Professor Yoon Jeong Oh | M: 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
This course will explore various visual cultures in 20thand 21stcentury Korea, including film/cinema, TV, video, photography, art, and webtoons (a type of digital comic originated in South Korea). While looking at what is visualized or visually represented, this course will also ask whether Korea is obsessed with the visual and investigate the visibility of Korean culture itself. As such, we will discuss the pleasures of the image, the various technologies of vision, the aesthetics and philosophy of the visual, the politics of seeing/being seen, and the visibility and visuality of culture(s). The privileging of the visual in multimedia suggests a defining property of cultural media, that is, of immediacy and transparency. Thus, approaching culture through visual studies will help us rethink how culture is mediated and translated in terms of both identity and its relation to the other cultures. Readings include theoretical texts by Benjamin, Debord, de Certeau, Fanon, Foucault, and Mulvey; films by Kim Jee-woon, Park Chan-wook, and Bong Joon-ho; TV dramas Misaeng and Mr. Sunshine; and webtoons by Yoon Tae-ho, Hun, Kang Full among others.