Over the last 20 to 30 years, there has been much discussion on the topic of posthumanism, and many sub-branches of this topic have become popularized. But what exactly do we mean when we invoke the term “posthuman”? Is there such a thing as a “human,” inherently set apart from other beings? How has the “human” been conceived in modern and contemporary Korea? What would it mean to be other than human, especially at a time when humans and nonhumans alike are facing a grim future due to ongoing crises caused by human activities (political, social, ecological, etc)? How can the Korean perspective inform the figure of the posthuman? In this survey course, we will seek to address these questions. Readings will include selections of contemporary South Korean as well as Korean American literary and cinematic works, further informed and supplemented by critical pieces from animal and plant studies, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, critical theory, affect theory, and environmental history.
Instructor | Schedule | Section
Peter Yoon | TR 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Section 001 (In-Person)