Professor Yoon Jeong Oh | R: 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Is Korea postcolonial? Despite the crucial importance of Japanese colonialism in Korean history, Korea has not typically been included in postcolonial studies. The field is constructed and dominated by Anglophone and Francophone studies, whereas Korea was not colonized by a Western country but by the Japanese. Even in Korea, postcolonialism is mainly considered an imported Western discourse that has severe limits in Korean contexts. Moreover, because Korea was divided into North and South as soon as it was decolonized, the (post)colonial issues in Korea were immediately subsumed under the discourses of the Cold War. This course examines the links between postcolonialism and Cold War discourses in Korea and puts postcolonial Korea in conversation with Anglophone and Francophone postcolonial studies. Readings will include literary works by Choi In-hun, Park Wan-suh,and Kim Su-yong, and critical theory from Frantz Fanon, Homi Bhabha, Gayatri Spivak, and Heonik Kwon. We will also watch films by Im Kwon-taek and Lee Man-hee among others as well as non-Korean films, such as Death by Hanging, Go, and My Beautiful Laundrettefor comparative discussion.