publication . Article . 2012

Review Essay : Virtually Alive or Questionably Dead? The Ambivalence of Modern Korean Identity in Literature and Cinema

Kim, Kyu Hyun;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jun 2012 Journal: Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review (issn: 2158-9666, eissn: 2158-9674, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Theodore Hughes, Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom's Frontier. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. 304 pp. $55 (cloth).Kyung Hyun Kim, Virtual Hallyu: Korean Cinema of the Global Era. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011, pp. 208. $90 (cloth), $25 (paper).The studies by Kyung Hyun Kim and Theodore Hughes discussed in this essay are rich with information and insights but are also challenging, almost subversive, to some prevalent views on Korean cinema and literature. While Kim looks into contemporary, post-1990s Korean films operating in the global market as an important (but perhaps since 2000 not the most influential) wing of the ha...
free text keywords: Korean Wave, hallyu, History of Asia, DS1-937
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