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Korean Screen Cultures: Interrogating Cinema, TV, Music and Online Games

From the publisher’s website:

The “Korean Wave”, or Hallyu phenomenon, has brought South Korean popular culture to the global population. Studies on Korean visual culture have therefore often focused on this aspect, leaving North Korea sidelined and often considered in a negative light because of its political regime. Korean Screen Cultures sets out to redress this imbalance with a broad selection of essays spanning both North and South as well as different methodological approaches, from ethnographic and audience studies to cultural materialist readings. The first section of the book, «The South», highlights popular media – including online gaming and television drama – and concentrates on the margins, in which the very nature of «The South» is contested. «The South and the North» examines North Korea as an ideological other in South Korean popular culture as well as discussing North Korean cinema itself. «The Global» offers new approaches to Korean popular culture beyond national borders and includes work on K-pop and Korean television drama. This book is a vital addition to existing scholarship on Korean popular culture, offering a unique view by providing an imaginary unification of the two Koreas negotiated through local and transnational popular culture flows


Foreword | Julian Stringer

Introduction | Andrew David Jackson and Colette Balmain

Part I The South

  1. It’s a Roughneck World: Male Solidarity across Generations, Classes and Races in the TV Drama Get Up | Jacob Ki Nielsen
  2. Blood is Thicker than Water, or is It? Depictions of ‘Alternative Families’ in Contemporary Korean Cinema | Ji-Yoon An
  3. The Narrative of the Misfit among South Korean Game Developers | Chloe Paberz
  4. Locating Cosmopolitanism in the Films of E J-Yong | Chi-Yun Shin

Part II The South and the North

  1. ‘Arirang’: Addressing the Nation in South and North Korea | Jake Bevan
  2. Now on My Way to Meet Who? South Korean Television, North Korean Refugees and the Dilemmas of Representation | Stephen J. Epstein and Christopher K. Green
  3. Comedy and Ideology in My Family’s Problem | Immanuel Kim
  4. DPRK Film, Order No. 27 and the Acousmatic Voice | Andrew David Jackson
  5. How Are Historic Events Remembered? North Korean War Films on the Inchon Landing Operation | Hana Lee

Part III The Global

  1. Ch’unhyang at War: Rediscovering Franco-North Korean Film Moranbong (1959) | Mark Morris
  2. Framing South Korea and Vietnam’s Past and Present in Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait | Jessica Conte
  3. Searching for Traces of Absence: Korean Diaspora in Contemporary Korean Cinema | Juyeon Bae
  4. Cosmopolitan Strivings and Racialisation: The Foreign Dancing Body in Korean Popular Music Videos | Cedarbough T. Saeji
  5. Inappropriate Desire and Heterosexuality Negotiated: The Case of Women K-Drama Watchers | Marion Schulze

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