Ideology of nation, nationalism, and the gendering of subjects

Ideology of nation, nationalism, and the gendering of subjects

Description For this assignment, you should write a thesis-driven essay analyzing 2-4 primary sources from the list below and include at least 2 secondary sources. Your argument and analysis should be contextualized within South Korea’s postwar period. In your essay, you should address one or more of the following issues:

-Patriarchal constructions of gender, femininity, and masculinity

-Frameworks of sexuality and reproduction

-Gendered notions of labor (skilled, “unskilled,” reproductive labor, productive labor, domestic labor)

-Ideology of nation, nationalism, and the gendering of subjects

-Intersectionality of race, class, gender, and sexuality

-Formations of gendered identity within the context of patriarchy

List of primary sources:

-Marginalized in Production and Mobilized to be Domestic from Militarized Modernity by Seungsook Moon, 2005

-Identical Apartments (1974) by Pak Wansŏ

-Mother’s Hitching Post (1980) by Pak Wansŏ

-Days and Dreams (1980) by Kang Sŏk-kyŏng

-Dear Distant Love (1983) by Sŏ Yŏng-ŭn



-“The Minjung Culture Movement and the Construction of Popular Culture in Korea” by Chungmoo Choi, from South Korea’s Minjung Movement (1995)

-Film: Treeless Mountain (So Yong Kim, 2009)

-Film: Madonna (Shin Su-won, 2015)

-Film: House of Hummingbird (Kim Bo-ra, 2020)

**Here are some questions to consider when expanding your essay, depending on your focus:

–  How does this additional piece of fiction expand on or further support your thesis?

–  Does your framework show a shift in social concerns in Korean women’s fiction over time? Is this particular to historical shifts, or to the writers’ work?

–  Do postwar constructions of labor, gender, and nation persist into the late 20th to 21st Centuries? How so?

–  How has the form and content of Korean women’s fiction shifted over time?

–  How has Korean women’s film highlighted, expanded, or redirected concerns in literature?

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