Korean Studies University Seminar in the fall of 2020 will go virtual.
“Day in a Life of North Koreans: Understanding the Literary and Filmic Culture”
Immanuel Kim, George Washington University
Friday, September 11, 2020
Abstract: This presentation will explore the literary and filmic culture in North Korea that is often overshadowed by national security issues. It will begin with a general overview of the literary history, the changing styles and themes in novels, and the social, political, and gender issues that continue to dominate texts today. This presentation will also analyze Paek Namnyong’s Friend, and the life of a writer within the political system. Additionally, I will discuss films (more specifically comedy films) that have impacted the society and have left lasting impressions on North Koreans (even defectors). The primary objective of this presentation is to provide information about the culture, but it is also to help shape topical ideas for teaching.
Co-sponsored by Columbia University Seminar; Academy of Korean Studies, Seoul, Korea