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The Rise of K-Dramas: Essays on Korean Television and Its Global Consumption

From the publisher’s website:

Korean dramas gained popularity across Asia in the late 1990s, and their global fandom continues to grow. Despite cultural differences, non-Asian audiences find “K-dramas” appealing. Diverse in both content and form, they range from historical melodrama and romantic comedy to action, horror, sci-fi and thriller. Devotees pursue an immersive fandom, consuming Korean food, fashion and music, learning Korean to better understand their favorite shows, and travelling to Korea for firsthand experiences. Examining the cultural impact of K-drama and its fandom, this collection of new essays focuses on the formation and transformation of identities in the context of regional and global dynamics and differing values and beliefs among social groups. Contributors discuss such popular series as Boys over FlowersMy Love from the Star and Descendants of the Sun.

JaeYoon Park is an assistant professor of media communication at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. She has published in such academic journals as Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media and Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture.

Ann-Gee Lee is an associate professor of English at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. Her research interests lie in women’s studies, covert rhetoric, civic discourse, and popular culture.


Part 1. Fandom, Consumption and  International Relations

  • Consuming K-Drama Cuisine: The Intersection of Fans, Fandom and Food in the Search for a Real Korean Meal | Jennifer Rachel Dutch
  • Desiring Asian Masculinities Through Hallyu Tourism | Min Joo Lee
  • Korean Dramas as Chinese “She-Economy” | Ann-Gee Lee
  • Riding the Drama Waves: Reconsidering Korean Soft Power and Clashing Nationalisms | Tony Tai-Ting Liu and Phyllis Wei-Lih Yeh

Part 2. Identity Formation, Transformation and Gender Relations

  • Gender, Aging and Disability in Dear My Friends (2016) | JaeYoon Park
  • A Postsecular Analysis of Two Ghost-Infested Dramas | Mary A. Sobhani
  • Portrayals of “Soft Beauty”: Analyzing South Korean Soft Masculinities in Media and in Real Life | Sofia Murell

Part 3. Co-Production and Adaptation

  • Chinese-Korean TV Drama Co-Production: Representations of International Romance and the Potential of Multiculturalism | Elaine W. Chung
  • An Eastern Perspective on Western Dramas: A Korean Take on American Television Dramas | Daniela Mazur, Melina Meimaridis and Afonso de Albuquerque
  • The East Meets the Middle East: Cultural Proximity, Audience Reception and Korean TV Adaptations on Turkish Televisions | Yeşim Kaptan and Murat Tutucu

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