provocative content, criticized today’s writers for not being as bold as he is. He is a member of Mokcheon Ma Clan (목천 마씨/木川馬氏), originated from Mokcheon-eup, Cheonan Dongnam-gu, Southern Chungcheong Province where the ex-radiologist turned poet, Ma Jong-gi (마종기/馬鍾基) originated from the same clan as Kwang-soo.
Ma is one of the most promising figures in the Korean literature scene. The literary genius became a professor at Hongik University at the age of 27 in 1979 and moved to Yonsei University five years later. His unconventional lecturing style won him great popularity on campus, always drawing audiences of over a thousand. Students from other universities even attended his lectures. For them, his sensational talks provided a release for their suppressed desires in the heavily Confucian and military-ruled society.
It was when he published the novel 'Happy Sarah' in 1992 that his liberal style first began to bother conservatives. The novel's heroine, Sarah, is an art student with long fingernails who wear skimpy clothes and lives a hedonistic lifestyle. It spoke of her getting piercings, dying her hair, manicuring her fingernails and swapping lovers, which shocked the public. Ma noted that the patriarchal society of the last decade just could not accept a pleasure-seeking female character.
In the early 1990s, his provocative writing sent shockwaves throughout the heavily Confucian society and angered many conservatives. This led to his unprecedented three-year imprisonment and as a writer for obscenity and he was stripped of his professorship in 1995. After serving his prison term, Ma returned to teaching in 1998, but he was once again the focus of the media as the university attempted to oust the 'disgraced' professor in 2000.
Beginning early June 2005, he was contributing a regular column on sexuality called 'Ma Kwang-soo's Sextory' in the vernacular daily Seoul Shinmun every Thursday. However one of his works, 'Happy Sarah' is still a banned book which was ruled pornographic by the Supreme Court. In 2007, he was fined 2 million won for posting the novel on his blog.